REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) today announced the general availability of Oracle's PeopleTools 8.48, the latest version of the PeopleSoft Enterprise development tool that enables PeopleSoft customers to develop, deploy and maintain their PeopleSoft Enterprise applications. Additionally, Oracle continues to invest in the PeopleSoft products by certifying PeopleTools with Oracle(R) Fusion Middleware, Oracle's family of world-class middleware products, to help customers extend the business value of their current investments and facilitate an upgrade to Oracle Fusion Applications, if a customer chooses to do so. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020718/ORCLLOGO ) PeopleTools 8.48 provides customers with an expanded ability to adopt a service oriented architecture (SOA) and also allows customers to create and natively support Web services and integrate legacy or custom applications with PeopleSoft Enterprise applications. New Web services functionality, including PeopleTools Service Designer, coupled with PeopleTools Integration Broker, will help lower costs, make it easier to integrate with PeopleSoft applications and simplify the creation and deployment of Web services. For example, by offering wizard driven configuration and deployment, PeopleSoft customers can rapidly develop and deploy Web services for use within a SOA. Services published from PeopleTools Service Designer and Integration Broker can be consumed by Oracle Fusion Middleware BPEL Process Manager for Enterprise Web Services Orchestration and Business Process Automation. Further, Pagelets and Services published from PeopleTools can also be integrated into Oracle Fusion Middleware Enterprise Portal to provide a single point of access to all enterprise applications. Also new in PeopleTools 8.48 is PeopleSoft Change Impact Analyzer, an analysis workbench that allows users to interactively explore and understand impacts before taking patches or making changes to their applications. This tool helps significantly reduce the amount of time spent on identifying and understanding the impact of a particular change will have to an application. PeopleSoft Change Impact Analyzer can be leveraged in conjunction with PeopleSoft Change Assistant, the standard set of tools for applying system updates and easing upgrades. By expanding upon existing integration of PeopleTools with Oracle Fusion Middleware, PeopleSoft customers can leverage new functionality such as Oracle XML Publisher. Now embedded in PeopleTools, Oracle XML Publisher augments PeopleSoft reporting technologies and offers end users more options for customized reports. Oracle XML Publisher enables end users to create reports, letters, invoices, checks and fill out government forms through standard desktop tools such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, generating multiple output formats such as PDF, HTML, RTF, EFT and EDI. With the latest release of PeopleTools, customers can also extend the value of their PeopleSoft investments with improved visual compare and merge and increased platform support. Visual merge offers the ability to see where you have applied customizations, and with this additional functionality, users are able to merge changes automatically as they choose to upgrade. Oracle is committed to supporting a broad range of platforms for PeopleSoft customers. PeopleTools 8.48 has expanded support for SQL Server 2005, Linux on IBM zSeries for PeopleTools Application Engine and PeopleTools Process Scheduler and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9. "Oracle continues to deliver on their commitment to extend our PeopleSoft Enterprise investments," said Tyler Best, CIO, Vanguard Car Rental USA Inc., operator of the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. "With new reporting, enhanced upgrade capabilities and Web services functionality coupled with the certification with Oracle Fusion Middleware, we can be satisfied that our investments will continue to be supported to Fusion and beyond." Availability PeopleTools 8.48 is available now at no cost with standard maintenance and additional items including XML Publisher have a limited use license. About Oracle Fusion Middleware The company's comprehensive, standards-based family of middleware products, Oracle Fusion Middleware enables customers to adopt and manage service-oriented architectures (SOA) in heterogeneous computing environments. Oracle Fusion Middleware is now used by more than 30,000 customers -- representing over 35 of the world's 50 largest companies and more than 750 of the BusinessWeek Global 1000. Oracle Fusion Middleware customers include leading organizations in the Financial Services, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Retail, Pharmaceuticals, Health Care and Public Sector industries. Oracle Fusion Middleware is also supported by 7,500 partners with more than 500 new ISVs, and hundreds of new VARs adopting the product over the past year. About Oracle Oracle is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com . This announcement is provided to you solely for information purposes, is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. 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