Oracle Enters 2002 With Powerhouse Product Lineup

Jan 10, 2002, 00:00 ET from Oracle Corporation

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 (http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?1194404 ) Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the
 world's largest enterprise software company, today highlighted major company
 and product milestones of 2001.  Over the course of the past year, Oracle
 announced more than 1,100 customers live on its cost-cutting engine, the
 Oracle(R) E-Business Suite; shipped the highly-anticipated Oracle9i Database
 that offers virtually unlimited scalability and total availability for
 packaged applications with Real Application Clusters; gained momentum with the
 industry's fastest-growing application server; surpassed the
 two-million-member mark with its Oracle Technology Network (OTN); and broke
 previous Oracle OpenWorld attendance records with its most recent global
 event, Oracle OpenWorld 2001.
     "As the company enters 2002 and celebrates its 25th anniversary,
 customers, partners and employees are looking to Oracle as the market-leading
 software company that has been able to maintain its profitability even during
 the uncertain economic conditions," said Mark Jarvis, chief marketing officer,
 Oracle Corp. "The value Oracle provides to customers is clear -- just as we
 have been able to achieve record levels of profitability using our software,
 so can our customers."
 
     Oracle E-Business Suite
     The Oracle E-Business Suite, streamlines every area of a
 business -- marketing, sales, service, procurement, supply chain,
 manufacturing, financials and human resources. In 2001, Oracle E-Business
 Suite applications were implemented by more than 1,100 companies around the
 world. Now, more than 12,000 customers are currently enjoying the benefits of
 the Oracle E-Business Suite, including AT&T Wireless, Bank of America, Bank of
 Montreal, Best Buy, British Telecom, Cathay Pacific Airways, Compaq, The Gap,
 IKON Office Solutions, Ingersoll-Rand, Level 3 Communications, McGraw-Hill
 Education, North American Treaty Operations (NATO), POSCO (Korea), Qualcomm,
 Starbucks Coffee, Telia Networks, Toshiba Medical, and WestPac Banking Group.
     Since its initial introduction, Oracle has delivered six releases of
 Oracle E-Business Suite enhancements, resulting in a function-rich set of
 applications. Oracle E-Business Suite also offers customers an unprecedented
 amount of choice and flexibility when implementing business
 applications -- its open architecture and single data model allow applications
 to be deployed as individual modules, business flows, or as an entire
 integrated suite. The Oracle E-Business Suite also can be deployed onto
 customer-owned hardware in a traditional fashion, or deployed via an online
 service model.
     Oracle E-Business Suite Online, delivered through Oracle.com, gained new
 customers at a record pace. Nearly 150 customers began using the service in
 2001 with a staggering renewal rate of 90 percent. Customers range from
 smaller companies like John I. Haas using the entire Oracle E-Business Suite
 online and projecting a 20 percent cost savings, to Bank of Montreal which is
 targeting 20,000-25,000 users on the Oracle iProcurement online service in
 2002. Classmates.com reported closing its financial books 50 percent faster
 with the Oracle E-Business Suite Online, and CNLR, Commercial Net Realty,
 Inc., projected a three-year cost savings of 84 percent or over US$2 million.
     Oracle's CRM On-Demand Services, Sales.Oracle.com and Support.Oracle.com
 also achieved significant momentum in 2001. More than 25,000 companies signed
 up for CRM On-Demand Services at the end of 2001, a more than 300 percent
 increase during the year. Businesses in almost 200 countries are using the
 innovative services to save money and increase efficiency. Built directly for
 the Web, there is no installation required and companies are often up in
 running within a few hours.
 
     Oracle9i Database
     Oracle9i Database, which shipped to customers in June 2001, put Oracle
 significantly ahead of database competitors with Oracle9i Real Application
 Clusters; Oracle9i Data Guard for continuous data availability; Oracle9i
 Advanced Analytic Services; and nearly 400 additional features. Customers,
 including Acxiom, American Airlines, Austrian Railways, FreeMarkets, Inc., Gas
 Authority of India, North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force, South African Police
 Service, Vector SCM and Verisign are now taking advantage of these database
 enhancements. Also in 2001, OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, selected
 Oracle's database to power the world's largest bibliographic database; and,
 CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, selected Oracle9i
 Database with Real Application Clusters to begin scaling to support
 multi-pedabytes of data.
     Oracle's database was summarily voted No. 1 database for the Linux
 operating system by Linux Journal, No. 1 database for data warehousing and
 business intelligence in DM review, and No. 1 for Java developers in Java
 Developers' Journal. In addition, third-party surveys conducted during the
 year found that Informix customers were three times more likely to switch to
 Oracle than to IBM's relational database. Former Informix database customers
 Capespan, FreeSoft Ltd., Gulf Insurance Company, Metro Foundation Supply,
 Tecsys and Wisconsin Electric are in the process of or have completed the
 switch to Oracle.
 
