On November 15, Oracle Corp., announced the pending availability of Oracle8i Release 2, the follow-on to Oracle8i, the most rapidly adopted database product ever released by the company. To date, more than 5000 "Dot Coms" and other enterprises are using Oracle8i. Additionally, over 800 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have developed applications and tools optimized for Oracle8i data warehousing and online transaction processing features since the product's release in March 1999. The new release has expanded analytical data warehousing functions, native support for Java2 and performance and management enhancements.
into Oracle8i have allowed Acxiom to better mine and use its information on a daily basis. Oracle has added significant new SQL (Structured Query Language) extensions to perform what they refer to as analytic functions . Examples include ranking Find the top ten sales reps in each region , ratio-to-report, What is January's sales as a percentage of the entire year's? and many others. These powerful functions are being considered by ANSI (American National Standards Institute, the U.S. member body to