Oracle intros new collaboration applications

Oracle Corp. introduced three new collaboration applications and an enhanced product lifecycle management tool for its E-Business Suite Tuesday, as part of what the company has called a second wave of e-business offerings that offer companies deeper integration.

The new products were announced at Oracle’s AppsWorld conference in London, where approximately 8,500 attendees gathered to learn more about the company’s enterprise software offerings.

“I think we are in a moment of change from early adoption to mass adoption,” said Sergio Giacoletto, executive vice-president of Oracle in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

With mass adoption of enterprise software applications, Giacoletto said Oracle is working on offering a set of applications that serve to further connect businesses.

As part of this strategy, Oracle released three new collaboration applications: Oracle Project Management, Oracle Project Collaboration and Oracle Project Intelligence.

The Project Management application allows project managers to plan and schedule projects, create progress reports, staffing plans and other documents which can be accessed through a Web interface.

The Project Collaboration application tool is aimed at giving project team members the ability to see each other’s information, such as work plans, change orders and status reports, while the Project Intelligence product offers metrics and analytics for projects, as well as the ability to do opportunity bookings and resource utilization, Oracle said.

Oracle also expanded its product lifecycle management applications Tuesday, rolling out a new Advanced Product Catalog tool that centralizes all product and component information into a central catalogue.

All four new offerings are immediately available. However, no pricing information was given.

Giacoletto said that the company would continue to concentrate on collaboration applications with more offerings due to be introduced in the near future.

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