Oracle has completed its first phase of work finishing PeopleSoft projects that were underway before the companies merged. Oracle delivered version 8.9 of PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management Wednesday, which is one of the projects Oracle had promised as part of Project Fusion.
Scheduled for release in 2006, Oracle’s E-Business Suite-12.0 is one of the company’s most closely guarded secrets, but so far no one is is talking. Much is unknown about the product, but it is expected that E-Business Suite 12.0 will contain the key elements that will eventually be used in Project Fusion, due in 2008.
The San Francisco Chronicle has chosen Oracle’s Larry Ellison as CEO of the year. Other Bay Area CEOs fared much better in the numbers game, but the Chronicle chose Ellison because of his ability to create a long-term strategy for his company to prevail in a competitive market—and pursue it with determination.
The Oracle apps usuers group (OAUG) has joined with Quest International Users Group, an association for PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards users, to create a Fusion Council. The Council will act as bridge between Oracle and users of Oracle’s Fusion software, offering a forum and educational tool for learning more about the middleware.
Although Oracle is currently running a distant second to SAP in market share, the company seems committed to unseating its rival. SAP currently holds 45% of the global market for HR, accounting, and basic business software, while Oracle stands at 19%, but Oracle remains undeterred.
Several Oracle vulnerabilities have made the SANS Top Twenty List, updated for the first quarter of 2005. The Database section of this “living” document outlines the current Oracle issues to watch for and contains links to patches or further information.
The talks are no longer active, but sources say that Oracle was recently meeting with Siebel Systems about a possible buyout. Neither Siebel nor Oracle representatives could be reached for comment regarding the discussions between the two companies.
Oracle announced another world record today, this time for SAP Sales and Distribution Standard Application Benchmark result, outperforming IBM DB2′s best result.
Oracle 10g patch 10.1.0.4 is out, and it resolves 1111 bugs.
Philip Howard of Bloor Research examines why Oracle seems to be a universal target for its competitors. He suggests a number of possibilities from security and lock-in to ownership costs, but concludes that is may be as simple as the size of its 10g database and user desire for a “free environment”.