ICL Plc says it is to invest 16m pounds on Oracle Applications for its internal use, in order to improve its internal efficiencies and streamline procedures ahead of its planned flotation in the year 2000, it says. The early implementations will take place in ICL’s central Europe and Services divisions, and will eventually be expanded to give 2,000 staff access to the system. Oracle Applications, including Financials, Project Accounting and Logistics, have been made the standard core business packages at ICL, and will be run on NT-based servers using the Oracle database. ICL will also be taking Oracle Corp’s OLAP online analytical processing suite. The deal includes $8m in revenues for Oracle Corp. Meanwhile, ICL is also building its consultancy skills for selling Oracle Applications to its own customers, and is training another 100 applications consultants. It plans to use its own set-up as a reference site.