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Master Data Management: The Key to Managing Regulatory Compliance

Posted by pridham on May 30, 2007

Corporations appear to be spending more time and money on regulatory compliance now than at any other time in recent history. In fact, the largest U.S. corporations spent an average of US$4.6 million implementing Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) section 404 controls in their first year of implementation, and Forrester Research estimates the five-year cost of Basel II implementation for the largest banks to be $150 million.



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Process Integration Packs

Posted by pridham on May 29, 2007

Currently only available for Siebel.

Pre-built integrations across Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management and other industry applications, based on a business process.

Where Oracle differs from SAP is in two key areas: Oracle’s Application Integration Architecture is standards-based and is built using a common data model. The process integration packs are based on BPEL (Business Process Execution Language), a common standard for process execution.


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Business Objects to Acquire Text Analytics Leader Inxight Software

Posted by pridham on May 23, 2007

Business Objects, a provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Inxight Software, Inc. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Inxight is a provider of software solutions for unstructured information discovery, including text analytics, federated search and data visualization. Financial details of the transaction, which is expected to close in July of 2007, were not disclosed.


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Oracle Folds Siebel, PeopleSoft Features Into New E-Business Suite

Posted by pridham on May 22, 2007

Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) has taken what it deemed to be the best CRM features from Siebel 8 and PeopleSoft 9, as well as some of its own native functionality, and incorporated them into its latest E-Business Suite release, version 12.

One examples of the user-friendly features included in Oracle E-Business 12 include dashboards that provide sales managers with a consolidated analytical view of sales performance, and the account planning capabilities provide a foundation for developing long-term strategies and maintaining long-term relationships.

New CRM features in E-Business Suite 12 include the following utilities:

* Cross-Industry Business Processes and Task Flows. A redesigned CRM task flow enables users to complete business processes within the CRM application, such as order creation or tracking.

* Cross-Suite Application Integration. Out-of-the box and supported integration between Oracle E-Business Suite 12 and Oracle Contact on Demand, providing enterprises with an entry point into Computer Telephony Integration (CTI).

* Multi-Org Access Control. This increases the efficiency of shared services across multiple operating units.

* New reports and productivity enhancements. A new XML publisher provides companies with standards-based flexible reporting and document output capabilities.


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Google and

Posted by pridham on May 22, 2007’s stock shot up yesterday based on a report in Monday’s Wall Street Journal that the Software as a Service (SaaS) vendor and Google were discussing a partnership to compete more directly with Microsoft.

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Gartner SOA

Posted by pridham on May 11, 2007

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) will be used in more than half of new mission-critical operational applications and business processes designed this year and in more than 80% by 2010, according to analyst firm Gartner.

SOA has dramatically grown in popularity, but the number of failed projects has also grown as organisations have discovered that SOA benefits have a cost and the challenges associated with its adoption have consequently become more apparent, said Gartner.

“New software products for SOA have hit the market but, given their immaturity, have disappointed users in terms of reliability, performance and productivity,” said Frank Kenney, research director for Gartner.
“SOA principles have been applied too rigidly, and this has led to unsatisfactory outcomes as projects became too costly and did not meet deadlines.”

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