By Matthew Southwell
Oracle is reporting an increased uptake of its 9i Application Server technology throughout the EMEA region as its worldwide customer base hits the 10,000 mark.
Oracle is reporting an increased uptake of its 9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) technology throughout the EMEA region as its worldwide customer base hits the 10,000 mark. According to the vendor, companies are deploying the solution in an attempt to reduce costs, increase revenues and enable their move towards e-business.Sergio Giacoletto, executive vice president of Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), believes that in the current period of reduced IT spending companies are looking to technologies such as Oracle9i to “unlock the untapped potential of their existing IT infrastructure” as they attempt to deliver maximum value for a proportionately lower cost.“Getting more out of what a company already has – be it assets, systems or facilities, is a key focus for all organisations today,” he says.Within the Middle East, a number of organisations have already signed up for Oracle9iAS. Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, for example, has used it to create a bilingual portal designed to deliver online public services such as the ability to issue, modify, cancel or renew trade licenses. Elsewhere in the region, Kuwait University has deployed an Oracle9iAS based portal to serve 20,000 students. Dr. Anwar Al Yatama, Kuwait University’s director, centre for information systems & assistant vice president for academic support services, explains that since the launch of the portal Internet adoption by students has grown and spurned a number of other Internet-related initiatives, including the creation of a library management system. “The idea is to provide an easy-to-use, up-to-the-minute, single source for information about the University community,” he says.