Oracle Adds XML to Business Intelligence Tools

Oracle Corp. next week will step further into an Extensible Markup Language-enabled world with the introduction of Oracle Reports 6i and Discoverer 3i, the latest in business intelligence from the database giant.

The company will leverage XML, which is already supported in the Oracle 8i database, across both products, allowing for tighter integration across its business intelligence platform. That integration, said Vince Casarez, vice president of Oracle's tools division, represents the next step in the company's "Intelligent Webhouse" initiative, the company's strategy for simplifying analysis of Web-based customer data.

The addition of XML to Reports 6i, said Casarez, will allow for greater customization of reports by allowing users to store reports as Extensible Style Language style sheets and then publish them in XML using a different style sheet for each user.

The focus with the new version of Discoverer, Casarez said, is to ensure that the product's functionality remains the same regardless of whether it is being run in a Windows environment or over the Web. XML enables that because XML-based documents provide a level of environment-independence.

Beta versions of Reports 6i and Discoverer 3i will be available online beginning Monday through the Oracle Technology Network. Oracle hopes to ship final versions of both products by the end of February.

Pricing for Discoverer 3i will be US$795 per named user for the single-user edition, $395 per named user for the viewer edition, and $1,995 for the administration edition. Reports 6i will be priced at $1,995 per named-user for the developer edition and power-unit pricing for the server edition.

Oracle Corp., in Redwood Shores, California, is at http://www.oracle.com/.

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