Oracle Corp. and Apple announced certification of the Apple Macintosh client on the Oracle e-business Suite.

Oracle and Apple will conduct a series of joint e-business initiatives in key Apple market segments, including education and small business. For the education market, they plan to embark on a higher education seminar series to the top 100 colleges and universities to showcase the technology. In addition, Oracle plans to incorporate the Mac as one of the standard sales demonstration platforms for the Oracle E-Business Suite. For small business, Oracle and Apple will jointly promote Oracle’s hosted on-line services, including Oracle Business Online and Using only a browser, Apple customers can be up and running on Oracle Business Online or within minutes and have immediate access to enterprise business applications and sales automation capabilities, according to the two companies.

The suite provides Web and Java-based applications that allow companies to put their customer interactions, internal operations and supply chain on-line, and enables quick linkages with both suppliers and customers for a unified business process.

Pricing for the suite ( was unavailable.

Oracle in Redwood Shores, Calif., can be reached at (605) 506-7000. Apple in Markham, Ont., can be reached at (905) 513-5800.

Prices listed are in US currency.

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