Oracle, Great Plains Support Public Policy Research with Software Donations

Posted: March 23, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Two leading information technology corporations have donated software, totaling a value of nearly $2 million, to The Institute of Public Policy (TIPP) to benefit the work of the Policy Analysis Center’s new Enterprise Engineering and Policy Lab. The lab will be dedicated on April 7.

The gift from Oracle Corp. renews its support for Project Pathfinder, a joint Oracle/George Mason research and development effort in the area of international business-to-business commerce, led by Thomas Gulledge, TIPP. The software, worth almost $1 million, upgrades the suite of Oracle applications in the Enterprise Engineering and Policy Lab, directed by Rainer Sommer, TIPP. The researchers are establishing a virtual laboratory to foster experiments in international business-to-business electronic commerce, with the resulting solution to be demonstrated at the World Congress on Information Technology this summer in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition, the Oracle donation will be used in the laboratory environment to support the joint academic offerings of the School of Information Technology and Engineering and TIPP.

“This gift demonstrates George Mason’s ability to add value to our research partners, while simultaneously providing students and faculty with access to the latest enterprise solutions,” says Kingsley Haynes, director of TIPP. “TIPP is honored to be the recipient of this donation, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with Oracle.”

Great Plains, Inc., a global provider of enterprise e-business solutions for the midmarket, has donated a complete suite of its eEnterprise software, worth approximately $850,000, to the lab. Great Plains also has agreed to support George Mason’s ongoing International Electronic Commerce project, which focuses on developing enterprise application integration strategies to enable midrange enterprises to participate in business-to-business e-commerce. For more information, contact Fitz Barrientos, the George Mason point of contact for the Great Plains project.

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