ORACLE ANNOUNCES NEW TOOLS TO FACILITATE INTEGRATION WITH ORACLE SMALL BUSINESS SUITE
New Technologies Allow Seamless Data Exchange without Data Reentry
Redwood Shores, CA. November 27, 2001—Oracle
Corp., the largest provider of software for ebusiness,
today announced new integration technologies that make
it easy for small and mid-size application developers
to increase the value of their portfolios by integrating
with the Oracle® Small Business Suite, which is powered
by NetLedger. These new development tools include smbXML,
an eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based integration
technology that enables developers to seamlessly exchange
business information with the Oracle Small Business
Suite. New capabilities also are being unveiled for
Single Sign-on technology, Server-to-Server Integration
and a Web Store Developer Kit.
Integration Improves Business Efficiencies
By using integrated applications, small businesses
can save time and money by eliminating the need to manually
integrate separate islands of information. smbXML can
be used to link complementary applications together,
enabling businesses to significantly increase their
efficiency by streamlining their business processes
around one common and centralized Oracle database.
In addition to smbXML, Single Sign-on is a secure patent-pending
technology to manage the authentication of users moving
between Web-based applications without the need to enter
multiple passwords. Server-to-Server Integration allows
for real time data exchange between Web-based applications,
eliminating the need to periodically upload the information.
The Web Store Developer Kit (WSDK) allows a business
to utilize their existing custom Web Store or Web Site
and incorporate the Oracle Small Business Suite for
integrated e-commerce and accounting functionality.
Another key enhancement to the Oracle Small Business
Suite is Advanced Shipping and Receiving. Designed for
companies that have a separate person or department
that handles shipping and receiving, Advanced Shipping
and Receiving enables a company to set up a special
“warehouse employee” role, allowing them
to process all shipments and receipts without maintaining
separate shipping and receiving software. The shipping
clerk can look at open sales orders, print picking tickets,
packing slips and return forms, and mark items as shipped.
The accounting clerk will then get a reminder of processed
shipments and can quickly generate invoices or process
credit cards. When shipments arrive at a business, they
can easily be matched up against open purchase orders
or return authorizations and entered into inventory.
"Our service is unique because all of the components
of the Oracle Small Business Suite work together seamlessly
in one application, minimizing inefficient re-entry
of data, and providing owners with a complete view of
their business," said Evan Goldberg, president and CEO
of NetLedger. "We can now extend this unprecedented
level of integration to third-party applications to
further enhance the efficiencies that automation can
bring to small and medium-sized businesses."
New NetLedger partners using the integration technologies
to increase the value of their applications include:
- Infopia, developer of Marketplace Manager, an online
application that simplified the process of selling
goods on multiple online auctions and marketplaces,
recently utilized server-to-server smbXML to integrate
their service with the Oracle Small Business Suite.
Now users of Oracle Small Business Suite Web store
can instantly make all of their items available on
online marketplaces through Infopia's powerful tools.
Additionally, Infopia customers can instantly update
their Oracle Small Business Suite accounts directly
from their Infopia transactions.
- NetPOS.com, a pioneer in online Point-of-Sale technology,
will use Developer Program components to integrate
their POS solution with the Oracle Small Business
Suite. This allows inventory and transaction information
to be instantly transmitted between NetPOS and the
Oracle Small Business Suite, saving the retailer both
time and money, as sales are entered only once, and
inventory is always aligned and up-to-date. Initially,
NetPOS.com is focusing its efforts on restaurants
and specialty retailers.
- Ciraden, the leading application service provider
in the dental practice market, is leveraging smbXML
to provide an integrated service to completely manage
a dental practice. By combining the rich dental practice
management features of the Ciraden application with
the extensive business management capabilities of
the Oracle Small Business Suite, Ciraden is now offering
the most comprehensive solution for dental practice
management on the market.
- Lexys Technology Inc., a leading provider of next
generation retail applications, will integrate their
Point-of-Sale application, Lexys Enterprise SaleT,
with the Oracle Small Business Suite using Single
Sign-on technology. Using server-to-server smbXML,
Lexys will create a seamless solution for retailers
to manage in-store selling much more efficiently with
one combined business management solution.
- Mercantec, a leader in e-commerce solutions for
small business, will utilize the smbXML format for
integrating store activities into the Oracle Small
Business Suite. With the front-end store completely
integrated into the back-end accounting and processing
system, online retailers have one complete e-commerce
solution vs. multiple incompatible applications.
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