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Tue 22 May 2007 11:49 AM

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Oracle and Satyam hook up for Bahraini contract

Enterprise software vendor and IT services ally Satyam pair up to bolster BMMI's supply chain management and logistics proposition.

Oracle has strengthened its resolve in the Middle East by becoming a technology partner for Bahrain Maritime and Mercantile International (BMMI), a logistics and supply chain outfit with annual sales of US$200m.

Oracle will work with IT services partner Satyam Computers to deliver its E-Business suite in a deal worth US$540,000.

BMMI claims the software will strengthen its position in the third party logistics arena by enabling improved supply chain management planning and end-to-end execution.

The solutions will give Bahrain-listed BMMI full visibility, management and reporting capability on the performance of each supply chain movement, allowing the company to reduce costs relating to waste and other inefficiencies.

"As our business grows, our focus is on enterprise application with a strong reliable database, and an application server to provide performance for our regional and global presence in countries like Djibouti, Qatar and Kuwait," explained Mike Kruger, CIO at 600-strong BMMI.

He added: "Not only did Oracle provide us with a state-of-the-art ERP platform, it consolidated seven Oracle database instances and integrated many legacy systems."

Oracle's E-Business suite 2003 Professional User edition includes a number of applications aimed at processes such as warehouse management, mobile supply chain application, self service human resources and inventory optimisation.

Arun Khehar, VP retail, private and manufacturing at Oracle MEA, said BMMI's demands were vast as the company boasts extensive warehouse operations across the Gulf while its third party logistics units oversee a large number of food and beverage transactions.

"BMMI had been operating on supply chain and logistics systems that were installed when the business was much smaller," he explained. "They therefore needed a warehouse management system that would enhance growth and performance. A good management system was crucial to the company's future growth and performance. This is where Oracle's WMS came into play."

In addition to the deal with BMMI, Oracle Middle East recently landed a contract with the Central Bank of Egypt. The vendor is providing its E-Business suite HR management system to map the bank's HR base and give it a comprehensive view of skills and growth opportunities. The solution supports both Arabic and English, giving the bank greater flexibility.

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