Oracle preps E-Business Suite for US midmarket

Oracle will launch a US version of its E-Business Suite Special Edition product for midsized companies before the end of the...

Oracle will launch a US version of its E-Business Suite Special Edition product for midsized companies before the end of the year.

First introduced in Asia and Europe last year, the E-Business Suite Special Edition is a package of enterprise applications delivered ready to run on a hardware server. The product includes the accounting, sales order management, inventory management and purchasing modules of the Oracle E-Business Suite.

"It will be similar, but it is not going to be exactly the same. Different markets require different offerings," Oracle spokesman Sean Mills said.

In Europe, the product is sold by Oracle partners. The idea is to offer a product that costs less than €100,000 (£70,139), requires little customisation and can be running in days.  The software is designed for 10 to 25 users. If more than 25 user accounts are needed, a company has to upgrade to the full E-Business Suite.

Oracle defines the US midmarket as companies with between 20 and 999 employees and between $20m (£12.4m) and $1bn (£621m) in annual revenue, Mills said.

The E-Business Suite Special Edition offering puts Oracle in competition for midmarket companies with rivals SAP and Microsoft's Business Solutions unit.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

 

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