Oracle Ships Stand-Alone BI for 10g

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-03-07 Print this article Print

The business intelligence analytical-tool package is set to challenge Microsoft's offerings in the application server arena.

Oracle on Monday announced general availability of Oracle Business Intelligence 10g, a stand-alone set of BI analytical tools to tackle query, application development, reporting and analysis, and data integration and management. BI 10g packages Oracle Corp.s Discoverer dashboard query tool; Spreadsheet Add-In, which provides direct access to Oracle OLAP from within Microsoft Corp. Excel spreadsheets; Warehouse Builder, for data quality and ETL (extraction, transformation and loading) functionality; and BI Beans, a custom BI application development environment. Oracle first announced that it was shipping BI 10g as a stand-alone product at its OpenWorld conference in December.
The motive is to give competitors such as Microsoft a run for their money in the BI tools war.
"We have the No. 1 application server on the market in terms of units," Oracle President Charles Phillips said at the time. "In dollars, were closing the gap with Microsoft and others. [The strategy] has worked," Phillips said. "This will reach new markets we havent reached before and keep the growth going." Oracle BI 10g is generally available now, priced at $20,000 per processor or $400 per named user. The product set is also included with Oracle Application Server 10g Enterprise Edition. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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