Oracle Unveils New Apps, Linux Support Program


Oracle last week unveiled a new version of its Oracle E-Business Suite of business applications and a support program for the Red Hat Linux operating system.

The E-Business Suite 12 software has new features designed to help worldwide operations more easily consolidate data, said John Wookey, senior vice president of application development at Oracle.

The new version was introduced during the company’s OpenWorld user conference here last week.

Oracle E-Business Suite 12 is easier to deploy than Version 11i and includes tools to help users more easily execute profitability analysis by channel or product line, Wookey said. Other new features include a Web services repository and links to Oracle’s Fusion middleware, according to the company.

The new release will begin shipping within a year, Oracle said.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison used his keynote speech at the conference to unveil the new support offering for Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat Inc.’s implementation of Linux.

The so-called Unbreakable Linux program provides support offerings that are similar to those offered for Oracle’s middleware, applications and database products. Pricing for the support program starts at $99 per system per year.

The release of E-Business Suite 12 indicates that Oracle intends to continue updating its current products instead of abruptly forcing users to shift to its next-generation Fusion applications, which are currently under development, said Pat Dues, president of the independent Oracle Applications Users Group. Dues is also enterprise program manager for the city of Las Vegas, which is an E-Business Suite shop.

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