Oracle is expected to give further details of its latest product releases at its customer conference in Copenhagen this week.
The company's chief executive, Larry Ellison, is expected to provide further details about the latest release of its database software, 9i Database Release 2 (R2).
The general availability of R2 was announced in early June, but Oracle was unable to provide details such as pricing.
Oracle has been working on delivering a worldwide pricing structure for its software, said Tony Lock, analyst at Bloor Research. But such structures were open to a great deal of change "once purchasing negotiations begin", he added.
Rivals such as IBM have challenged Oracle's leadership in the database market. A recent Gartner Dataquest study ranked IBM ahead of Oracle in the database-management software market.
Oracle will be hoping that features such as clustering support Linux and XML data management in R2 will help it claw back its leadership position.
The company will also unveil details of other features in the areas of data protection and security and business intelligence.
Oracle's application server strategy should also become clearer. It will outline how the Oracle 9i Application Server can be used for building and integrating applications and exposing business functions as web services.
A recent report into applications servers from analyst firm Butler Group said that Oracle was unlikely to "capture custom from the giants that dominate this arena".
The report highlighted Oracle's emphasis on the exchange of data between back-end databases and mobile devices. It concluded that close interactions between server and database would be expected "regardless of its origins".
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