Larry Ellison, Oracle's chairman and chief executive, said that the company's Business Online applications outsourcing scheme is likely to be spun off as a separate company, in his keynote speech at Internet World today.
Oracle will also manage the application hosting servers itself rather than outsource the business and will host third party packages, he added. While he said he expected ?thousands of ISVs? to take up the offer, he refused to disclose names.
But,?We?re not becoming an Internet Service Provider?, Ellison stressed, explaining that customers would need to obtain Internet access from another company because Oracle would only provide the server on which the applications were run.
The first Oracle packages to be offered under the new scheme will be sales forecasting and order entry and the service will start later this month.
But at least one competitor pointed out that Oracle?s approach was less than original.
Peter Wolcott, the newly appointed president of Pandesic, said: ?Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Pandesic, which is a joint venture between SAP and Intel, has been hosting e-commerce applications based on SAP's R/3 application suite for several months.
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