Oracle is positioning version 3.0 of its Discoverer query and reporting tool as a key plank in its strategy to strengthen the company?s brand name in the end user community and facilitate its attempts to take on Microsoft.
As a result, Oracle will drop the /2000 branding currently used with Discoverer, which associates it with the firm?s development tools, dubbed Developer and Designer/2000.
John Watton, Oracle?s end user tools marketing manager, said: ?This is all about unlocking information for the end user and Discoverer will be key to that, establishing Oracle as a key player in the end user market rather than just the database and development market.?
Discoverer version 3.0, formerly codenamed Project Odysseus, is due in the first quarter of next year. It is a rewrite of Developer/2000 version 1.0 and 2.0, and provides integrated query and report-writing capabilities and simple analysis capabilities to the non-technical end user.
It will be sold in two flavours - an administration copy for the IT department to configure the system, and in end user licence form. Pricing has not yet been decided.
But, Watton said Project Odysseus was complementary to rather than competitive with Oracle?s Express family of online analytical processing (Olap) tools.
These were more complex and aimed at more specialist users, who wanted to undertake deeper analysis and what if queries such as forecasting, budgeting and planning, he explained.
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