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Oracle Sales Analyzer and Oracle Financial Analyzer provide scaleable OLAP
analysis capabilities to business users throughout an enterprise

PR332 / 2nd October 1997

Oracle has announced the availability of its leading On-Line Analytical
Processing (OLAP) applications - Oracle Sales Analyzer and Oracle Financial
Analyzer - for Sun Microsystems' Enterprise servers running the Solaris
operating environment. This powerful combination provides companies with a
cost-effective way to extend OLAP functionality to business end-users
throughout an enterprise, enabling them to access and analyse sales and
financial information critical to their decision-making.

Oracle's OLAP applications help companies make better strategic decisions by
providing insight into their corporate data. Oracle Sales Analyzer enables
users to evaluate trends in diverse areas including sales, manufacturing,
distribution and marketing. Oracle Financial Analyzer enables organisations
to meet their critical financial objectives, including controlling costs,
analysing performance, evaluating opportunities and formulating future
directions.

In bringing these applications to Sun's Enterprise servers, Oracle has
combined the powerful analytical capabilities of Express Server 6.1 with the
high capacity and throughput of Sun systems and Solaris. This combination
offers companies a new, high-performance solution to deliver sophisticated
OLAP analysis capabilities in a distributed environment.

As demand increases for broader access to Oracle's powerful OLAP tools and
applications, the Sun Enterprise server family grows with a company's needs.
The Enterprise 450 Workgroup server, for example, can include up to four
UltraSPARC II processors running at 250-MHz, with expandability of up to 4GB
of memory and 84GB of internal disk storage.

Oracle Sales Analyzer further extends the reach of OLAP capabilities with a
Web client that lets users perform analysis via any standard browser. Oracle
Sales Analyzer users can easily publish their analyses to the Internet and
corporate intranets, with no HTML knowledge required. Colleagues throughout
the enterprise can use their Web browsers to review these analyses and
perform live queries against up-to-the-minute information such as, "Which
regions have the highest sales growth from last year?" and "What are my five
best and worst performing products this quarter in the Central Region?".

Powerful and flexible security features allow analysis publishers to specify
which users have access to what data. A Web-enabled version of Oracle
Financial Analyzer is scheduled to be available on the Sun platform later
this year.

With this new release, both Oracle Sales Analyzer and Oracle Financial
Analyzer offer a light client configuration which makes analysis sharing
across an enterprise easier and more cost-effective. The light client
enables companies to maintain data on a central server, rather than in a
separate, client-side cache. This reduces the amount of administration and
resources needed to maintain each users' PC. Oracle Sales Analyzer and
Oracle Financial Analyzer also leverage the features of Oracle Express
Server 6.1 to simplify implementation and administration, making it easier
to deploy enterprise-wide OLAP applications.

As the recognised OLAP leader, Oracle will continue to add new platform
support for the Express product line so our customers can easily deploy OLAP
tools and applications to more users in their heterogeneous computing
environments," said John Watton, DDS Marketing Manager, Oracle UK.
"Combining the Sun platform with our latest generation of Express technology
will set a new standard in OLAP scaleability."

Oracle Financial Analyzer and Oracle Sales Analyzer will be available within
the next 30 days for Oracle Express Server 6.1 running on the Sun Enterprise
server family.

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