13. Oracle announced availability of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.12 today; will there be additional releases post release 8.12?
Oracle is already working on release 9.0 of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne product line. We have been working with our customer advisory boards on the detailed content and priorities.
14. Will JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers have to move to a different hardware platform or operating system because of Applications Unlimited?
No. All JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers can remain with their chosen and supported hardware and operating system selections, including HP-UX. Applications Unlimited includes Oracle's continued support and certification of supported platforms.
15. How is Oracle going to address support for new releases of WebSphere and DB2?
PeopleSoft, Siebel and JD Edwards customers have been assured that Oracle will continue to support the infrastructure products (hardware, operating systems, databases and middleware) that were supported prior to the acquisition. PeopleSoft, Siebel and JD Edwards have a policy of ensuring seamless support of these products by certifying our applications with new releases of platform components as rapidly as possible. Oracle's policy includes providing customers sufficient lead-time to adopt and deploy new releases of infrastructure products prior to their retirement by the supplier. Oracle continues to work with our third-party infrastructure vendors like IBM to ensure that new releases of Oracle applications support current releases of WebSphere and DB2, offering customers the ability to derive ongoing benefit from their technology investments.
16. How does Oracle plan to communicate the Applications Unlimited strategy to the customers?
Oracle has launched the start of “1,000 Events: Oracle Applications World Tour.” At these events, held in cities across the globe, Oracle executives and experts will provide an update on the strategy and direction of the current Oracle Applications and discuss Applications Unlimited, Oracle’s plan to provide ongoing enhancements to the current Oracle Applications beyond the delivery of Oracle Fusion Applications in 2008. Additionally, the events will address the evolutionary path customers can take to move to Oracle Fusion Applications.