Organizations Around the World Invest in Oracle Instead of SAP

Oracle's Standards-Based Strategy and Industry Leading Capabilities Empower Customers to Meet Unique Business Goals

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    -- Companies are gaining the flexibility and integration that enables them
       to adapt to changing business conditions at a faster speed and lower
       cost by choosing Oracle(R) Applications, Oracle's Enterprise
       Performance Management (EPM) System, and Oracle Business Intelligence
       Suite Enterprise Edition Plus (OBIEE Plus) over SAP, Oracle announced
       today.
    -- Customer momentum for Oracle Applications, Business Intelligence, and
       EPM System software is growing as organizations such as Ayala, Beijing
       Pharmaceutical Group, Brightstar Corp., China Bohai Bank, China
       National Postal and Telecommunications Appliances Corporation, Core
       Laboratories, Deutsche Bahn, Groupe Vedior, Hindustan Copper Limited,
       Luigi Lavazza, Metrorex, National Express, NATCO Group Inc., Network
       Hardware Resale, Old Mutual, Praxair, Inc., Rodenstock GmbH, Shenzhen
       Development Bank, Specialty Care Services Group, The RoomPlace at
       Harlem Furniture, United States Department of Defense, UT Southwestern
       Medical Center, and WireCo WorldGroup, have invested in Oracle instead
       of SAP.
    -- "Globalization is driving executives to focus on efficient innovation,
       rapid new product introduction, and better customer management.  To
       meet these challenges, they require solutions that quickly adapt to
       changing market conditions," said Oracle Senior Vice President,
       Applications Development, Ed Abbo.  "Oracle Applications are built on
       Oracle's standards-based Oracle Fusion Middleware and leverage a
       service-oriented architecture to provide the flexibility that companies
       need to successfully compete.  In today's global environment -- which
       requires rapid change -- the native flexibility within Oracle
       Applications compared to SAP's inherent rigidity, creates a unique
       selling advantage for us over SAP."


    Bucharest Metro Operator Selects Oracle Applications Over SAP
    -- Metrorex is the operator of the Bucharest Metro in Romania. As
       passenger numbers continue to grow and the demand for new, high-
       capacity metro lines is on the rise, Metrorex wanted to rely on
       software applications that would support the company's business
       evolution. Metrorex considered both Oracle and SAP but needed to invest
       in applications that were rapidly scalable and flexible, making Oracle
       the clear choice.
    -- "Our decision to purchase Oracle instead of SAP was fueled by our need
       for applications that are adaptable. Only a standard-based architecture
       can provide that, making our decision to purchase Oracle much easier,"
       said Metrorex Director, Mariana Petre.  "The rich functionality within
       the Oracle E-Business Suite and the integrated applications will be
       highly supportive of our future growth and enable us to continue to
       build safe, reliable transportation for the community of Bucharest."

Core Laboratories Selects Oracle's Enterprise Performance Management System Instead of SAP to Support Planning and Financial Reporting

    -- Based in the Netherlands, Core Laboratories is one of the leading
       providers of proprietary and patented reservoir description, production
       enhancement and reservoir management products and services to the oil
       and gas industry.  Core Laboratories has over 70 offices in more than
       50 countries and have been helping clients improve reservoir
       performance and increase oil and gas recovery for more than 70 years.
       After evaluating Oracle and SAP, Core Laboratories selected Oracle's
       EPM System to support its high-growth international business, and is
       currently using the Oracle E-Business Suite in more than 45 entities in
       24 countries.
    -- "Oracle's EPM System will allow us to support the entire financial
       management cycle of goal-setting, modeling, planning, monitoring,
       analysis, and reporting -- helping us to make better decisions and
       drive better results," said Chris Hill, Corporate Controller --
       Financial Reporting, Core Laboratories.


    NATCO Group Inc. Selects Oracle Instead of SAP to Support Growth
    -- Based in Houston, Texas, NATCO Group Inc. is a leading provider of
       wellhead process equipment, systems and services used in the production
       of oil and gas. NATCO has designed, manufactured and marketed
       production equipment and services for more than 80 years. The company's
       production equipment is used onshore and offshore in most major oil and
       gas producing regions of the world.  After evaluating Oracle and SAP,
       NATCO selected the Oracle E-Business Suite to support its high-growth
       business.
    -- "It was vital for us to invest in the right enterprise applications
       that would provide immediate benefits today, as well as support our
       future roadmap," said NATCO Group Inc. Chief Financial Officer, Brad
       Farnsworth.  "We selected Oracle based on the following factors:
       scalability, flexibility, speed to implement, total cost of ownership
       and cultural fit.  After considering several vendors, Oracle stood out
       as the clear solution of choice for NATCO."


    Integration Capabilities Drive Furniture Retailer's Investment Decision
    -- The RoomPlace at Harlem Furniture has offered a one-of-a-kind shopping
       experience and unique service, selection and value successfully since
       1912. The RoomPlace allows customers to experience a total-room concept
       with completely furnished, coordinated rooms created by the company's
       team of experienced designers. As a result, customers are able to
       select the perfect design that meets their individual tastes and needs.
       The RoomPlace currently operates 19 stores in Chicago and a
       distribution center in Woodridge, Illinois. The company selected the
       Oracle E-Business Suite to streamline business operations and further
       enhance the shopping experience for customers.
    -- "Oracle will help us create an integrated technology system that gives
       us greater insight into business processes across our organization,"
       said The RoomPlace at Harlem Furniture Chief Information Officer,
       Michelle Pacynski. "With Oracle Applications, we anticipate being able
       to easily adapt to changes in our market and our customer demand."

Brightstar Turns to Oracle's Enterprise Performance Management System for Financial Reporting and Analysis

    -- Headquartered in Miami, Brightstar Corp. is a global leader in
       customized distribution and supply chain solutions for the wireless
       industry.  The company provides solutions to more than 30,000 network
       operators, MVNOs, retailers, resellers, and independent agents around
           the  world,  and  also  represents  the  world's  leading  wireless
              manufacturers.    Following  a  thorough  review  of  performance  management
              software  from  Oracle  and  SAP,  Brightstar  chose  Oracle  to  perform
              financial  consolidation,  reporting  and  analysis.
        --  "We  anticipate  that  Oracle's  Hyperion  Financial  Management  and  Hyperion
              Financial  Data  Quality  Management  will  help  us  to  automate  formerly
              manual  processes,  improve  financial  data  quality,  reduce  risk  and
              facilitate  compliance,"  said  Miguel  Fernandez,  CIO,  Brightstar  Corp.

 


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