Oracle will release the next version of its database without its companion toolset, Sedona, after admitting the product may never ship unless rival internal teams start working together.
Internal divisions within the company mean that the Oracle 8 database will ship on 24 June without Sedona, an object oriented development environment designed to exploit the object-relational functionality of Oracle 8.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison admitted the product did not have the support of the development teams working on Oracle applications. Oracle?s existing Developer 2000 tool can be used with the database, but only to develop traditional relational applications.
Ellison said he hoped Sedona might appear next year, but warned that tension between the tools division and the applications unit may scupper the deadline. ?The application development people and the Sedona people haven?t been working together,? he said. ?They?re going to have to or maybe Sedona won?t ship ? ever.?
Ellison admitted Sedona had been put on hold because the company?s own application developers would not use the new tool. ?Sedona has been postponed indefinitely,? he said. ?We were about to ship a product to which our own applications development people were not fully engaged. We decided ? I decided ? not to release a product that does not have the full support of our application development group.?
According to an Oracle insider, Sedona was presented to the company?s applications unit to be used to rewrite the apps portfolio for Oracle 8, but the team refused to use it.
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