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Oracle debuts Collaboration Suite at Gitex

The application suite combines enterprise file services, file server consolidation with e-mail, voicemail, fax support, voice-enabled collaboration and the recently acquired Steltor calendaring technology.

Visitors to this year’s show will get an initial glimpse of Oracle Collaboration Suite. The application suite combines enterprise file services, file server consolidation with e-mail, voicemail, fax support, voice-enabled collaboration and the recently acquired Steltor calendaring technology, at favourable price points compared with its market rivals.Oracle’s Middle East operation is already planning to aggressively promote its new line of business to both local partners and end users. However, with both Microsoft and IBM/Lotus holding a sizable head start in the market, Oracle’s sales team is going to have its work cut out to win a handhold in the messaging space. Oracle has committed to integrating full Arabic support throughout the Collaboration Suite. There are several components of the suite, including the Internet File System (IFS) and the e-mail, which already support Arabic.“The calendar is the only piece that doesn’t support Arabic,” says Ayman Abouseif, senior marketing director, Eastern & Central Europe, Middle East & Africa, Oracle. “We have a plan to introduce full Arabic support,” he adds. Oracle has already been conducting extensive training with its partners. However, the vendor isn’t satisfied working with its own channel — it is planning to woo Microsoft Exchange partners to its banner, in an attempt to rapidly assemble a channel already familiar with the messaging medium.

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