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Collaboration given a buzz with Oracle Beehive

Antony Savvas

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Beehive to help organisations secure communications and add collaboration into business processes.

A comprehensive open-standards based enterprise collaboration platform, Oracle Beehive delivers integrated team workspaces, calendar, instant messaging and e-mail to users.

By using a unified object model and taking advantage of the security capabilities in the Oracle Database, Oracle Beehive provides a centralised, secure and auditable collaboration platform, that helps organisations reduce the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance and legal discovery, said Oracle.

Oracle Beehive's integrated services and open hot-pluggable architecture enable organisations to embed collaboration directly into existing business applications and processes.

As a result, users can invoke Oracle Beehive's collaboration services from within applications and a broad range of client interfaces.

Oracle Beehive helps extend IT investments and simplify administration by leveraging existing infrastructure, such as standards-based authentication, role-based access control, and privacy tools.

Oracle Beehive software is now available, with software licenses from around £60 per user.

David Mitchell, an analyst at Ovum, said, "Oracle Collaboration Suite was not widely adopted in the market, with Oracle finding difficulties in persuading customers to adopt the technology.

"Beehive, with its much improved functionality, architecture and user-interaction models, has the potential to change that pattern."

He said, "Beehive offers facilities for team workspaces, messaging, e-mail, calendar management, instant messaging, presence, task management, document management, web/voice conferencing, mobile access and voicemail. These are the key areas of functionality that would be expected in a modern collaboration platform."


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