Oracle's German subsidiary and Intershop Communications have signed a strategic agreement which will give users of the Germany-based company's electronic commerce software access to Oracle's databases.
The move is part of Intershop's new focus on the enterprise market, said Stefan Ried, project consultant with Intershop. Oracle is the number one database among enterprise users, and its Oracle8 database is also designed for heavy-duty transaction processing, making it ideal for enterprise solutions, Ried said.
The announcement also coincides with the company's unveiling this week of a new Enterprise Edition of its E-commerce product, called Intershop3, at the Systems '98 trade show in Munich.
Intershop already sells three other versions of Intershop 3: a merchant edition for small online shops; a developer edition for full-featured e-commerce sites; and a host edition, for ISPs and telcos that host large commercial web sites. Telecom Xtra uses the host edition of Intershop as the basis of its Xtra Business Builder product.
With the enterprise edition Intershop is moving into the business-to-business market, Ried said, with possible applications of its software for use between manufacturer and distributor, for example. Also special to the enterprise edition is connectivity to SAP's R/3 enterprise resource planning software.
Users will have the option of either bundling the Intershop3 Enterprise Edition and an Oracle license, or having Intershop linked to their already existing Oracle applications. Prices were not immediately available.
The product is also available for Sybase's XI Adaptive Server database, according to Ried.
Intershop and Oracle have already tested a possible application for the Oracle link in a pilot project carried out for the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, according to a joint Intershop-Oracle statement. The Airport's duty-free shop installed a test version of Intershop's online shopping solution, processing some 1,500 hits a day.
More information will be available on the product after the company's press conference Wednesday.
Intershop, based in Jena and San Francisco, can be reached in Germany at 49-40-237-09-0 or at http:www.intershop.com. Oracle, in Redwood City, California, can be reached at +1-650-506-7000 or at http://www.oracle.com/.