Oracle Corp. announced the immediate availability of new portal enhancements for Oracle9i Application Server, designed to capture and integrate data from multiple data sources including Web Services, spreadsheets and Web sites. These features, OmniPortlet and Web Clipping, shift the customization and integration of portal development from IT departments to end-users, allowing non-technical users to customize portal content and integrate data via self-service interfaces. The OmniPortlet functionality allows business users to access Web services, XML, and spreadsheet data sources and publish them in various formats including reports, forms, charts and news, in the form of a portlet. The Web Clipping feature offers a way to capture content and functionality from existing internal Web sites and present them as portlets. The OmniPortlet and Web Clipping features are included in the Oracle9i Application Server Portal Developer Kit, which is available for immediate download free of charge from OTN. The features will also ship with Oracle9i Application Server Release 2, version 9.0.4, scheduled to be released in the first half of 2003. www.oracle.com

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