Oracle Updates Enterprise Manager 10gs ALM

The improvement is part of the company's overall strategy for dominating the enterprise asset management space, according to one analyst.

Oracle announced Oct. 16 that its tweaking Enterprise Manager 10gs application lifecycle management so as to allow IT professionals to monitor the entire database and pinpoint specific changes in the database environment, approve changes, and take "snapshots" of the environment.

Oracles achieving this by deploying service-level management, application performance management, configuration management and change automation, according to the company.

The improvements are designed to help users manager and monitor Oracles E-Business suite of products, as well as Oracles PeopleSoft Enterprise and Siebel environments.

With the improvements to the Enterprise Manager solution, Oracle, based in Redwood Shores, Calif., said it would be able to deliver better functionality from the operating system through the application layer and then to the user.

The improvements will allow Oracle users, as well as those using third-party applications, to have one single solution that will manage an entire environment.

By offering enhancements and better functionality, especially with its PeopleSoft solution, Oracle is also continuing to show its customers that it will continue to support the solutions of companies that it acquires.

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"Oracle Applications and third-party application customers will have a single solution at their disposal to manage their applications and underlying systems comprehensively," Jay Rossiter, Oracles vice president for System Management Products, said in a statement.

Rossiter added: "With a consolidated view of their entire environment, customers will be better able to identify and resolve application availability and performance issues quickly and accurately, resulting in improved service quality."

During the next few months, Oracle plans to start offering these application management, monitoring and service for E-Business, PeopleSoft Enterprise and Siebel.

The Oracle Management Pack for the PeopleSoft Enterprise environments will be available later in 2006, while the other packs for E-Business and Siebel will be available in the early part of 2007, according to the company.

The management pack for the PeopleSoft Enterprise is priced at $6,000 per CPU, according to the company.

By offering enhancements and better functionality of its PeopleSoft solution, Oracle is continuing its mission of assuring customers that it intends to continue using PeopleSoft products.

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Josh Greenbaum, an analyst with the Enterprise Applications Consulting in Berkeley, Calif., said Oracles latest announcements show the company is continuing to its efforts to dominate the enterprise asset management market.

"Oracle has a long-established track record of trying to provide everything it can to every possible customer," Greenbaum said. " By being all things to all people, Oracle is trying to own as much of the IT budget as it possibly can."

In addition, Oracle appears to be trying to stay one step ahead of the competition, especially IBM, which bought MRO Software, an asset management provider, earlier this year.

The announcement came on the same day the Oracle and Itemfield, a universal data transformation software maker, announced a new collaborative partnership.

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