Notable new features include workflow and event management capabilities as well as clustering software and support for the latest version of J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition).
The moves are seen as an attempt by Oracle to differentiate itself in the increasingly hard-fought database market. The building-in of workflow and event management capabilities heralds a change from normal practice. Suppliers usually incorporate these functions at the application server or software levels but Oracle is pushing to move these into the database.
The company is also developing software to apply the high availability capabilities of its Real Application Clusters software to enterprise applications. The technology was introduced with the 9i release in July.