Oracle Apps World: 11i gets upgraded

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Upgrades to the Oracle eBusiness suite are the order of the day at the Oracle Apps World conference in Amsterdam, with enhancements to various 11i modules comprising the majority of the announcements made by the company at its European applications event.

First up – and deemed so important that it will constitute the main topic of CEO Larry Ellison’s keynote address on Thursday is something called Daily Business Close, which allows executives to examine key business facts on a daily basis. So called ‘Close’ information can be delivered in a personalized way to 20 roles within a typical organisastion. Such information includes key performance metrics, financial ratios, profit and loss summaries and other business indicators.

Also included in the upgrades is a new Enterprise Asset Management module which the company claims integrated seamlessly with other Oracle supply chain and financial applications. It features an intuitive Web-based self service interface which is designed for use by maintenance engineers and work people and supports the documentation and execution of procedures needed to ensure quality and compliance requirements.

Meanwhile Oracle Customers Online provides employees with an online enterprise-wide customer repository and management system to allow companies to collect and clean up customer data in order to provide a centralized view of customer information to users. The intention is to provide the three Cs of data: consolidation, cleanliness and completeness. Customer Online integrates with external data providers, such as Dun and Bradstreet.

Oracle Partners Online allows companies to build and manage channel partner relationships and is the entry point for Partner Relationship Management services across the pre-sales, sales and post sales intercompany processes. Companies and their partners can share and refer sales opportunities to one another, creating what is effectively a virtual sales team. Users can change the criteria for qualifying, rating, channel selection and opportunity matching.

Finally the HR modules have had country specific extensions added for Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, South Africe and Korea.

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