Avnet Offers Unified Messaging Platform with Oracle Collaboration Suite

5/8/2003 - Avnet Applied Computing, a member of the Oracle(R) Partner Network, announced it has teamed with Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) to integrate and implement hardware solutions for Oracle Collaboration Suite. Based on Avnet's expertise in telephony implementations, Oracle Collaboration Suite customers will benefit from smooth, rapid deployments of the unified messaging platform for data and voice systems.

"Oracle Collaboration Suite is going to be a real hit in the marketplace for a few reasons," said Ed Kamins, president of Avnet Applied Computing. "The ability to scale the system to meet the needs of any enterprise; the tremendously low total cost of ownership it delivers; its reliance on open standards backed by Oracle's global support, and most importantly, the way it empowers the employee from a communications standpoint. This is going to be one of those products that the customer's employees won't be able to live without once they experience it for themselves."

Avnet Applied Computing (AAC), is a $1.6 billion operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), dedicated to getting original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors and system builders to market faster, better and for less cost than their competition. As a global integrator for Oracle Collaboration Suite, Oracle customers will reap the benefits of Avnet Applied Computing's:

Avnet Applied Computing will deliver a custom-built hardware platform for the Oracle Collaboration Suite, built using Intel's standards-based communications building blocks, and based on the customer's specific network environment. All platform integrations will take place in the Avnet Integration Solution Center, a 22,000 square foot integration facility that upholds both 5-Sigma and ISO 9001:2000 standard for quality. Once complete, the platform will then be shipped and integrated on site at the customer's data center to ensure a seamless transition with existing systems.

"Developing and integrating a highly available, highly scalable hardware platform that can grow as our customers grow is essential for a unified messaging application like Oracle Collaboration Suite," said Steve Levine, vice president, Oracle Collaboration Suite marketing.

"As the experts in telephony implementations, Avnet Applied Computing brings a wealth of knowledge that our customer can leverage to ensure the deployment of Oracle Collaboration Suite is both smooth and successful."

"Having the opportunity to work on a project of this nature with a partner like Oracle is a huge win for AAC, and really for all parties involved," said Troy Blanchette, senior vice president of Avnet Applied Computing's services division, Avnet FasTrac Services. "Oracle delivers the superior software and sales support, AAC contributes world-class technical, logistics and support expertise, and thecustomer receives the best possible complete solution for its messaging needs, which is the ultimate goal in the first place. Avnet Applied Computing is pleased to be a part of such a promising relationship."

About Oracle Collaboration Suite
Recently launched as Oracle's newest line of business, Oracle Collaboration Suite is a fully integrated product that simplifies access to and management of all collaboration, including e-mail, voice mail, calendar, documents, data and faxes. Built on Oracle's Unbreakable software technology, the suite enables companies to simplify communications and consolidate all information to increaseuser productivity and reduce hardware, software and administration costs.

About Avnet Applied Computing
Avnet Applied Computing focuses on the unique requirements of computing OEMs, independent software vendors and system builders looking to get embedded systems or white box solutions to market quickly. AAC offers a wide array of services including engineering assistance, integration and support services, supply-chain management, financing, and physical distribution of end products.

AAC markets off-the-shelf components such as CPUs, mass storage, displays, embedded computing boards, commercial motherboards, memory modules, networking, mobile/wireless computing, point-of-sale and software products. AAC, a $1.68 billion operating group in fiscal year 2002, has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Its Web site is located at http://www.aac.avnet.com/.

About Avnet
Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. is one of the world's largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies, with fiscal year 2002 sales of $8.9 billion (year ended June 28, 2002). The company distributes semiconductors, interconnect, passive and electromechanical components, embedded systems and computer products from leading manufacturers. Serving customers in 63 countries, Avnet also delivers value-added and professional services such as inventory management, supply-chain services, bill-of-material analysis, systems integration and engineering design assistance. Its Web site is located at www.avnet.com.

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