Oracle Ships Stand-Alone BI for 10g

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.


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