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Oracle Primes Management Pump

Oracle said its management software suite will soon care for the company's E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, and Siebel business applications.

Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g provides service level management, configuration management and remediation for its applications to solve problems that could bring an enterprise resource planning or supply chain management system down.

The software suite was originally created to automate management for applications running on Oracle and non-Oracle databases and middleware.

By extending management to its other applications, the company is moving close to the integration goals it promised upon acquiring PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems in the last few years.

The management pack will be ready for PeopleSoft Enterprise within 30 days; the other two will be ready in the spring of 2007.

The PeopleSoft pack will help administrators start, stop and purge cache from the console, and it can carry out configuration management tasks. The pack also offers alerts, automatic performance data collection and trending, blackout windows and templates.

Management software is one of those sweet spots for enterprises whose IT departments are stretched to the limit from too few staffers and constrained budgets.

Such software allows IT administrators to automate processes that would normally be triggered through manual labor, such as patch deployment and routine upgrades.

The market is a multi-billion-dollar vehicle, with vendors such as IBM , CA , BMC Software and HP selling applications to take care of various software environments.

Oracle's focus is primarily rooted in caring for its own software.

The company earlier this week acquired Sunopsis, which makes data-extract, load and transform (ELT)  integration software, for an undisclosed sum.

The company hopes to use the smaller company's to fuse both its own and disparate applications.

The buy comes a few weeks after Thomas Kurian, senior vice president of Oracle Server Technologies, told internetnews.com that the company would continue to make small purchases to help flesh out its broad, deep software portfolio.

Kurian said in a statement Oracle will incorporate Sunopsis' data-integration technology into the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack.