Oracle unveils apps bundle for Euro midmarket |  Software

Oracle Corp. Thursday unveiled its E-Business Suite Special Edition, a package of enterprise applications targeted at midsize European companies and delivered ready to run on a hardware server, the company said.

The offering, to be sold by Oracle partners in 13 European countries, puts Oracle in head-to-head competition in the European midmarket with rivals SAP AG, Sage Group PLC and Microsoft Corp.'s Business Solutions unit, among others.

E-Business Suite Special Edition comprises the financial accounting, sales order management, inventory management and purchasing modules of the E-Business Suite for large enterprises, Oracle of Redwood Shores, California, said in a statement.

Oracle's new offering "does not stand out from the crowd, unless you love Oracle," but it is "a good me too!" said Nigel Montgomery, a London-based research director with AMR Research Inc. of Boston.

Between 10 and 25 people in a company are allowed to use the software. If more user accounts are needed, a company has to upgrade to the more expensive E-Business Suite. Pricing is determined by the Oracle partner delivering the product and differs depending on added software and services, an Oracle spokeswoman said.

Oracle partner Sysao PLC in London, for example, can deliver the Special Edition for 15 users at a little under

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