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Oracle Partners Respond to Customer Demand for SOA-based Integrations

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle OpenWorld -- News Facts -- In response to growing customer demand for validated integrations, Oracle today announced that more than 60 new integrations have completed testing through the Oracle Application Integration Architecture for Partners (http://tinyurl.com/3gdsgk) (AIAP) initiative. -- This initiative provides partners tools and best practices for integrating to Oracle's broad portfolio of applications. Over the past 18 months since the launch of Oracle Application Integration Architecture, Oracle has seen an increase in cross-application business process integration validation requests. These integrations utilize Oracle(R) SOA Suite (http://www.oracle.com/technologies/soa/index.html) and Oracle Application Integration Architecture as the integration platform. -- Oracle PartnerNetwork (http://www.oracle.com/partners/index.html) members who have recently validated their SOA-based integrations include: En-soft, Gesplan, Informatica, Softway-Softcomex, New Soft Intelligence, Nexo, Techware, Xactly and XRT. -- Oracle also formed the Oracle Application Integration Partner Strategy Council in November 2007. Council members contribute to the future direction of Oracle's partner initiatives and provide Oracle with a deeper understanding of the challenges ISVs face while gaining unique insight into Oracle's go-to-market strategy. This in turn helps ensure that partner products are aligned with Oracle product directions, while giving each partner's customers assurance that their needs are being represented. Charter members of this council include: 170 Systems, 3i Infotech, Acxiom, APPLIMATION, Cisco Systems, CRM IT Solutions, Data Systems International, Enigma, Development Dimensions International, Enwisen Inc, Genesys, HCR, IFS, InFact Group, MavenWire, Motorola, Nakisa Inc, New Soft Intelligence, Open Text, Trillium, Zebra Technologies. -- Based on feedback from council members, initial changes have been enacted, including additional educational webcasts, updates to integration best practices documentation, and easier web access to an increasing amount of integration related information. Benefits of AIAP-Validated Integrations

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Oracle OpenWorld — News Facts — In response to growing customer demand for validated integrations, Oracle today announced that more than 60 new integrations have completed testing through the Oracle Application Integration Architecture for Partners (http://tinyurl.com/3gdsgk) (AIAP) initiative. — This initiative provides partners tools and best practices for integrating to Oracle's broad portfolio of applications. Over the past 18 months since the launch of Oracle Application Integration Architecture, Oracle has seen an increase in cross-application business process integration validation requests. These integrations utilize Oracle(R) SOA Suite (http://www.oracle.com/technologies/soa/index.html) and Oracle Application Integration Architecture as the integration platform. — Oracle PartnerNetwork (http://www.oracle.com/partners/index.html) members who have recently validated their SOA-based integrations include: En-soft, Gesplan, Informatica, Softway-Softcomex, New Soft Intelligence, Nexo, Techware, Xactly and XRT. — Oracle also formed the Oracle Application Integration Partner Strategy Council in November 2007. Council members contribute to the future direction of Oracle's partner initiatives and provide Oracle with a deeper understanding of the challenges ISVs face while gaining unique insight into Oracle's go-to-market strategy. This in turn helps ensure that partner products are aligned with Oracle product directions, while giving each partner's customers assurance that their needs are being represented. Charter members of this council include: 170 Systems, 3i Infotech, Acxiom, APPLIMATION, Cisco Systems, CRM IT Solutions, Data Systems International, Enigma, Development Dimensions International, Enwisen Inc, Genesys, HCR, IFS, InFact Group, MavenWire, Motorola, Nakisa Inc, New Soft Intelligence, Open Text, Trillium, Zebra Technologies. — Based on feedback from council members, initial changes have been enacted, including additional educational webcasts, updates to integration best practices documentation, and easier web access to an increasing amount of integration related information.

Benefits of AIAP-Validated Integrations

Integration validation provides customers with the confidence that the integration between products has been tested and validated as functionally and technically sound, that the product is integrated with Oracle Applications in a reliable, standards-based way, and that the integration operates and performs as documented.

Integration Validation offers partners a competitive advantage: — Partners with validated integrations are able to provide customers with standards-based product integrations, reviewed, tested and validated by Oracle. — Customers benefit from improved risk management and smoother upgrade capability, enabling a lower total cost of ownership and greater overall satisfaction. — Integrating solutions with Oracle's industry-leading application products helps partners open new markets and discover new sales opportunities. — Integration Validation helps ensure standards compliance. Validated integrations comply with standard integration technologies, such as Oracle Application Integration Architecture, Oracle Fusion Middleware, BPEL, Web Services, XML/EDI, integration adaptors, and other published and approved application program interfaces (APIs)

Membership in the Oracle Application Integration Architecture for Partners Initiative offers partners access to:

— Application integration information for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards World and Siebel applications — Development guidance and design review for integrations based on Oracle SOA Suite or Oracle Application Integration Architecture — Product specific "how-to" integration guides — Best practices and integration design guides — Integration training and education roadmaps — Eligibility to apply to receive: — Oracle Application Integration Architecture (http://tinyurl.com/5hhwqv) product software development licenses, including a set of pre-built business processes (http://tinyurl.com/3o9s3e), integration packs (http://tinyurl.com/4wnmxx), enterprise business objects and services, and enterprise services repository — Oracle Application Integration Architecture solution design guidelines, integration best practices, training programs, and product roadmaps — Eligibility to apply for Application Integration Validation (http://tinyurl.com/4dqweo) testing — Integration validation testing available for native, point-to- point, SOA-based and AIA-based integrations Partners with Validated Integrations receive: — Integration Validation Branding – exclusive "Integrated with Oracle" logo — Integration Datasheet with Oracle and partner product logos — Inclusion in select global or regional marketing efforts. For example, exhibiting Oracle OpenWorld partners this year were offered "Validated Integration" monitor buttons for easy identification by interested customers. — Validated Integration listing on Oracle.com (http://www.oracle.com/partnerships/solutions.html) Supporting Quotes — "Validation requests through our AIAP initiative continue to rise as partners are responding to the demand from customers requiring lower cost, lower risk implementations," said Tom Herrmann, vice president, ISV Management and Programs at Oracle. "These validations help our partners to offer the most functional and flexible solutions to their customers." — "Validating our application integration under the AIA for Partners Initiative was part of our strategy this quarter. Oracle SOA Suite is now being used to leverage our integration with Oracle E-Business Suite R12. We'll be able to maintain and manage a single technology middleware platform helping to reduce its TCO and enhancing our customers' experience regarding future upgrades and manageability." Andre Barros, Business Manager, New Soft Intelligence Supporting Resources — Oracle Applications Integration Architecture for Partners (http://tinyurl.com/3gdsgk) — Oracle SOA (http://www.oracle.com/technologies/soa/index.html) — Oracle PartnerNetwork (http://www.oracle.com/partners/index.html) — Oracle Application Integration Architecture (http://tinyurl.com/5hhwqv) — Application Integration Architecture for Partners Initiative (http://tinyurl.com/3gdsgk) — Application Integration Validation (http://tinyurl.com/4dqweo) — Validated Integration listing on Oracle.com (http://www.oracle.com/partnerships/solutions.html) — Application Integration Partner Strategy Council members support (http://tinyurl.com/4gn8s2)

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