Oracle has started shipping two versions of its shrinkwrapped Data Mart Suite for Windows NT, which comprises a series of software licences to enable departmental users and small companies to build their own data marts.
The Suite, which comes on a single-install CD-Rom in an attempt to reduce consultancy and implementation costs, will be sold direct and via systems integrators to large Oracle accounts and via resellers to smaller organisations.
It will be listed as a single item on the database supplier?s price list and has its own development team and support staff.
Bob Barker, Oracle?s Enterprise Initiative marketing manager, said: ?This is seen more as a product than a technology. It?s taken six months of development effort to integrate the products and get the marketing and packaging right, but we preferred to take longer rather than just stick out a bundle on the marketplace like everyone else.?
Another reason the vendor was so many months behind its rivals in getting a solution out of the door, he added, was that it had taken time to find the right data extraction tool. Oracle finally licensed Sagent?s offering last month and has now packaged it up as Data Mart Builder as part of the Data Mart Suite.
The basic Suite also comprises a 16 concurrent user licence for the Oracle 7 database and the firm?s Web Server, so that users can set up a data mart on an internal Intranet.
It includes a three-user licence for Data Mart Designer, which is a stripped-down version of the database supplier?s analysis and design tools for reverse engineering data into a star schema in the data mart, and a five-user licence for the Discoverer decision support tools, although users can also plug in third party offerings such as Cognos.
This costs #35,000 and includes a three-day case study-driven training course for users on how to identify their needs and assess the benefits of a data mart for them.
Large corporates also have the option of a day?s free consultancy to work out their business needs at Oracle?s newly set-up Business Intelligence Centre in Thames Valley Park.
The second Suite on offer is the Data Mart Suite - Sales and Marketing, which also includes a 32-named user licence for Oracle?s Sales Analyzer product. This costs #80,000. In both cases, a Unix version is scheduled to follow in the next six months.
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