Oracle Upgrades User Productivity Kit; HP, Oracle and the Sun Deal
You got nothing, if you don’t have content. No number of business applications are going to help you do you business if there’s nothing for them to work on. Oracle, which has a vested interested in companies using business applications, have upgraded its productivity kit to make content creation easier.

Content Still King

The new User Productivity Kit (UPK), which comes in two flavors -- User Productivity Kit v11.1 and Oracle User Productivity Kit Professional 11.1 -- provides enterprises with content development maintenance platforms that will increase the productivity, not just of users, but also of programs and projects.

Our customers are looking for the ability for users to easily and rapidly create and share content in order to enhance collaboration …and, now we’ve been able to help facilitate the testing of software even further…”  said Trish Trolley, senior director, Oracle UPK.

So that’s the PR soundbite, but it does sum up the thinking and function of this kit. It basically pushes the creation of content out around the enterprise so everyone can participate on it.

UPK 11.1

That is, everyone who is qualified to use it. UPK comes with a new Record It! Wizard that enables developers to create content in a collaborative manner as well as offering a testing environment.

Oracle says that with the new release in both editions, users will be able to develop content in minutes rather than hours, as well as cut the testing times.

New and updated features include:

  • Record It! Wizard: Knowledge sharing across the enterprise by allowing developers to create content in minutes without having to learn UPK.
  • Test It! Mode: Accelerates the testing cycle by providing simulations
  • Content Creation and Editing: Improves knowledge transfer and application testing efficiency with frame-by frame content creation and editing.

Oracle UPK and UPK Professional customers that are current on maintenance can upgrade to the latest version at no additional charge.

Oracle and HP

Speaking of things Oracle, as the Oracle-HP courtroom punch-up draws closer, the dirty linen is really beginning to get slung around the boardrooms.

In a California filing earlier this week, HP is claiming that a number of senior executives at Oracle thought the US$ 7.4 billion acquisition of Sun was a bad idea.

It also alleges that Oracle developed a hard-hitting strategy against HP’s Itanium-based servers that are often used in data centers after sales of Sun’s Sparc servers dived.

The filing also said that Oracle's March 2011 decision not to support the Itanium platform on future versions of its products made it more expensive to run Oracle products on the HP platform.

And this without the trial proper. Interesting weeks ahead.