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Ellison: Data Hubs Could Have Prevented 9/11

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is convinced that had the intelligence community used a unified database from Oracle, the terrorist attacks on 9/11 would never have happened.

"As it was, Mohamed Atta passed through international customs saying he was visiting on a holiday, while the police in Broward County, Florida had an outstanding warrant for his arrest," Ellison said during his keynote at Oracle's OpenWorld conference here.

Ellison's comments were part of the CEO's advertisement for Oracle's new vision of topically focused databases, or data hubs. The repositories of information are part of Oracle's approach to a broader market movement toward Service Oriented Architectures that use the modular hubs. Oracle is touting the hubs in concert with its next generation of grid infrastructure software.

The personalized systems based on Oracle's E-Business Suite could include specialized repositories like a "citizen" data hub for security purposes, a financial consolidation hub for credit card companies, a financial services accounting data hub for banks, and a product data hub for manufacturers and supply chain companies.

By sharing critical product information such as engineering, manufacturing, marketing/sales, profit/loss, and regulatory compliance, Oracle said, users could make better decisions and cut down on errors.

"A 360-degree vision of your company could never come from a single CRM system," Ellison said pointing out flaws in software from rival vendors like SAP, Seibel and PeopleSoft.

Ellison repeated his company's pledge to support PeopleSoft if it were to merge. The executive said Oracle would finish production of PeopleSoft 9 and then "over support" the PeopleSoft customers for the next ten years.

"After PeopleSoft 9 and the next generation of Oracle software, we will build a successor product to both PeopleSoft and Oracle, so that when people do their upgrade that they will have the best of both companies," he said.

Ellison pointed out that the goal was to combine resources between the two companies and build a functionally merged product that would serve as an easy and graceful upgrade.

Oracle is offering $24 per-share for its Pleasanton, Calif.-based rival. PeopleSoft's board of directors continues to hold out for more money, even though 61 percent of shareholders sided with Oracle in last month's straw poll.