Oracle said that by using Small Business Extensible Markup Language (SMBXML), third-party applications could now be connected to Oracle Small Business Suite, eliminating the need for Small Business Suite users to manually transfer information.
Third-party software developers can also now include single sign-on and server-to-server integration capabilities in their software. Single sign-on takes away the need to keep entering passwords for different applications, while server-to-server integration enables real-time data exchange between Web-based applications.
Oracle also announced a Web-store development kit for users with their own custom online storefronts, providing for integration between the online store and the electronic commerce and accounting features of the Small Business Suite.
Several vendors have already added the new features to their products. Items from the Small Business Suite Web store, for example, can now be put up for sale on multiple online auctions and marketplaces through SMBXML integration with Infopia's Marketplace Manager, according to Oracle.
SMBXML describes a data exchange format and is an open, XML-based standard designed for use by small and medium-sized businesses.
Other vendors committed to integrating with Small Business Suite include Lexys Technology, a maker of retail applications; Mercantec, a vendor of online storefronts and NetPOS.com, a developer of online point-of-sale technology.
Oracle Small Business Suite is available only via the Web, and is targeted at businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The online applications allow customers to manage key business processes such as payroll.
Oracle Small Business Suite, operated by NetLedger, was announced in June this year. NetLedger is majority-owned by Oracle's chairman and chief executive officer, Larry Ellison.