BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : MAY 8, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

Assembling an E-Business Powerhouse


Oracle Corp.'s software is the foundation for Web sites, e-commerce, and corporate networks. Here are its most crucial markets:

DATA STOREHOUSES
Database software for storing and analyzing corporate data, inventories, and customer info.

MARKET SIZE
$10.5 billion in 1999 for software and maintenance; heading for 16.6 billion in 2003.

ORACLE'S THIRD-QUARTER SALES
Software-license sales grew 32%, to $778 million.

MARKET SHARE
40%, compared with 18% for IBM, 5.7% for Informix, and 5.1% for Microsoft.

PROSPECTS
Oracle dominates the database-software realm on both Unix and Windows NT operating systems. Analysts predict it will hold off the competition indefinitely, thanks to its strong technology and new cachet with dot-coms.


BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
For running everything from accounting to customer management to Web sales.


MARKET SIZE
$26 billion in 1999; heading for 33 billion this year.

ORACLE'S THIRD-QUARTER SALES
Up 35%, to $199 million.

MARKET POSITION
Oracle is a distant second behind SAP in the market for core corporate applications. Siebel Systems leads in customer-management software.

PROSPECTS
In May, Oracle plans to release the most comprehensive package of business applications available. It has a good chance to gain market share because its applications are integrated, while others offer pieces that have to be stitched together.


E-MARKETPLACES
Web-site and internal software for transactions between companies, including auctions.


MARKET SIZE
$3.9 billion in 1999; heading for 18.6 billion in 2003.

ORACLE'S THIRD-QUARTER SALES
$26 million for supply-chain and procurement software.

MARKET POSITION
The procurement market is expanding into e-exchanges, and Oracle is an early leader along with Commerce One, Ariba, and i2.

PROSPECTS
Oracle has deals to power exchanges for Ford, Sears, and Chevron and is expected to have staying power, thanks to its army of 7,000 software programmers.


DATA: INTERNATIONAL DATA CORP., AMR RESEARCH, COMPANIES


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