In detailing its open systems strategy at CeBIT, Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG made public an OEM agreement with Oracle Corp, signed in November. Marketing director Eberhard Reichert claims that the deal cost tens of millions of dollars, but Siemens Nixdorf will now provide Oracle’s database management system on all its computers, and it expects to garner a great deal of additional business, especially in the international arena. The company says that it will not abandon its other database suppliers – which includes Informix Software Inc – but it does acknowledge that Oracle could become its mainstay product in the next five to 10 years. Siemens Nixdorf says that its new line of systems, due to ship in September, 1993, will integrate the inherited Nixdorf architectures, which should enable the company to cut back on development overheads.
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