Rapid uptake of Oracle 11g expected

Analysts and user groups expect Oracle customers to rush to upgrade to address pressing business issues.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  August 5, 2007

Analysts and end user groups are predicting a quicker than usual uptake for Oracle's new 11g database product, as enterprises look to address critical business issues. According to both Gartner analyst Donald Feinberg, and the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), Oracle customers may well be willing to run the risks of an early deployment in order to access new features of the database that tackle important business issues.

Oracle 11g is the first major core database launch from Oracle since 2004, and includes features to address emerging requirements for information management, such as compliance and expanding volumes of data.

The new database includes functions to restrict administrator access to confidential corporate data to help meet compliance requirements, and enhanced features to improve storage efficiency, to cope with expanding volumes of corporate data and discovery.
Ari Kaplan, president of the IOUG said that a survey of IOUG members in April of this year found that nearly 35% of members planned to upgrade within the year, and over half plan to upgrade over the next couple years, to address what he described as "big pressing issues".

"There are some pretty significant business issues that 11g addresses, so that's where the 35% comes from - those that really see a need. Some of the big pressing issues are large database growth and the manageability and security around the database," Kaplan said.

"We have been working with Oracle pretty closely to help Oracle decide which of the thousands of feature requests should actually be developed. From a technology perspective, I think people are pretty satisfied that [11g] will meet their requirements," he added.

While Gartner does not predict quite as quick an uptake of 11g as the IOUG, with analysts expecting 15-20% of Oracle customers to deploy in the first twelve months, it still expects that many users will deploy sooner than the typical 18 months period for adoption of a major enterprise application, in order to be able to address business requirements with new features.

"If you are in need of the new features and willing to accept some degree of risk, begin to evaluate Oracle Database 11g when it becomes generally available. The risk vs. reward may be worthwhile for many of these features," Weinberg said.

Oracle Middle East and Africa says that selected enterprises across the Middle East are involved with initial testing of the database, with a full launch scheduled for this year's Gitex exhibition.

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