Oracle Stands by May for Completing Apps Upgrade

PHILADELPHIA (04/27/2000) - At the spring conference of the user group representing companies that use its business software, Oracle Corp. today reaffirmed that the final part of a delayed applications upgrade will ship in May.

The upgrade, initially called Oracle Applications Release 11i and now renamed eBusinessSuite 11.i, was originally due out last fall. But development went more slowly than Oracle expected, and the company eventually implemented a two-stage release schedule.

The first part of the software suite, comprising most of Oracle's enterprise resource planning applications, shipped at the end of March. Still to come in May is a new order management application and 11.i versions of Oracle's customer relationship management software.

"There has been an enormous amount of work that went into building all these products and an enormous amount of work testing these products," said Ron Wohl, Oracle's executive vice president of applications development, while thanking the 900-plus users and developers who beta-tested the suite. Wohl spoke during a morning session at the Oracle Applications Users Group conference here.

About 20 users are currently running pieces of the 11.i applications via a hosted setup, said Don Klaiss, senior vice president of manufacturing and supply chains at Oracle.

Meanwhile, for those customers still waiting for 11.i - or who don't plan to upgrade immediately - Wohl said Internet-based and other electronic-business uses can be pursued with earlier versions of the applications.

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