Oracle Recognized As A Leader In Applications Software Licensing
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Oracle Recognized As A Leader In Applications Software Licensing

Oracle Touted for Flexibility and Transparency of Pricing Policies

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) today announced it was cited as a leader, receiving the highest scores for both Current Offering and Strategy in the Nov. 7, 2005, "Forrester Wave: Enterprise Applications Software Licensing: Complexity, Q4 '05." Oracle was the only company to achieve leader status in the complexity area and scored well against a broad set of criteria.

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According to the report's author, Forrester Senior Analyst R. "Ray" Wang, "Oracle has emerged a leader in Enterprise Applications Software Licensing policies by creating the right balance between capturing the complexity of business requirements while balancing the flexibility in software lifecycle ownership policies ... Oracle is the top choice in accommodating complexity and a leading contender in delivering simplicity in licensing metrics." The report states that since 2000, Oracle has been a pioneer in disclosing its price lists and licensing policies publicly on the Web.(1)

The inaugural report rates applications vendors in two paradigms: simple licensing metrics with flexible licensing policies and advanced licensing metrics with flexible licensing policies. Working from its independent labs and using vendor research, Forrester used approximately 65 criteria to evaluate the software licensing policies of leading applications vendors and how those meet the changing requirements of their customer base.

"The results from Forrester's Enterprise Applications Software Licensing Wave further support Oracle's continued effort to provide customers with the most flexible, transparent licensing options to meet their specific requirements," said Oracle Vice President of Global Pricing and Licensing Strategy Jacqueline Woods. "We are particularly pleased that Forrester recognized Oracle's ability to deliver flexible licensing models that capture the complexity of our customers' businesses."

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    (1) Enterprise Applications Software Licensing Scorecard Summary:  Oracle,
        Forrester Research, Inc., November 2005

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