Oracle Launches Web-Based Planning Software

SAN FRANCISCO (04/06/2000) - Moving to improve the sophistication of its Internet exchange products, Oracle Corp. today announced the release of upgraded Advanced Planning and Scheduling software intended to run with its new Web-enabled business application suite, Oracle Applications Release 11i.

The upgraded Advanced Planning and Scheduling software allows businesses to conduct more complex business management calculations over the Web, Lou Unkeless, Oracle senior director of worldwide marketing, said in a phone interview today.

Oracle's Advanced Planning and Scheduling software is available with Oracle's Applications Release 11i, which Oracle debuted last month in France. [See "Oracle Previews 11i Apps at Paris User Conference," March 20.]Both releases are part of Oracle's move to enable companies to use more complex business management software applications and integrate them with the vendor's Internet exchanges, Unkeless said.

"We are starting to see convergence with our e-business suite and the key components of exchanges," Unkeless said. Oracle has formed B2B (business-to-business) Internet purchasing exchanges in recent months with several commercial giants, including Chevron Corp., Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Ford Motor Co.

Oracle will continue to develop its exchange products, announcing agreements as early as next week with several mid-sized companies to set up smaller, "branded exchanges" where the companies can establish small-scale exchanges, Unkeless said.

The software vendor's initiative is important as companies fight to create ever greater sophistication in B2B exchanges, said one analyst.

"Many of the trading exchanges are going to require this kind of functionality to be successful in the long run," Bob Ferrari, an analyst with AMR Research Inc., said in a phone interview today. "Exchanges need planning capability."

Oracle is battling with SAP AG, PeopleSoft Inc., Adexa Inc. and other firms to market advanced planing and scheduling products, Ferrari said.

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

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