This morning, Oracle gave its business partners a sneak peek at what it will be telling customers at its big January 31 “Applications Unlimited” announcement next week. Oracle will be using the event…which will be held in New York and at other locations across the world…to talk about five new versions of its applications that it is shipping. That includes JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.12 and World A9.1.

While EnterpriseOne 8.12 has been on the market for several months, World A9.1 has yet to be unveiled. That makes the January 31 event something of a “coming out party” for the product. To give you an idea of what Oracle will be telling World users next week, here is a slide that I managed to capture from the partner webcast.

 World A9.1 Slide from Oracle

As the slide indicates, World A9.1 will pack a host of new functions. These include improved facilities for importing and exporting data from spreadsheets, support for lean manufacturing, and web-based documentation. The new version will also integrate with web services and applications built on service-oriented architectures, including Oracle’s Fusion Applications.

If you want to know more about the new releases of World and EnterpriseOne, you can register for the webcast of the event (or any of the live events taking place at various locations) by clicking here.