Oracle remains a true IT powerhouse with fingers in many pies other than databases, such as application servers, and development tools, which ranks it as an enterprise infrastructure provider, together with SAP, IBM at a higher and, and Microsoft at the lower end of the market. However, Oracle may be getting very uncomfortable with how its protracted disappointing revenue results (possible the worst in a decade) jeopardizes its No. 2 position in the applications market. It seemed all but inconceivable over a year ago that PeopleSoft could be so close to snatching the No. 2 position from Oracle.
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over 18 months ago, exhibits not only a web-centric architecture built on standards with Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), but also the new functional scope of enterprise systems, far beyond traditional ERP. The suite, now at version 6, covers the buy side (e-procurement), inside the four walls enterprise operations (i.e., core ERP including financials, human resources (HR), business intelligence (BI), project management, manufacturing with advanced planning & scheduling (APS)), the sell side (CRM