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Oracle Delivers on Key Oracle® Fusion Commitments in 2005


Milestones Include: Oracle Fusion Architecture Defined, Broad Industry Adoption and Awards/Recognition for Oracle Fusion Middleware, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards Applications Certified

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. 21-DEC-2005 Oracle announced today that the Company successfully delivered on significant Oracle(R) Fusion commitments over the past year. Since unveiling the combined Oracle|PeopleSoft organizations in January 2005, key accomplishments include: definition of Oracle Fusion Architecture, broad industry adoption of Oracle Fusion Middleware, certification of PeopleSoft and JD Edwards applications on Oracle Fusion Middleware, and the release of the pre-Fusion applications.
Oracle Fusion Middleware Adoption
In 2005, Oracle Fusion Middleware evolved as the fastest growing middleware suite with 35 of the 50 largest Global companies (and more than 28,500 customers) using the proven software to solve a variety of IT challenges for departmental and enterprise deployment. Additionally, Oracle’s network of independent software vendors (ISVs), value added resellers (VARs) and system integrators (SIs), who use Oracle Fusion Middleware to provide their customers the industry’s most comprehensive, integrated middleware solutions grew to more than 7,500. Oracle Fusion Middleware provides a comprehensive, open, standards-based approach for deploying Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) that automate business processes and better integrate data from Oracle and non-Oracle systems.

For example, using Oracle BPEL Process Manager, a key component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle completed the integration between Oracle Financials, part of the Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Retail Merchandising Systems less than six months following Oracle’s acquisition of Retek. This integration provides customers with a complete retail and corporate administration application footprint.

Oracle BPEL Process Manager enables organizations to orchestrate application integration and business processes in a standards-based manner. The product’s strict adherence to the industry standard BPEL specification reduced the development time required to integrate the applications and will provide customers increased flexibility for extending and implementing the integrated products.

Industry Supports Oracle Fusion Middleware
From Gartner Magic Quadrants to Forrester Waves, Oracle Fusion Middleware’s vision, strategies, execution and performance have garnered much recognition from these two leading research firms. Oracle was included in the leader quadrant in all SOA related Gartner Magic Quadrants in 2005. Forrester Waves on the state of the application server market, enterprise service buses, content services and records management, also placed Oracle in the leader category.

Oracle, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards Certified with Oracle Fusion Middleware
Oracle’s certification of PeopleSoft, Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications with Oracle Fusion Middleware makes it easier for customers to integrate and extend the value of their enterprise applications using Oracle Fusion Middleware. Today, the certifications make it easier for organizations to use SOAs to integrate their applications with other packaged applications, legacy systems and custom applications using Oracle Fusion Middleware. Additionally, the common services-oriented middleware platform makes it easier for customers to upgrade to new versions of Oracle’s Applications; to integrate applications via portal, data and business process layers; and to define, manage and change security policies across a collection of business services while laying the overall foundation for a SOA.

Oracle Defines Oracle Fusion Architecture
At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle announced Oracle Fusion Architecture, a standards-based technology blueprint that details the linkage between enterprise applications, middleware and grid infrastructure technologies. Focusing on architectural integrity and openness for business applications and business information, Oracle Fusion Architecture defines the architecture of Oracle Fusion Applications. The Oracle Fusion Architecture and infrastructure is based on the following five core principles:

*Model Driven: For applications, business processes and business information
*Service & Event-Enabled: For extensible, modular, flexible applications and processes
*Information Centric: For complete and consistent, actionable, real-timeintelligence
*Grid-Ready: Must be scaleable, available, secure, manageable on low-cost hardware
*Standards-based: Must be open, pluggable in a heterogeneous environment
The Oracle Fusion Architecture is rooted in three emerging Information Technology trends, including the grid computing architecture, service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and enterprise information architecture. Throughout the Fusion development process, members of Oracle’s “Fusion Strategy Council,” an advisory board comprised of twenty customer CIOs, have been actively reviewing, validating and providing input to the evolving Fusion strategy.

Continued Leadership in Industry Standards
Oracle has articulated a vision and product strategy for standards-based technologies, as evidenced by the company’s active involvement with initiating, developing, shaping and supporting standards. Standards make it easier for customers to share data between applications and to protect and extend their technology investments. Building on its leadership within the standards community, Oracle expanded support for industry-specific standards, such as HL-7 (healthcare) and CDISC (life sciences), and continued its work as a member of the Open Applications Group (OAGi).

Pre-Fusion Applications Deliver Greater Business Insight
Demonstrating the path to Oracle Fusion applications, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Operational Dashboards are the first suite of applications released on Oracle Fusion Middleware and further evidence of Oracle’s ongoing commitment to the PeopleSoft Enterprise customer base. Leveraging Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), PeopleSoft CRM Operational Dashboards provide personalized dashboards that enable operational managers to continuously monitor performance against the goals of the enterprise, analyze exceptions, and take corrective action for immediate impact. This release includes five new CRM dashboards for sales, service, order capture, help desks for Information Technology and help desks for human resources.

Oracle Sustains Continuity, Innovation and Resources
In addition, in 2005, Oracle outlined its Lifetime Support policy, which provides access to technical support experts and future upgrades to major releases for the duration of the product license. Additionally, Oracle reiterated its plans to further enhance and support future versions of current Oracle, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards product families with the estimated release timeline:

*Oracle E-Business Suite 12 (2006)
*PeopleSoft Enterprise 9 (2006)
*JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.12 (2006)
*JD Edwards World A9.1 (2006)

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