Oracle gathered partners, customers and press on Wednesday to hail major new versions of all five application sets in its software lineup. Oracle E-Business Suite 12, PeopleSoft Enterprise 9, Siebel CRM 8 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.12 have recently shipped, and JD Edwards World A9.1 is due out later this year. "We've been defying the critics," Oracle President Charles Phillips said at a launch event in New York. "Most companies in our industry would be happy to get one release out on time. We did five."
The widely expected updates fulfill the promise Oracle made before closing its contentious PeopleSoft acquisition two years ago: that it would continue developing its acquired applications and meet its road maps for next-generation releases. "Applications Unlimited" is Oracle's slogan for its pledge to continue enhancing and supporting its various applications lines for as long as customers require. The Redwood Shores, Calif., company has promised eternal support on current applications and plans at least one more major release for each application family before it launches its new, converged Fusion applications line in 2008. Chris Rapp, executive vice president of business development at Apex IT, a Minneapolis-based systems integrator, said that at least as far as PeopleSoft is concerned, Oracle has held up its end of the deal in providing real upgrades.