The barrage of recent announcements coming from Oracle Corporation about the upcoming series of releases known as Oracle9i have focused largely on its abilities as an Internet-ready platform for transactional applications. Oracle9i has many other capabilities of interest, especially in the realm of business intelligence (BI). Here follows a brief inventory of BI products and capabilities that are coming in releases of Oracle9i Database and Oracle9i Application Server (iAS).

THE HURWITZ TAKE: Lest we forget, the "i" in Oracle9i stands for Internet. Oracle8i's focus on supporting Internet standards with scalability and reliability made it a leading platform for Internet-based applications. Oracle9i continues this focus by adding or more closely integrating functions outside the transactional requirements of Internet applications. This includes BI, which is part of successful e-business initiatives, and absolutely required to achieve revenue lift in e-commerce.

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