Yahoo! Bolsters Portal Suite with Oracle’s Help

One day after its blockbuster purchase bid
for paid search provider Overture, Yahoo! Tuesday sought
to improve its portal productivity suite by hooking up with Oracle to use
its application server to deliver content to more people.

Redwood Shores, Calif.’s Oracle, in conjunction with real-time information
management provider Moreover Technologies, will help to bring external
content to more people who use corporate portals, intranets and extranets to
seek out information through the My Yahoo! Enterprise Edition (MYEE) suite.

Financial terms were not made public but what is known is that MYEE will be
available through the Oracle9i Application Server, which is used by more
than 16,000 organizations. This enables enterprise customers to use more
than 100 pre-built portlets with content from more than 2000 Web and news
and trade sources.

Employees may receive company and industry news, company performance and
updates. To augment this, Yahoo! will add enterprise content from more than
5,500 specialty Internet sites through its expanded agreement with Moreover.

Portal suites have been gaining in popularity as more workers flock to the
Web. Infrastructure providers, such as Oracle, IBM, BEA Systems and
countless others have been lining up to find placement for their products in
as many suites as possible to prepare for a potentially lucrative
collaboration market windfall. To be sure, other platform vendors lending
software infrastructure to Yahoo! include BEA , SAP AG
, Sun Microsystems and TIBCO Software

To wit, Yahoo said it based decision to expand MYEE in part because of
studies that show that nearly 80 percent of workers are turning to the Web
for information searches, and because corporations’ central content buying
expenditures are reaching approximately $3,500 a year per employee.

“The goal of finding relevant business information has grown increasingly
costly in both hours spent by employees and dollars spent by corporate
information professionals,” the company said in a statement. “My Yahoo!
Enterprise Edition offers a much more affordable solution that delivers
real-time business information from thousands of sources directly to
corporate portals, such as those built on the Oracle9i Application Server

MYEE includes more than 7,500 information sources spanning financial
services and banking, government, education, healthcare
pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and technology; Content integration from
scads of sources aggregated into portlets before being delivered through a
corporate portal to a worker’s desktop; and productivity tools such as
Yahoo! Mail, Calendar, and Maps.

The new My Yahoo! Enterprise Edition is available today with a demo and may
be accessed here.

Yahoo!’s announcement comes a day after it scored a major coup on the paid
search front my snapping up Overture for $1.6 billion, a deal bound to give
the company significant leverage in its battle for supremacy versus
Microsoft and Google.

Yahoo! rival MSN must now depend on
Yahoo!’s Inktomi and Overture for its core search services, while No. 1
search company Google now has a stronger opponent.

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