31 January 2002 | Robin Parker
"Best of breed" e-business systems, made up of software from a range of providers, are an "out-dated fantasy", according to the chief executive of Oracle.
Speaking at the software supplier's AppsWorld conference in Amsterdam earlier this month, Larry Ellison said that applications for business processes had to be integrated.
"You cannot have complete automation of good information if the applications you have at your business were not made to work together.
"When you try to glue these systems together, you have data fragmentation," he said.
Oracle's forthcoming fully integrated upgrade of its E-Business Suite, which streamlines its 800 customer databases to one, will provide users with a transparent, flexible solution, Ellison added.
New functions include a recently released sourcing tool, applications for partnering and asset maintenance and Daily Business Close, which provides key business facts and trends on a daily basis.
Oracle is also offering a hosted service in which it pledges to take on "best of breed" solutions, migrate data to an Oracle system for no extra cost, and manage it at the user's current spend with a pledge to cut costs by 5 per cent a year for five years.
Ellison cited Microsoft Office as a prime example of the inevitability of an integrated solution's success.
"The reason why the suite is going to win is because the suite always wins," he said.