Oracle unveils outsourcing options

Oracle has claimed that 80% of its customers are deploying its e-Business 11i version and has unveiled two outsourcing programmes...

Oracle has claimed that 80% of its customers are deploying its e-Business 11i version and has unveiled two outsourcing programmes and a business intelligence system.

The first programme, Oracle All-In-One, calls for Oracle to quote enterprises an exact price for licensing, implementing, and maintaining its software.

The second initiative, the e-Business Suite Subscription Edition, will provide small businesses - primarily US-based distribution companies - with a fixed set of applications including financials, inventory and procurement with no customisation options for a monthly subscription fee.

Oracle now has 6,000 customers live on its e-Business suite and its outsourcing business is doubling.

"The majority of our customers over the next five years will move to an outsourced model," said Jeff Henley, Oracle's chief financial officer.

"Smaller customers can get at least half the costs of what they do themselves. The biggest single thing is the quality of the uptime, the availability. We can do some unique things and because we have this direct connection built right into development and support."

Rob Moon, chief information officer of PC monitor manufacturer ViewSonic, said his company has contained its IT costs to a mere 1% of sales.

"It's really very cost effective for us to host [Oracle 11i] ourselves," Moon said. "I like having my own resources, so if we want to make a change we can do it fast."

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