Organizations that want to tightly manage or consolidate information storage and those developing complex database applications will find the highly flexible, programmable Oracle9i Database a good fit. However, its complexity and high cost will be drawbacks for those that just need a database for basic transaction processing and reporting.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Oracles much-improved clustering technology will enable some organizations to take advantage of multiserver database clusters instead of buying very large, extremely costly servers. Very rich feature set, including Java application server, content and document management, and, new with this release, OLAP capabilities; clustering features support ERP applications; very strong resource governor and access control features. OLAP functionality introduces a new set of OLAP APIs; OLAP features not available on Linux; Standard Edition lacks key database features such as intraquery parallelism; high cost. Oracle Corp., Redwood Shores, Calif.; (650) 506-7000; www.oracle.com/ip/deploy/database/9i/index.html?content.html
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // New database administration features, such as the ability to change table definitions without making that table inaccessible or to redefine more server settings without a restart, will make day-to-day management of Oracle simpler.