May 05, 2009
Oracle Announces Improved Version of Oracle Beehive
By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor
Oracle has announced improvements to Oracle (News - Alert) Beehive, which, according to the company, add considerable value to the only unified collaboration system built for the enterprise. According to Oracle, companies using Oracle Beehive can now establish more efficient communication channels to facilitate seamless collaboration.
The new enhancements include Web based Team Collaboration that offers a user friendly environment for teams to manage activities and information. It includes wikis, team calendaring, RSS support, contextual search, and advanced file sharing.
The improved version also offers Enhanced Web and Voice Conferencing with which companies can apply security and content management policies to conferencing. It also provides on-demand conference recording and retrieval
“As organizations rely increasingly on collaboration software to drive both communication and business process efficiency, repackaged groupware and point solutions are proving to be costly and difficult to manage on an enterprise scale. With its unified platform, Oracle Beehive provides enterprise-ready collaboration in a single, easy-to-manage system with a low total cost of ownership," said David Gilmour, senior vice president, Collaboration Technologies, Oracle.
Today, a company has global presence and its employees and customers are located in different parts of the world. Naturally, the company needs to communicate with them on a regular basis and this communication should be seamless and affordable for the company to be profitable.
To facilitate this communication needs, Oracle Beehive makes use of various collaboration tools including email, calendar, team workspaces, conferencing, and instant messaging on a single, standards based platform. If companies use these modern technologies to communicate, it lowers infrastructure costs, simplifies IT management, and reduces risk say AT&T (News - Alert) officials.
Recently, Oracle announced that it’s poised to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun’s cash and debt. Just two weeks after the Sun-IBM (News - Alert) talks broke down when the latter lowered its offer from $10 to $9.40 per share, Sun’s board unanimously approved a deal worth $9.50 – still far more than their company’s closing price last week of $6.69.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Jessica Kostek