October 25, 2006 9:17 AM PDT

Oracle unveils two Fusion Middleware suites

Oracle on Tuesday unveiled two middleware software packages intended to expand its Fusion portfolio.

The company showcased WebCenter Suite and Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition 10g Release 3 as part of its annual Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

Business Intelligence Suite 10g Release 3, which is scheduled for delivery within 12 months, aims to provide tight integration between Oracle applications and its Fusion Middleware. It also is designed to connect to third-party data sources and systems through "hot-pluggable" support, the company said.

Oracle says the Business Intelligence Suite will offer service-oriented architecture technologies and integration, as well as expanded certification and enhanced support for third-party data sources, such as IBM's latest database release for DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server.

"Our new business intelligence tools have analytics to analyze problems and dashboards to fix the problem," said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president of Oracle Server Technologies, during a keynote speech at OpenWorld.

The company also unveiled WebCenter Suite, a new component of Fusion Middleware. The standards-based software will allow users to develop their own Web 2.0 applications and allow them to access various types of content.

For example, WebCenter will allow users to combine applications so they can present information in new ways. It also will support wikis, voice over Internet Protocol services and RSS feeds.

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