Oracle accelerates SMB applications

80 industry-specific bundles

Oracle Australia has launched a program to bring a single, consolidated solutions package to the local SMB sector.

The Oracle Accelerate program combines it's e-business suite, PeopleSoft enterprise, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and Siebel along with rapid implementation tools providing a portfolio of products.

Oracle Asia Pacific vice president for applications product solutions, Adrian Johnston, said the applications are based on open standards, offer a reduced TCO and are less complex than proprietary business systems.

"The introduction of Oracle Accelerate makes it faster and easier for customers and partners to leverage Oracle's enterprise applications," he said adding the move is part of a global initiative utilising Fusion5, Jigsaw Services, Acumen Alliance and Ndevr.

John Lockett, CEO of local architectural framing systems supplier LIDCO, which has recently adopted Oracle Accelerate, said the program offers low risk solutions.

He said Accelerate provides world-class applications at a price and complexity that matches its business processes and reduces risk for SMB's.

Real estate firm, the Valad Property Group and Fish Developments is also using the program.

Oracle Accelerate has 80 industry-specific application bundles.

Both Oracle and its main rival SAP are working hard to crack the highly fragmented SMB market.

Oracle executives have just completed a "world tour for SMBs" covering 20 cities.

Its main rival SAP has spent the last couple of years beefing up its operations in this end of the market forming a global SMB unit earlier this year.

The unit is charged with promoting the new version of SAP's All-in-One business software which targets midsize companies.

The new version is a scaled-down version of the company's latest ERP (enterprise resource planning) application, mySAP ERP 2005, which includes its road map for enterprise SOA (services-oriented architecture).

This is in addition to a suite of hosted and on-demand business applications that SAP is currently developing for the midmarket. Customers will be able to set up and test the software on their own before deciding to make a purchase, using a "try, run and adapt" model.

Stephen Watts, is SAP's senior vice president SME Asia Pacific. He has been working to strengthen the company's channel business.

SAP's PartnerEdge channel business now serves 2,240 partners globally that have helped develop nearly 1,000 add-ons to SAP's All-in-One software applications and its Business One application

Currently, SAP serves more than 22,200 SMB customers through its partner channel.

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