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Issue #2003 - 04 (February 2003)
(Updated Feb. 5, 2003)


Oracle Enhances Its Application Server with New Mobile Functions For Wireless Applications

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., January 31, 2003 -  Oracle Corp., today announced new wireless features in Oracle9i Application Server that will make it the first and only integrated application server to support XHTML 2.0, the new W3C standard. The new wireless features, scheduled to be available in a new Wireless Toolkit on the Oracle® Technology Network, are designed to make it easier and more cost-effective for developers to build and deploy mobile technologies across the enterprise. In addition to supporting XHTML 2.0, Oracle9i Application Server will also provide a single, unified platform for J2ME and Multi-Media Messaging (MMS) development models.

Enhanced Multi-Channel Support with XHTML 
XHTML 2.0, an evolution of HTML and the new W3C standard for building multi-channel applications, offers a single markup language for creating web applications that can be deployed to any device. The new standard provides better content presentation capabilities for smaller wireless device screens, improves developer productivity and reduces costs. As the first integrated platform to support XHTML, Oracle9i Application Server 9.0.4 will provide unprecedented device independence and presentation flexibility for richer wireless services.

A Complete Web Services Infrastructure for J2ME 
Oracle9i Application Server 9.0.4 will offer a complete Web services infrastructure for J2ME, allowing developers to take advantage of existing Web services for J2ME devices. By leveraging J2ME technology, content that is stored on devices can now be delivered and managed using new features of Oracle9i Application Server - including a provisioning system for Over-the-Air (OTA) delivery of J2ME applications and Digital Rights Management (DRM) support for controlling usage of downloaded J2ME applications. 

Enriched Content with MMS 
Oracle9i Application Server 9.0.4 simplifies development efforts by providing enhanced messaging services for creating actionable alerts, message adaptation and failover delivery control. New MMS functionality will allow for the creation and management of applications that include graphics, video and animation as well as automatic adaptation of media content based on a device's capabilities. These services allow developers to create messaging applications that provide accurate time- or location-sensitive information to their users as voice, text or media-rich messages.

New Tools and Resources On Mobile Development Center 
The enhanced Wireless Toolkit, scheduled to be available via the new Mobile Development Center on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), will provide wireless code samples, documentation and Software Development Kits (SDKs) to help developers build and deploy multi-channel XHTML, J2ME and messaging applications. The new XHTML SDK will offer a standards-based model for creating multi-channel applications, while the new J2ME Web services SDK will simplify the development and deployment process of Web services to J2ME devices. With approximately 10,000 visitors per month, the Mobile Development Center on OTN also provides a hosted instance of Oracle9i Application Server, allowing developers to build and test their wireless applications online.

"Thanks to Oracle's new wireless offerings, enterprise customers, operators and developers can cost-effectively build, deploy and manage virtually any kind of wireless application, thereby creating real competitive advantage in their businesses," stated Jacob Christfort, vice president of product development for Oracle's Mobile Products and Services Division. "Now compliant with XHTML, J2ME and MMS standards, Oracle9i Application Server 9.0.4 is the most complete, open standards based, development and deployment platform, giving developers all the tools they need to create and deploy sophisticated wireless applications."

The Wireless Toolkit is scheduled to be available for download free of charge from Oracle website in Spring 2003 and the new wireless features are scheduled to ship with Oracle9i Application Server Release 2, version 9.0.4 within the same timeframe.

About the Wireless and Voice Capabilities of Oracle9i Application Server 
Oracle9i Application Server is the only complete software for developing, deploying and managing applications in a multi-channel environment. The wireless and voice capabilities in Oracle9i Application Server provide a complete infrastructure for mobile development and delivery of applications and services. With support for standard programming models and tools to streamline development, it provides a powerful infrastructure for delivering, deploying and managing applications and services for mobile delivery.

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Oracle has been deliberately and gradually enhancing its application server 9i with additional capabilities in a pragmatic and market-responsive fashion. We generally like Oracle's strategy with respect to mobile incarnation of its general-purpose application server. The new capabilities (especially XHTML and J2ME support) announced last week are important for the enterprise market. While MMS functionality will be attractive to carriers who have Oracle database and application development infrastructure, actionable alerts, message adaptation and failover capabilities should be attractive to enterprise customers. Oracle 9i AS's connected and disconnected mode support through Oracle lite database is sound implementation in a wireless environment that is thin in bandwidth, and non-pervasive in coverage. We suggest that those enterprises that are Oracle-centric should seriously evaluate adoption of 9i AS for their mobile applications. As compared to IBM's WebSphere, it is simpler to implement as well. For large complex transaction-processing requirements and IBM-centric environment, WebSphere might be worth all the trouble. 

We would encourage Oracle to work with third party developers with domain knowledge of vertical industries to create fully-functional application packages that can be instantly turned on after customizing customer-specific user interface. This will be especially attractive to MBE (we mean medium to small business environment, not minority business environment) customers.

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