Oracle Pushes Collaboration
Forthcoming advances in Oracle Collaboration Suite could give enterprises a compelling alternative to rival messaging and collaboration platforms from IBM, Microsoft.Oracle Corp. is preparing advanced capabilities for its Oracle Collaboration Suite that could give enterprises a compelling alternative to rival messaging and collaboration platforms from IBM and Microsoft Corp. Oracle this week will ship Release 2 of OCS, which introduces Web conferencing to the platform. Then, in September, the Redwood Shores, Calif., company will announce a major upgrade, due in the first half of next year, that will add embedded instant messaging and presence throughout the suite, which includes e-mail, voice mail, calendaring, file serving and search applications.
Oracle will offer integrated content management and document and records management in next years release, said Sunir Kapoor, vice president of Oracles enterprise messaging and collaboration business. Oracle isnt looking to rival stand-alone vendors in those areas but offer a more basic level of functionality to make it easier for customers to store and manage e-mail, instant messages and Web conferencing sessions, Kapoor said.