Expanding its commitment to the fast growing number of independent software vendors joining its partner community, Oracle has announced that the Oracle PartnerNetwork will host its first ISV Forum in San Francisco on June 29-30th, 2004, and introduce a range of new benefits to help application providers speed their business success with Oracle.

Created to serve the needs of both new and existing ISV partners, the Oracle PartnerNetwork ISV Forum will offer opportunities for ISVs currently working on or interested in learning more about Oracle technology. The Forum will provide up-to-date strategies and solution roadmaps for the full Oracle product line, as well as industry-specific roadmaps that bring together vertical ISV solutions and Oracle products to resolve specific customer pain points.

"Partners of every type play an essential role in driving the global Oracle economy and help generate 40 percent of our revenue. We continue to look for ways to expand our commitment and support our partner community, delivering new tools, services and the education they need to enhance their Oracle business and meet specific industry needs," said Bronwyn Hastings, vice president, Worldwide Alliances & Channels at Oracle. "This ISV Forum will be the largest gathering of current and new ISV partners to date and is the next step in a range of new resources Oracle will deliver."

Oracle ISV Community Grows 40%
The number of ISVs in the Oracle PartnerNetwork grew by 40 percent in Oracle's FY04. Over the past year, many new ISVs have explored the resources Oracle offers for application providers looking to build on Oracle technology and applications.

Currently, there are approximately 6,100 ISVs in Oracle's global partner community, as well as 204,000 self-identified ISV developers in the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) community. The introduction of Oracle 10g technology, with a range of new price/packaging and self-managing features, was welcomed by over 1,000 ISVs that signed up to be part of an early access program to facilitate success.

Linux also has been a significant driver for growth among Oracle ISVs in the Oracle PartnerNetwork. Today there are more than 1,000 commercially available ISV partner solutions on the Oracle/Linux platform and more than 80 percent of Oracle ISVs are now delivering solutions on Linux.

ISVs Key Part of the Oracle Economy
The Oracle PartnerNetwork ISV Forum evolves from Oracle's ongoing commitment to ISV growth and profitability, and enhancing the benefits and ease of doing business with Oracle. The Forum will provide participants with industry insight on how Oracle can help them capitalize on current trends-including the path to Grid computing and developing on Linux. It will also give application providers the opportunity to collaborate with Oracle and other types of Oracle partners (systems integrators, value-added resellers, value-added distributors, and hardware platform vendors) to extend and deliver end-to-end, vertical industry solutions.

Keynotes at the Forum will address the important role Oracle partners play in building the Oracle economy and are scheduled to include:
Charles Phillips, president, Oracle: "Building Your Business with Oracle"
Charles Rozwat, executive vice president, Oracle: "ISVs and the Unbreakable Oracle Technology Platform"
Ron Wohl, executive vice president, Oracle: "ISVs and Oracle E-Business Suite-Working Together"

The Forum also will help partners to plot strategy in one-on-one meetings with key Oracle executives from development, global and regional Alliances & Channels, North American Sales, and Government, Education & Healthcare. For more information about the ISV Forum and free registration, please visit:

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