Oracle shows off sophisticated, scalable InterOffice groupware

New Internet mail and directory protocols are key components in enabling Oracle to offer a sophisticated email groupware product scalable from small sites to global enterprises. Oracle InterOffice makes use of advanced IMAP and LDAP protocols to achieve advanced messaging capability.

New Internet mail and directory protocols are key components in enabling Oracle to offer a sophisticated email groupware product scalable from small sites to global enterprises.

Oracle NZ marketing manager Prash-anta Mukherjee says Oracle InterOffice — with different components being released now and in the following months — makes use of advanced IMAP and LDAP protocols to achieve advanced messaging capability.

Mukherjee says Oracle had seen an opportunity in the high end of the market, among corporations employing thousands of users, but the product is fully scalable — so much so that one early New Zealand site has only 28 users.

As the various modules roll out from Oracle the system will be capable of handling everything from the usual documents to video and newsfeeds.

Oracle InterOffice has been built from the using open Internet standards and Web interfaces, providing corporate intranets with email, scheduling, workflow and document management services.

Oracle has claimed a first by being able to enabling users to access their own email account from any Web browser, anywhere in the world. By using an IMAP standards-based system, Interoffice is able to match and access files with competing systems — including Microsoft Exchange — which use similar files.

InterOffice enables even small companies to act as “virtual corporations” by allowing users to send and receive email, schedule group appointments, work on shared documents and access information regardless of location.

Forrester Research analyst Stan Dolberg has described it as a “sort of extension of email through an ISP”.

InterOffice will be able to run on thin clients and NetPCs as they emerge during the next few months.

Mukherjee says Oracle will be looking for qualified dealers to extend into the lower end of the market.

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