     Oracle9i Application Server
     In 2001, Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) was the fastest growing
 application server in the industry, nearly tripling the number of customers
 since January. The momentum of penetration into the market prompted analyst
 firm Hurwitz Group to highlight Oracle in a December 2001 report as the most
 deployed application server in North America. Oracle also now has nearly
 1,000 partners set to deliver solutions based Oracle9i Application Server in
 the areas of content management, developer tools, integration, portal,
 security, systems management, Web services and wireless.
     More than 250 new features were added to Oracle9i Application Server
 Release 2, which was demonstrated at Oracle OpenWorld 2001 in December. Other
 industry analysts have lauded the fast-growing product:  a leading analyst
 firm recently ranked Oracle9i Application Server as No. 1 in the industry, and
 named Oracle9iAS portal technology as the top "Best of Breed" portal solution.
 
     Expanded Commitment to Wireless Across Product Lines
     Oracle increased its wireless support in 2001, shipping a new release of
 the Wireless Option of Oracle9i Application Server with new personalization,
 location, short messaging and content management features. In July, Oracle
 entered into a strategic alliance with Wingcast to develop and bring to market
 next-generation wireless telematics services and jointly form an Accelerated
 Development Center (ADC) in San Diego. Also rolled out during 2001 were
 advanced location-based services capabilities and 20 new location-based
 services partners. In August, Oracle opened a voice technology laboratory in
 Chicago and announced it had become the first and only software vendor to
 offer a complete and integrated suite of mobile technology and E-Business
 applications for Web, wireless and voice interfaces. In addition, Oracle was
 the first vendor to offer centralized management of both online and offline
 mobile applications with the management of Oracle9i Lite applications from
 Oracle9i Application Server. Finally, more than 5,500 solutions providers and
 developers embraced Oracle's mobile technology and services during 2001.
 
     Online Communities
     Oracle surpassed Microsoft's Developer Network growth rates in 2001 with
 its online developer community Oracle Technology Network (OTN). OTN now boasts
 more than two million members and continues to attract 65,000 new developer
 members per month with its offering of free software, online services and
 community resources. Developers continued to applaud Oracle's 24x7 education
 provided through iDevelop2001 online and more than 150 online courses.
     Oracle AppsNet, an online applications community for Oracle customers and
 partners, grew to more than 100,000 members in 2001. In a completely new,
 adjunct offering to its popular Oracle AppsWorld conferences, Oracle also
 launched Oracle AppsWorld Online, hosted on Oracle AppsNet, which expands the
 value for Oracle AppsNet members to include access to online seminars and
 education, a rolling virtual "call for presentations" for the user community,
 plus the latest product and industry information for Oracle E-Business Suite,
 implementation and usage tips, and a collaborative forum to share their
 applications knowledge and experience.
 
     Oracle OpenWorld 2001
     Although 2001 proved a daunting year for many technology conferences,
 Oracle boasted record attendance at its global events -- in fact, more than
 100,000 attendees took part in the Oracle OpenWorld conferences in 2001, held
 in Berlin, Germany, and San Francisco, Calif. Oracle also launched a sister
 event in 2001 -- Oracle AppsWorld -- held in Paris and New Orleans. These
 events, geared towards business applications and E-Business Suite customers
 and partners, offered attendees the opportunity to learn about e-business
 strategies that help companies to achieve record efficiencies and profits.
 Oracle plans to host a record number of global events in 2002:  Oracle
 AppsWorld in Amsterdam, January 15-18 and in San Diego, April 7-10; Oracle
 OpenWorld in Copenhagen, June 24-28 and in San Francisco November 10-15; and a
 special Oracle event in Asia-Pacific during the calendar year.
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle Corporation is the world's leading enterprise software company. For
 more information about Oracle please visit www.oracle.com.
 
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark and Oracle9i is a trademark or registered
 trademark of Oracle Corp. Other names may be trademarks of their respective
 owners.
 
