Oracle sets date for application suite release

Oracle will ship the next version of its E-Business Suite of enterprise applications on 8 November.

Oracle will ship the next version of its E-Business Suite of enterprise applications on 8 November.

The software maker officially unveiled E-Business Suite 11i.10 at its OpenWorld conference in London in early September. At the time Oracle said customers would be able to get their hands on the delayed software within 60 days.

The product will be available in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, said Steve Miranda, Oracle's vice-president of financials applications development. Other languages will follow shortly, he added.

Oracle pitched the system integrators on the industry specific features of 11i.10, which it also discussed at OpenWorld. The company has said 11i.10 includes at least 2,100 new capabilities.

The investments to target specific industries will continue, said Charles Phillips, Oracle's president.

"The next wave of our applications investment will be by vertical. Some of it will be by acquisitions," Phillips said.

Phillips reiterated that partners are important as Oracle seeks to grow its applications business.

"The percentage of revenue coming through partners is increasing...  I think it will be over half soon," he said. Oracle has a strong direct sales force, but is increasingly relying on partners, especially when it comes to sales to small and medium-sized businesses.

Oracle has already been releasing 11i.10 in piecemeal fashion, for example it lauched on 13 August Oracle CRM 11i.10, which includes updated sales, marketing and partner relationship management modules.

Aside from a focus on specific industries, E-Business Suite 11i.10 also builds on Oracle's integration story. Oracle is exposing many interfaces as web services to make it easier and less costly for companies to automate business processes that span Oracle and non-Oracle applications.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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