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Oracle Launches Collaborative Suite – Beehive September 23, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Competitive, Events, Media.
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Oracle have announced their new Collaborative Suite, “Beehive” at its Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco this week.

Oracle president Charles Phillips, delivering the morning’s opening keynote address, acknowledged some may be puzzled by Oracle’s decision to field a communications and collaboration product when there are so many already on the market. But he said many businesses have a hodgepodge of disparate e-mail, instant messaging, calendar and collaboration applications and would prefer a single, integrated system. “A lot of times it becomes a nightmare,” he said.

It seems they are looking at presenting a vision of a uniform platform. Messages both IBM Lotus and Microsoft have presented in different ways.

Oracle Beehive, is a pairing of Oracle’s Database and Application Server technologies in a new collaboration suite that provides a range of collaboration services including email, calendar, instant messaging, conferencing, and team workspaces that can be deployed either on-site or in the cloud through Oracle On Demand.

Interestingly, Gartner does not give it a good rap, likening it to it’s two earlier unsuccessful predecessors.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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