Despite its inclination to traditionally thrive on a moderate amount of controversy and to fly a number of trial balloons, Oracle, has also been a practical company, often modifying its strategy and adopting a tack that would work better. Thus, while Oracle's declining revenue and profit are painfully noted, the company has been taking some long overdue moves to appease its customers and to play fair with the competition. Time will only tell, however, whether Oracle has used these slower economic times to get its act together and to position itself for the its future revival.
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breathing space to reap benefits from their current 10.7 applications, while preparing for a future upgrade during possibly better economic climate. The Application Server Market Aside from the database market Oracle has also set its sights on the prosperous application server (AS) market. Although late to market, the recent 9iAS enhancements in terms of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) compliance, Web Services support, and integration to other Oracle products, should increase Oracle's opportunity,