Canon, Oracle to develop document processing technology

Canon will offer platforms that integrate its office imaging hardware with Oracle's software and database offerings.

Canon will work with Oracle to integrate its business copiers and printers with the software giant's database and server products.

As a first step in the partnership, Canon subsidiary IT Solutions will sell a new platform that easily links products like Canon's imageRunner Advance copiers with Oracle's database, WebLogic and other offerings, the two companies said Monday. The new platform will go on sale from January in Japan and in the first half of the year in the U.S. and Europe.

Japanese companies such as Canon are traditionally strong in developing advanced hardware -- Canon also makes steppers for mass producing integrated circuits and is a leading producer of high-end cameras -- but are weaker when it comes to software. But software and databases are becoming a crucial part of the business copier and printer industry, where documents are increasingly stored and processed digitally.

Canon said the tie-up will offer business solutions that include optical character recognition for saving documents and advanced features for combining and splitting PDF files.

In the future, the company said it will work with Oracle in developing middleware for its online storage service, and the two companies will also work together to further develop and refine the Java programming language.

Canon has long used Oracle's Java as the basis for a third-party application development platform with its multifunction copiers, and the new joint development will extend that partnership, Canon spokesman Gota Fumoto said.

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