Oracle’s new suite boasts better business intelligence


4 Nov 2004

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Oracle’s Irish operations yesterday revealed that the forthcoming release of the company’s 11i E-Business Suite will include significant new capabilities designed to deliver detailed business intelligence at a dramatically lower cost than traditional projects.

For example, all executives working off the software will have access to daily business intelligence tools such as digital dashboards, balanced scorecards and the ability to generate contracts for e-procurement, explained Oracle Ireland’s applications manager Mairead Dooley-fFrench. “The new software will feature some 2,100 new features and functionality that will give businesses a 360-degree view of key aspects of the business as well as dealings with suppliers and customers,” she said.

Among the industries targeted by the new e-business suite are: aerospace and defence, automotive, chemicals, communications, consumer products, energy, healthcare, high technology, industrial manufacturing, life sciences, public sector, retail, travel and transportation and utilities.

“The forthcoming suite also boasts a greater ‘verticalisation’ of software insofar as it covers modules for a variety of important vertical industries such as healthcare, financial service and manufacturing. Of the 2,100 additional features, some 50pc are for specific industries and a further 50pc cover all areas of operating a business,” Dooley-fFrench said.

“For example,” she continued, “the technology can generate multiple documents for finance such as bill presentation and multiple customer invoices. For human resources, it can automate the function of sourcing, resourcing and deploying personnel and in the banking industry it can generate templates and documents for complying with rules such as Sarbanes-Oxley and Basel II.”

Dooley-fFrench also revealed that the technology will also boast a platform for RFID for store and warehouse management, and will feature the ability to generate auto IDs for sensor-based applications such as RFID and traditional barcodes.

By John Kennedy