Oracle is trying to improve the reputation of its ERP and manufacturing functionality by teaming up with Texas-based i2.
It will integrate i2?s Rhythm supply-and-demand software with its own systems for the industrial sector, enabling Oracle to distribute and license i2?s full suite of supply chain planning software, including Factory Products, Sequencer, Supply Chain Planner and Demand Planner.
Until August, i2 was very close to SAP, but the German ERP software giant backed out of an agreement to integrate i2?s inventory planning module in its R/3 product when the two, reportedly, disagreed over pricing policies.
Don Klaiss, Oracle's vice president of manufacturing and distribution products, commented: ?We recognise the need to offer our customers advanced planning and decision support tools tailored to the specific needs of their industry, and ...as a leading provider i2 is a logical partner to deliver this functionality to our industrial customers.?
In addition to the joint application suites, both will offer integrated sales and implementation methodologies and i2 is launching an Oracle Business Unit covering pre-sales, through to implementation and development.
Sanjiv Sidhu, i2?s chief executive, said: ?By dedicating an entire business unit to this alliance, we will be able to capitalise on the business opportunity through focus and responsibility. Led by a member of i2?s senior management dedicated to the Oracle Business Unit, the team will have full responsibility for this partnership worldwide.?
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