Oracle Corp has run into trouble with its much-vaunted 6.0 version of Oracle for IBM mainframes, and beta testing of the new product will not now start until next month, Computer Systems News reports. The company professes itself unworried by the delays, saying that they were needed to incorporate changes that had been requested by customers – but a lot is at stake. A January survey by Computer Intelligence, La Jolla, California found that although only 1% of MVS sites had Oracle installed, 8% included Oracle in their first quarter buying plans, and if they follow through, it could move Oracle into second place behind IBM itself in the MVS database stakes. The hold-up in the MVS version follows delays in the production version of the transaction processing element and in the PL/SQL language for DEC VAXcluster users. Both should be ready this summer, Oracle says. News of the delays failed to ruffle Oracle shares, which barely changed on the week.
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