Oracle gets open source e-business tools

A UK-based Oracle e-Business Suite ISV has released its entire range of products free and open source, according to the company.

ApplTop Solutions' software is aimed at embedded productivity and compliance applications for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) aimed at easing compliance and governance challenges, including data auditing and security, and application enhancements.

The productivity suite can also help with issues surrounding the extension of Oracle EBS, from building application extensions, to reporting front-ends and ad-hoc querying, company officials said.

Craig O'Neill, ApplTop Solutions CEO, said the company is very excited about entering the free and open source world, because the Oracle EBS user base "deserves" access to these solutions to help them improve their applications.

"Ensuring any business has access to our solutions if they so wish is our principal objective with this strategy and we expect the up-take to be high," O'Neill said.

"Many vendors in this field exclude the user base by incessantly increasing costs with a tendency to 'cash-in' on the latest 'big-thing' or trend."

O'Neill said this is the case particularly in the US with the recent Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act and the assortment of tools on offer to help alleviate the issues associated with SOX compliance.

"ApplTop Solutions is the only business on the planet that offers these kinds of Oracle EBS solutions at no cost," he said. "Businesses using Oracle EBS have nothing to loose and much to gain. The bottom line is that our solutions help businesses save time, money, [and] help businesses perform more efficiently as well as improving application security and user productivity."

ApplTop offers optional support services, standard and premium, on an annual subscription basis. ApplTop Applications, the Compliance Suite and the Productivity Suite are available for download now directly from the ApplTop Web site at http://www.appltop.com.

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