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New Release Features Enhanced Integration Offering an End-to-End Decision
Support Solution, Open Gateway to Meta-Data Sources and ODBC Support

PR439 / Friday 29 May 1998

Oracle today announced the general availability of Oracle Discoverer 3.1, 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 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.

Oracle Discoverer is Oracle's ad-hoc query and analysis tool, enabling
business users at all levels of the organisation to access data warehouses,
data marts and on-line transaction processing systems. Oracle Discoverer,
whose user interface has been designed from the ground up by Oracle's own
usability labs, delivers award-winning ease of use and leading query
performance.

Oracle Discoverer 3.1 features integration with Oracle Reports and Oracle
Express, end user query prediction, connectivity to any datasource through
ODBC, connectivity to any meta-data source through an End User Layer (EUL)
Gateway and MAPI support.

"With the integration of Oracle Discoverer, Oracle Reports and Oracle
Express, Oracle leads the industry with an end-to-end decision support
solution for the enterprise," said John Watton, product marketing manager,
DSS and Data Warehousing at Oracle UK. "The ease of use and exceptional
performance of Discoverer 3.1 further demonstrates Oracle's commitment to
delivering fast answers to hard questions for today's businesses."

Integration of Oracle Discoverer with Oracle Express Integration between
Discoverer and Express Server 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 an Oracle
Discoverer worksheet into an Express multidimensional cube for further
in-depth analysis. Additionally, users analysing summary data in Express
can seamlessly drill down to detailed data using Oracle Discoverer. This
process requires no re-querying of the data or administrative set-up.

Oracle Discoverer 3.1 is integrated with Oracle's recently introduced
enterprise reporting tool, Oracle Reports. Oracle Discoverer end-users
slice and dice data looking for answers to ad-hoc questions. These answers
can be instantly transformed from static worksheets to dynamic Web reports,
based on Oracle Reports, and published to the whole organisation.

Discoverer uniquely delivers query prediction capabilities through the
ability to tell a user how long a query is going to take before it runs.
This query prediction technology takes advantage of the Oracle database
cost-based optimiser in conjunction with historical statistics on query
time.

Discoverer 3.1 is a completely open product supporting access to any
database through ODBC, MAPI and an End-User Layer (EUL) Gateway to provide
access to any meta-data source. Oracle Discoverer 3.1 delivers the
fastest, easiest to use ad-hoc query and analysis solution on the market
today. Discoverer 3.0 recently won a competitive usability test conducted
by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in which more than 80 percent
of the study participants named Oracle Discoverer the best for usability in
its category. AIR concluded, "In over a decade of usability testing, AIR
has rarely seen a product that is so superior in usability to its
competitors." Discoverer also won PC Week's Analyst Choice Award for its
ease-of-use, capabilities and manageability.

Discoverer 3.1 is priced at £780 for the base client edition and at £1,560
for the administrator edition. Both are licensed on a named user basis and
are currently available on Windows 95, Windows NT and Windows 3.1.

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