Oracle, Yahoo team to offer portal content

Oracle Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are teaming together to offer companies more news and trade information for their corporate portals, intranets and extranets, saying that it is more cost efficient for companies to provide relevant business information in a centralized place.

Under a deal announced Tuesday, users of Oracle’s 9i Application Server will be able to access more than 100 of Yahoo’s news applications, dubbed “portlets,” from their company portals. The portlets, which come as part of Yahoo’s Enterprise Edition suite, feature content from more than 2,000 news and trade sources.

Additionally, Yahoo said Tuesday that it will be expanding its enterprise content from more than 5,500 specialty sites through an agreement with information management provider Moreover Technologies Inc.

Oracle 9i Application Server users can now select content such as industry news, stock quotes, maps and weather for their personal portal page, Yahoo said. The content resides on Yahoo’s servers, so companies do not have to host it. The portal technology also allows users to access their personalized My Yahoo preferences in the corporate portal via linked accounts.

Many companies already pay for subscription online news, searches and services and these costs can be reduced by centralizing the information in corporate portals, the Sunnyvale, Calif., Internet company said.

Oracle 9i Application Server users can obtain the content provider for My Yahoo Enterprise Edition for free via download from the Oracle9iAS Portal Center on the Oracle Technology Network. Yahoo is offering a free trial subscription to My Yahoo Enterprise Edition content for Oracle 9i Application Server users, the company said.