Oracle Office Goes Global

Productivity applications promote enterprisewide collaboration.

February 2011

With workers no longer tethered to a desktop computer in the office, there is a growing need for access to the same productivity capabilities whether using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Oracle Office combines Oracle Open Office 3.3 desktop suite and Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 online suite to offer the industry’s first integrated, open standards–based desktop-to-Web productivity solution for any platform or device—so workers can collaborate anytime, anywhere.

Oracle Open Office 3.3 (formerly known as StarOffice/StarSuite) is based on Open Document Format (ODF) and delivers word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and drawing applications, running natively on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux environments. It is compatible with Microsoft Office document file formats and features more than 500 extensions. Oracle Open Office 3.3 also offers new integrations with Oracle Business Intelligence and Oracle E-Business Suite applications, so workers’ documents can be easily integrated with enterprise systems.

The product also benefits from a significant existing user base and highly portable file formats of the underlying open source technology “Oracle Open Office already has about 100 million users, and this latest version builds on market momentum to embrace open standards–based products,” says Michael Bemmer, general manager of the Oracle Office Global Business Unit.

Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 is a new Web and mobile office suite that is tightly integrated with Oracle Open Office 3.3. Based on a Web-scale software-as-a-service (SaaS) architecture for delivery as an on-demand or on-premises solution, Oracle Cloud Office 1.0 uses the same ODF to give users access to documents from any browser and any device.

Oracle Cloud Office supports multiple users’ access to common documents published on the Web. This simplifies version control and reduces the stress document sharing can have on enterprise e-mail systems. “If you have to publish a report once a week, you can embed it in a blog or wiki. Then, people can access the document on the Web, it’s always up-to-date, and the distribution is automatic,” says Bemmer. “The overhead of sending it around and making sure everyone has it is gone.”

Bemmer believes that Oracle Open Office and Oracle Cloud Office more accurately reflect how employees work in a global, Web 2.0–enabled business climate. And common standards are essential to making that possible. “Since today’s customers are mixing desktop application software and Web-based software on a variety of devices, it’s critical that the platform, the usability, and the experience are always the same,” he says. “It’s very important that the underlying file format, ODF, is unchanged, so users don’t have to constantly copy or reformat data.”

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