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    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 (http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?1194404 ) Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the
 world's largest enterprise software company, today highlighted major company
 and product milestones of 2001.  Over the course of the past year, Oracle
 announced more than 1,100 customers live on its cost-cutting engine, the
 Oracle(R) E-Business Suite; shipped the highly-anticipated Oracle9i Database
 that offers virtually unlimited scalability and total availability for
 packaged applications with Real Application Clusters; gained momentum with the
 industry's fastest-growing application server; surpassed the
 two-million-member mark with its Oracle Technology Network (OTN); and broke
 previous Oracle OpenWorld attendance records with its most recent global
 event, Oracle OpenWorld 2001.
     "As the company enters 2002 and celebrates its 25th anniversary,
 customers, partners and employees are looking to Oracle as the market-leading
 software company that has been able to maintain its profitability even during
 the uncertain economic conditions," said Mark Jarvis, chief marketing officer,
 Oracle Corp. "The value Oracle provides to customers is clear -- just as we
 have been able to achieve record levels of profitability using our software,
 so can our customers."
 
     Oracle E-Business Suite
     The Oracle E-Business Suite, streamlines every area of a
 business -- marketing, sales, service, procurement, supply chain,
 manufacturing, financials and human resources. In 2001, Oracle E-Business
 Suite applications were implemented by more than 1,100 companies around the
 world. Now, more than 12,000 customers are currently enjoying the benefits of
 the Oracle E-Business Suite, including AT&T Wireless, Bank of America, Bank of
 Montreal, Best Buy, British Telecom, Cathay Pacific Airways, Compaq, The Gap,
 IKON Office Solutions, Ingersoll-Rand, Level 3 Communications, McGraw-Hill
 Education, North American Treaty Operations (NATO), POSCO (Korea), Qualcomm,
 Starbucks Coffee, Telia Networks, Toshiba Medical, and WestPac Banking Group.
     Since its initial introduction, Oracle has delivered six releases of
 Oracle E-Business Suite enhancements, resulting in a function-rich set of
 applications. Oracle E-Business Suite also offers customers an unprecedented
 amount of choice and flexibility when implementing business
 applications -- its open architecture and single data model allow applications
 to be deployed as individual modules, business flows, or as an entire
 integrated suite. The Oracle E-Business Suite also can be deployed onto
 customer-owned hardware in a traditional fashion, or deployed via an online
 service model.
     Oracle E-Business Suite Online, delivered through Oracle.com, gained new
 customers at a record pace. Nearly 150 customers began using the service in
 2001 with a staggering renewal rate of 90 percent. Customers range from
 smaller companies like John I. Haas using the entire Oracle E-Business Suite
 online and projecting a 20 percent cost savings, to Bank of Montreal which is
 targeting 20,000-25,000 users on the Oracle iProcurement online service in
 2002. Classmates.com reported closing its financial books 50 percent faster
 with the Oracle E-Business Suite Online, and CNLR, Commercial Net Realty,
 Inc., projected a three-year cost savings of 84 percent or over US$2 million.
     Oracle's CRM On-Demand Services, Sales.Oracle.com and Support.Oracle.com
 also achieved significant momentum in 2001. More than 25,000 companies signed
 up for CRM On-Demand Services at the end of 2001, a more than 300 percent
 increase during the year. Businesses in almost 200 countries are using the
 innovative services to save money and increase efficiency. Built directly for
 the Web, there is no installation required and companies are often up in
 running within a few hours.
 
     Oracle9i Database
     Oracle9i Database, which shipped to customers in June 2001, put Oracle
 significantly ahead of database competitors with Oracle9i Real Application
 Clusters; Oracle9i Data Guard for continuous data availability; Oracle9i
 Advanced Analytic Services; and nearly 400 additional features. Customers,
 including Acxiom, American Airlines, Austrian Railways, FreeMarkets, Inc., Gas
 Authority of India, North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force, South African Police
 Service, Vector SCM and Verisign are now taking advantage of these database
 enhancements. Also in 2001, OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, selected
 Oracle's database to power the world's largest bibliographic database; and,
 CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, selected Oracle9i
 Database with Real Application Clusters to begin scaling to support
 multi-pedabytes of data.
     Oracle's database was summarily voted No. 1 database for the Linux
 operating system by Linux Journal, No. 1 database for data warehousing and
 business intelligence in DM review, and No. 1 for Java developers in Java
 Developers' Journal. In addition, third-party surveys conducted during the
 year found that Informix customers were three times more likely to switch to
 Oracle than to IBM's relational database. Former Informix database customers
 Capespan, FreeSoft Ltd., Gulf Insurance Company, Metro Foundation Supply,
 Tecsys and Wisconsin Electric are in the process of or have completed the
 switch to Oracle.
 
