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Yahoo! Bolsters Portal Suite with Oracle’s Help
By Clint Boulton

July 15, 2003

One day after its blockbuster purchase bid for paid search provider Overture, Yahoo! (Quote, Chart) Tuesday sought to improve its portal productivity suite by hooking up with Oracle to use its application server to deliver content to more people.

Redwood Shores, Calif.’s Oracle, in conjunction with real-time information management provider Moreover Technologies, will help to bring external content to more people who use corporate portals, intranets and extranets to seek out information through the My Yahoo! Enterprise Edition (MYEE) suite.

Financial terms were not made public but what is known is that MYEE will be available through the Oracle9i Application Server, which is used by more than 16,000 organizations. This enables enterprise customers to use more than 100 pre-built portlets with content from more than 2000 Web and news and trade sources.

Employees may receive company and industry news, company performance and updates. To augment this, Yahoo! will add enterprise content from more than 5,500 specialty Internet sites through its expanded agreement with Moreover.

Portal suites have been gaining in popularity as more workers flock to the Web. Infrastructure providers, such as Oracle, IBM, BEA Systems and countless others have been lining up to find placement for their products in as many suites as possible to prepare for a potentially lucrative collaboration market windfall. To be sure, other platform vendors lending software infrastructure to Yahoo! include BEA (Quote, Chart), SAP AG (Quote, Chart), Sun Microsystems (Quote, Chart) and TIBCO Software (Quote, Chart).

To wit, Yahoo said it based decision to expand MYEE in part because of studies that show that nearly 80 percent of workers are turning to the Web for information searches, and because corporations’ central content buying expenditures are reaching approximately $3,500 a year per employee.

“The goal of finding relevant business information has grown increasingly costly in both hours spent by employees and dollars spent by corporate information professionals,” the company said in a statement. “My Yahoo! Enterprise Edition offers a much more affordable solution that delivers real-time business information from thousands of sources directly to corporate portals, such as those built on the Oracle9i Application Server platform.”

MYEE includes more than 7,500 information sources spanning financial services and banking, government, education, healthcare pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and technology; Content integration from scads of sources aggregated into portlets before being delivered through a corporate portal to a worker’s desktop; and productivity tools such as Yahoo! Mail, Calendar, and Maps.

The new My Yahoo! Enterprise Edition is available today with a demo and may be accessed here.

Yahoo!’s announcement comes a day after it scored a major coup on the paid search front my snapping up Overture for $1.6 billion, a deal bound to give the company significant leverage in its battle for supremacy versus Microsoft and Google.

Yahoo! rival MSN must now depend on Yahoo!’s Inktomi and Overture for its core search services, while No. 1 search company Google now has a stronger opponent.

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