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Oracle Delivers E-Business Suite Online Any Place

*** Compaq and other leading vendors to ship pre-installed, pre-configured and pre-tested E-Business Suite Certified Configurations ***

Oracle, the largest provider of software for e-business has announced a new delivery option in its comprehensive software as a service business model ? Oracle E-Business Suite Online Any Place. This allows E-Business Suite Online service customers the ability to choose where they want to house their server hardware, while still realising the benefits of an online application service. Until today, customers who have chosen the Oracle E-Business Suite delivered as an online service had to buy hardware management services from Oracle as part of the package. Now, customers can choose to maintain their own server and house it either at their site or at another qualified location of their choice. The rest of the software administration and support is provided by Oracle.

As infrastructure providers for this new offering, Compaq is making available today the E-Business Suite Certified Configuration for the Oracle E-Business Suite Online Any Place option. These certified configurations include the Oracle E-Business Suite and underlying technology from Oracle pre-installed and pre-tested on pre-configured servers required to run the Oracle E-Business Suite Online Any Place. Customers can now buy the entire Oracle E-Business Suite in a standard package, utilising these pre-tested, highly reliable software and hardware certified configurations, and can leverage this industry-leading model which sets new standards for rapid deployment and ROI on software implementation.

With the addition of Oracle E-Business Suite Online Any Place, Oracle customers now have three options for deploying the Oracle E-Business Suite: 1) using the traditional model of managing the IT systems in-house; 2) with Oracle housing and managing a complete online delivered service; or 3) with the customer in charge of hardware management and maintenance, with Oracle providing the application, database, and system management and support remotely.

"We've seen tremendous response to our E-Business Suite Online service offering and are now giving customers a new option," said Timothy Chou, president, Oracle.com. "There are still a lot of companies that want to have their data sit on a server close to them. Through our hardware partners, we are able to offer standard certified configurations of our software that allow us to manage the software remotely. This way, the customer has what they want ? a server to hug ? and they can leave the administration of the software to Oracle."

"Compaq is the market leader for deployment of Oracle software on industry standard servers," said, Ron Eller, vice president, Solutions, Compaq Industry Standard Server Group. "This makes our certified configurations on market leading ProLiant industry-standard servers the ideal platform for the Oracle E-Business Suite Online Any Place, an application delivery model that will bring flexibility, value and rapid ROI to our joint customers."

** Oracle's Online Services Evolution ** The Oracle E-Business Suite Online Any Place option builds on Oracle's comprehensive and flexible "software as a service" strategy, which dates back to the 1998 creation of Oracle BusinessOnline. In 1999, Oracle's first online service customers went live. To date, Oracle has provided its integrated E-Business Suite of business applications as a fully managed, and supported online service to more than 125 customers worldwide, including Cigna International, Bank of Montreal and Exodus.

In 2001, Oracle consolidated all of its online service business under the Oracle.com services brand, and introduced new rapid implementations offerings for key parts of the Oracle E-Business Suite called CRM-in-90-Days and Procure-to-Pay in 30 Days.

** Availability ** The Oracle E-Business Suite Certified Configuration is immediately available on Compaq ProLiant DL580 servers and can be purchased at http://www.compaq.com/oracledotcom. The Oracle E-Business Suite Certified Configuration will also be available on Sun E420R servers within 30days and on HP-UX servers within 90 days.

** About Oracle ** Oracle Corporation provides the software that powers the Internet. For more information about the contents of this release, please visit: http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?801611.

** Trademark ** Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.


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