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Special Report: Oracle enterprise apps

This special report compiles news, tips and analysis on Oracle Applications and E-Business Suite, including coverage of the Collaborate '06 show in Nashville.

No longer just a database company, Oracle has been shifting its focus to applications in recent years, striving to achieve dominance largely through a slew of acquisitions. All this month, will be examining Oracle's changing role in the enterprise applications space, including the progress of Fusion, Oracle's massive integration project. Our coverage will include breaking news and interviews from the Collaborate '06 conference in Nashville, as well as news, analysis and tips from our archives.


  Collaborate '06 coverage  



  Fusion news and analysis  


  Oracle vs. SAP  
  • Report finds SAP winning war with Oracle: A new report from Forrester Research finds that SAP has the edge in its longstanding battle with Oracle.
  • SAP, Oracle playing catch-up with BPM technologies: Large software vendors are 12 to 18 months away from catching up to the established pure-play business process management vendors, according to an analyst with Gartner Inc.
  • Expert predicts new front in Oracle-SAP battle: Forrester Research analyst Ray Wang sizes up the past, present and future of Oracle and SAP's fight for business applications dominance.
  • Face-off: Oracle vs. SAP: The SAP/Oracle battle for supremacy in the business applications market is as fierce as ever. Who will emerge victorious? Who should? In this face-off article, two prominent experts from both sides of the fence make their respective cases.
  • SAP vs. Oracle: Users speak out: As the battle for business applications supremacy heats up, Oracle users are standing by Larry Ellison and Fusion while SAP customers say NetWeaver will lead the way to victory.
  • SAP vs. Oracle: Round two: We recently asked two prominent experts to argue their respective cases for SAP vs. Oracle. These follow-up columns are their official rebuttals of each other's arguments.
  • Can Oracle be unseated as a top SAP database?: SAP would love to change the fact that the Oracle database is highly used among its customers, explains Joshua Greenbaum, principal analyst at Enterprise Applications Consulting.
  • Is Ingres a viable alternative to Oracle for SAP users?: Database pros responding to a column express serious reservations about one venture capitalist's plan to market open source Ingres to SAP users.
  • SAP, Oracle make public services push: Many municipalities are seeking to standardize their IT systems to run more efficiently. In response, Oracle and SAP are entering bidding wars to get license wins.
  • Microsoft's strong midmarket channel thwarts Oracle, SAP: As Oracle and SAP aim for more small and midsized businesses, they are encountering a strong and complicated Microsoft channel partner network.
  • SAP's new ad blitz takes aim at Oracle: Hoping to improve brand recognition in the U.S., SAP launched a major advertising campaign, with a TV ad that aims at Oracle's newly acquired J.D. Edwards and PeopleSoft customers.
  • SAP launches midmarket push against Microsoft, Oracle: SAP is aiming at the midmarket with new versions of its preconfigured best practices software. Challenges exist as Microsoft is gaining the most momentum, according to analysts.
  • SAP trumps Oracle in march to SOA: SAP is several steps ahead of rival Oracle Corp., as it makes its business software services based by 2007, according to a report by Forrester Research Inc.
  • Oracle's Phillips swings at SAP: Oracle president Charles E. Phillips Jr. sharply criticized SAP, and touted his company's ability to deliver a complete infrastructure and application package.
  • Oracle's OFF SAP program shows early results: It's only been a month, but already Oracle is touting its OFF SAP program as a growing pipeline of success.





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