Oracle guns for e-mail market

Within three years, Oracle Corp. hopes to have almost all government e-mail stored on agency databases and servers running its software, said Kevin Fitzgerald, senior vice president of government, education and health care sales for Oracle of Redwood Shores, Calif.

The driver for this change will be the agencies' need for cost savings, Fitzgerald said. Oracle is eyeing a potentially growing market for systems holding e-mail, voice mail, calendar entries, word processing documents and other general files.

According to Fitzgerald, Oracle powers 75 percent of the government databases, but only about 20 percent of data on government computers is stored in databases.

Mark Jarvis, chief marketing officer for Oracle, said the software maker can offer a solution that will cost $133 per year per user, and will hold all voice mail and e-mail messages and other files. It would cost $775 per user per year to administer all these accounts separately, he said, adding that the efficiencies gained by using an enterprisewide database lead to the cost savings.


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