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New Release Provides Integrated Decision Support Capabilities to All
Users-From the Novice to the Power Analyst

PR440 / Friday 29 May 1998

Oracle has announced availability, within 30 days, of Oracle Express 6.2, a
key component of Oracle's integrated decision support strategy. The
decision support requirements of today's organisations cover enterprise
reporting, ad-hoc query and analysis and On-Line Analytical Processing
(OLAP). With Oracle Reports, Oracle Discoverer and Oracle Express, Oracle
is the only vendor providing a low cost solution for delivering fast
answers to hard questions through the continuum of decision support needs.

Express is Oracle's industry-leading enterprise OLAP solution enabling
users to analyse data in a structured or ad hoc form using a
multidimensional data model that includes support for "what-if" scenarios,
forecasting and financial modelling.

Oracle Express 6.2 features tight integration with Oracle Discoverer,
providing a complete decision support solution for today's businesses.
Oracle Express 6.2 offers expanded platform support, improved client and
server side tools, easy to use administration, enhanced Java support for
Web-based OLAP applications and new versions of Oracle Financial Analyser
and Oracle Sales Analyser, pre-built applications for financial and
sales/marketing users.

"Oracle already offers the most powerful and complete family of decision
support products," said John Watton, product marketing manager, DSS and
Data Warehousing at Oracle UK. "Now we have made these products more
integrated and easier to use, helping companies to reduce deployment costs
and maximise benefits by extending analytical capabilities to more users."

Integration between Discoverer and Express enables users to seamlessly
perform
any level of analysis: from ad-hoc queries to sophisticated modelling,
forecasting and "what-if" scenarios. A simple push of a button exports a
Discoverer worksheet into an Express multidimensional cube for further
in-depth analysis. This process requires no re-querying of the data or
administrative set-up. Additionally, users analysing summary data in
Express can seamlessly drill down to detailed data using Discoverer.

Oracle Express Server 6.2 features new intelligent caching which delivers
major performance gains in Hybrid-OLAP and ROLAP environments. Companies
that have already built a relational data warehouse or data mart can
quickly and easily deploy Express OLAP applications, without having to
redesign or rebuild their relational databases. Express Server 6.2 can
also generate an OLAP-ready, relational warehouse schema for companies
deploying a new data warehouse. Oracle is also making available, within 30
days, the version 6.2 upgrade to Personal Express, a single-user,
stand-alone OLAP engine and tools with new 32-bit computing support.

Oracle Express 6.2 features a redesign of its OLAP server management tool,
Express Administrator, providing a new graphical, wizard-driven interface
that enables administrators to easily build and maintain Express databases.
Express Administrator also includes sophisticated scheduling and batch
processing capabilities providing complete control over administrative tasks.

Expanded Web deployment capabilities in Oracle Express 6.2 include powerful
Java tables and graphs for displaying and manipulating multidimensional
data.
Dynamic data selection enables Web users to change any of the information
displayed in a report or chart. Drag-and-drop rotation and drillable
tables and graphs allow users to directly manipulate the layout of data.
In addition, new versions of the Express Objects and Express Analyser
client tools are also available, offering improved performance and enhanced
capabilities for developing and deploying custom OLAP applications.

Concurrent with the release of Oracle Express 6.2, Oracle announced new
versions of its leading analytical applications-Oracle Financial Analyser
and Oracle Sales Analyser. These applications leverage the power of
Express Server to offer targeted OLAP capabilities in areas such as finance
and sales/marketing. Financial Analyser 6.2 provides broad support for Web
and spreadsheet-based clients, extending powerful financial analysis
capabilities to more users throughout the enterprise. Sales Analyser 6.2
includes enhanced Web support, as well as new forecasting capabilities that
allow users to project future patterns based on existing sales and
marketing data.

Oracle Express Server 6.2 is available, within 30 days, for the leading
UNIX platform, HP-UX followed by IBM AIX, Sun Solaris and Windows NT.
Server-side and client-side tools are available for Windows 95 and Windows
NT 4.0. Personal Express 6.2 is available for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.



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