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Oracle challenges the high price of Microsoft with new Oracle Collaboration Suite

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, July 17 - 2002 @ 13:29

Challenging the high price of Microsoft¡¦s collaboration software, Oracle„¥ Collaboration Suite is designed to provide relief from Microsoft technology pain points ¡V security, reliability, integration, universal search and access through any device. It also will offer innovations designed to improve individual and group productivity.

Oracle Collaboration Suite will include complete collaboration software ¡X calendar, real-time conferencing capabilities, email, file system support, voicemail and workflow ¡V centralized and protected in a database with universal access through any Web browser, Microsoft Outlook, voice or wireless devices as well as fax. Oracle is introducing a number of innovations to collaboration software, including integrated voice access and voicemail as well as Ultra Search capabilities, which gives users the unprecedented ability to search in one step for any document, email, voicemail or other communication. Oracle¡¦s centralized database approach to collaboration combined with these innovative technologies is designed to produce dramatic increases in productivity and cost savings across the enterprise.

Industry analyst firms are predicting significant changes in the collaborative applications market, opening up an opportunity for rapid evolution and increasing competition. Oracle is seizing this opportunity to provide the collaboration market with a more advanced and integrated collaboration platform at a much lower price, backed by Oracle¡¦s unbreakable software infrastructure

Oracle Collaboration Suite customers can keep the Microsoft Outlook user interface while taking advantage of Oracle¡¦s integrated suite and unbreakable software infrastructure. The Oracle Collaboration Suite will take advantage of the clustering and high availability technology from the Oracle9i Database with Real Application Clusters and Oracle9i Application Server. Oracle Collaboration Suite will offer embedded Oracle database technology to store files, messages and user information, and embedded technology from Oracle¡¦s application server to provide a Web server, directory services, and single sign-on capabilities.

Oracle is challenging the high price of Microsoft ¡§productivity" with a complete collaboration offering at a fraction of the price of Microsoft. To support 5,000 employees, the standard price for a collaboration system from Microsoft would currently cost $1.28M (USD), whereas from Oracle a comparable system would cost $450,0001.

The introductory price for a perpetual license of Oracle Collaboration Suite is $60 per named user, including voice support and regardless of the number of devices an individual uses to access information. Oracle Collaboration Suite will also be offered as an annual subscription service at $15 per named user and as an outsourced service for an additional $10 per month per named user.

¡§Collaboration has become mission critical for companies, but software hasn¡¦t kept pace due to lack of competition in this market segment,¡¨ said Ayman Abouseif, Senior Marketing Director, Middle East, Africa and Eastern, Central Europe at Oracle. ¡§With the introduction of Oracle Collaboration Suite, we¡¦re bringing a strong value proposition at a low price point: complete, integrated and unbreakable collaboration.¡¨

Oracle Collaboration Suite is scheduled to be available in this calendar year.

Oracle Collaboration Suite Services
Several services offerings from Oracle are now available to assist customers with the implementation of Oracle Collaboration Suite to rapidly achieve the benefits of an efficient, consolidated collaboration and communication platform. Oracle Collaboration Suite Services include assessment of current files, email, calendar, voicemail, fax, search and wireless infrastructure; definition of a new consolidated architecture for hardware, systems, network, and storage; and migration and implementation to deploy a new communications environment quickly and efficiently. Business advantages include timely access to information, simplified use and management of communication options, and reduced cost of ownership of communication assets. Oracle Collaboration Suite Services are immediately available worldwide.

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