Oracle admitted quietly this week that it had stopped development work on Bandwagon, a product designed to compete with Microsoft Back Office.
Bandwagon, which was announced by the company a year ago, was supposed to combine Oracle?s database with a groupware product and a Web server. But according to Richard Grogan Crane, European marketing director for Oracle's groupware/messaging product Interoffice, said the company took so long to come out with Interoffice that the Bandwagon idea was scrapped.
?We announced the Bandwagon about a year ago, which was a mistake as we didn?t have all the pieces," he admitted. "We were lacking the collaborative computing piece. We have delivered all the products that would have made up Bandwagon but not as a bundle. Customers can pick and choose if they want them.?
According to Crane Oracle may bundle the products together in the future but is more likely to wrap them up into vertical packages for particular markets.
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