Broadband service firm Winstar Communications and E-business software producer Oracle Corp. have struck a strategic partnership that is part of an overall plan to “make E-business software broadly available to companies of all sizes,” says Oracle CEO Lawrence J. Ellison. The agreement puts Winstar in service as one of Oracle’s first authorized applications providers, hosting the firm’s database and financial, customer-relationship-management, human resources and other corporate applications.

The companies are already pursuing joint sales and marketing opportunities, including a push within the dot-com, hospitality, higher education and government markets. Small and medium-sized businesses, for which Winstar has national sales, service and marketing capabilities, are also in the partnership’s sights.

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