     Oracle9i Application Server
     In 2001, Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) was the fastest growing
 application server in the industry, nearly tripling the number of customers
 since January. The momentum of penetration into the market prompted analyst
 firm Hurwitz Group to highlight Oracle in a December 2001 report as the most
 deployed application server in North America. Oracle also now has nearly
 1,000 partners set to deliver solutions based Oracle9i Application Server in
 the areas of content management, developer tools, integration, portal,
 security, systems management, Web services and wireless.
     More than 250 new features were added to Oracle9i Application Server
 Release 2, which was demonstrated at Oracle OpenWorld 2001 in December. Other
 industry analysts have lauded the fast-growing product:  a leading analyst
 firm recently ranked Oracle9i Application Server as No. 1 in the industry, and
 named Oracle9iAS portal technology as the top "Best of Breed" portal solution.
 
     Expanded Commitment to Wireless Across Product Lines
     Oracle increased its wireless support in 2001, shipping a new release of
 the Wireless Option of Oracle9i Application Server with new personalization,
 location, short messaging and content management features. In July, Oracle
 entered into a strategic alliance with Wingcast to develop and bring to market
 next-generation wireless telematics services and jointly form an Accelerated
 Development Center (ADC) in San Diego. Also rolled out during 2001 were
 advanced location-based services capabilities and 20 new location-based
 services partners. In August, Oracle opened a voice technology laboratory in
 Chicago and announced it had become the first and only software vendor to
 offer a complete and integrated suite of mobile technology and E-Business
 applications for Web, wireless and voice interfaces. In addition, Oracle was
 the first vendor to offer centralized management of both online and offline
 mobile applications with the management of Oracle9i Lite applications from
 Oracle9i Application Server. Finally, more than 5,500 solutions providers and
 developers embraced Oracle's mobile technology and services during 2001.
 
     Online Communities
     Oracle surpassed Microsoft's Developer Network growth rates in 2001 with
 its online developer community Oracle Technology Network (OTN). OTN now boasts
 more than two million members and continues to attract 65,000 new developer
 members per month with its offering of free software, online services and
 community resources. Developers continued to applaud Oracle's 24x7 education
 provided through iDevelop2001 online and more than 150 online courses.
     Oracle AppsNet, an online applications community for Oracle customers and
 partners, grew to more than 100,000 members in 2001. In a completely new,
 adjunct offering to its popular Oracle AppsWorld conferences, Oracle also
 launched Oracle AppsWorld Online, hosted on Oracle AppsNet, which expands the
 value for Oracle AppsNet members to include access to online seminars and
 education, a rolling virtual "call for presentations" for the user community,
 plus the latest product and industry information for Oracle E-Business Suite,
 implementation and usage tips, and a collaborative forum to share their
 applications knowledge and experience.
 
     Oracle OpenWorld 2001
     Although 2001 proved a daunting year for many technology conferences,
 Oracle boasted record attendance at its global events -- in fact, more than
 100,000 attendees took part in the Oracle OpenWorld conferences in 2001, held
 in Berlin, Germany, and San Francisco, Calif. Oracle also launched a sister
 event in 2001 -- Oracle AppsWorld -- held in Paris and New Orleans. These
 events, geared towards business applications and E-Business Suite customers
 and partners, offered attendees the opportunity to learn about e-business
 strategies that help companies to achieve record efficiencies and profits.
 Oracle plans to host a record number of global events in 2002:  Oracle
 AppsWorld in Amsterdam, January 15-18 and in San Diego, April 7-10; Oracle
 OpenWorld in Copenhagen, June 24-28 and in San Francisco November 10-15; and a
 special Oracle event in Asia-Pacific during the calendar year.
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle Corporation is the world's leading enterprise software company. For
 more information about Oracle please visit www.oracle.com.
 
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark and Oracle9i is a trademark or registered
 trademark of Oracle Corp. Other names may be trademarks of their respective
 owners.
 
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