Oracle plans to launch version 10.7 of its application suite at the end of this month.
The products have been revamped to support a three-tier rather than two-tier architecture.
The database supplier is describing the offerings as Web-deployed, because users can run the Java applets embedded in the packages' front end in a Web browser. But the Gem processing manufacturing applications that Oracle acquired from Datalogix will not be Web-enabled until version 11.0, which is scheduled to follow at the end of next March.
However, version 10.7 will also introduce Year 2000 compliancy and will support reporting in multiple currencies as the first stage in supporting European Monetary Union (EMU).
Version 11.0 will include globalisation features and full EMU support. The Gem applications will be fully integrated with the rest of the consumer packaged goods packages that Oracle has licensed from third parties at this stage, but the suite will not include a common look and feel for another year subsequently.
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