Oracle sets Nov. 8 date for applications suite release
Added On:7/8/2007 1:54:13 AM
Oracle Corp. plans to finally ship the next version of its E-Business Suite of enterprise applications on Monday Nov. 8.
Corp. plans to finally ship the next version of its E-Business Suite of
enterprise applications on Monday Nov. 8, company executives said
Thursday. The Redwood Shores, California-based 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 ship date has now been set for Nov. 8, at which time the product
will be available in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian,
Steve Miranda, Oracle's vice president of financials applications
development said in a presentation at an event for system integrators
at Oracle's headquarters Thursday. Other languages will follow shortly,
At Thursday's event, 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
The investments to target specific industries will continue, Charles
Phillips, Oracle's president, said Thursday. "The next wave of our
applications investment will be by vertical. Some of it will be by
acquisitions," Phillips said. He did not provide any further
information about Oracle's plans, but an Oracle spokeswoman said
Oracle's bid for PeopleSoft Inc. is one of those acquisitions.
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
Oracle has already been releasing 11i.10 in piecemeal fashion, for
example launching on Aug. 13 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, the company has said.
While Oracle executives on Thursday specified Nov. 8 as the release
date for 11i.10, an Oracle spokeswoman at the event added as a caveat
that logistical bumps could result in the product being released a few
days later. The second week of November is a safe bet, she said.
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