Oracle Previews 11i Apps at Paris User Conference

LONDON (03/20/2000) - E-commerce enabling and database software giant Oracle Corp. made a variety of announcements today at its Oracle Applications User Conference in Paris. The company is also previewing a variety of new products at the show, including the Oracle Applications Release 11i, Oracle announced today.

The Internet software package allows medium-to-large-sized companies to move and operate their front- and back-office business online, Oracle said in a statement. Services available through the Oracle Applications Release 11i include integrated Web store, telephone sales and field sales information and services, integrated call center and Web-based self-service, Internet procurement and electronic exchanges, along with Internet supply chain inventory and fulfillment, Oracle said.

Oracle did not disclose pricing information for the software package. The Applications Release 11i, which is built on the Oracle Internet Platform, including Oracle8i and Oracle Internet Application Server, runs from a single code that localizes global information such as currencies and languages, Oracle said.

New applications that run with the Release 11i package include Oracle's iSupport, eMail Center, Customer Intelligence and Scripting, the company said.

The software package also includes updated versions of Oracle's iStore, iMarketing and iPayment programs, Oracle said.

In addition, Oracle also announced The FastForward software package which will now be available through 19 of Oracle's applications partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. There are seven different varieties of FastForward which are designed to get medium-sized and rapidly growing businesses operating online, the company said.

Moreover, Oracle's new online community aimed at its e-commerce customers and partners, Oracle AppsNet, is now up and running. The collaborative online forum includes discussion groups, message boards and up-to-date product information available to anyone who registers, Oracle said. The site has information on future products, upgrades and programs, and will be upgraded in the future to allow members to send feedback to Oracle.

Oracle's euro migration software is also fully available beginning today, the company said. Companies can adapt accounting methods to the euro rapidly or phased in over time, using the three steps offered with Oracle's software. The software first initializes business records in the euro currency, then allows a company to operate using multiple currencies during the transition period, until the company is ready to adopt the euro as its accounting currency, Oracle said.

Oracle also announced that 59 organizations in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions have bought the Internet Procurement element of Oracle's e-commerce software package. New customers include the County of Copenhagen in Denmark, Reuters Group PLC and Swedish telecom company Telia AB, Oracle said.

The software, which allows a company to put its entire purchasing process online, saw a 231 percent growth rate in Oracle's last fiscal quarter, the company said.

Oracle, in Redwood Shores, California, can be reached at +1-650-506-7000, or at http://www.oracle.com/.

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