Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa Announces Key Customer Wins for Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2007

12/20/2006, 4:57 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

- 35 percent increase in as reported applications new software
licence revenues -

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, December 20, 2006: Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ
GS: ORCL) today reported notable key customer wins within the Europe,
Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region during the second quarter of
fiscal year 2007. Customers are endorsing Oracle's strategy to offer
a broad portfolio of innovative, open-standards software, to enable
them to make better decisions, to become more competitive, and to
lower costs and increase performance. During the period, Oracle
reported a 35 percent increase in as reported applications revenues
in the region over the same period last year.

"We see sustained demand across our product offerings including those
from acquisitions, and are winning new customers against our
competitors," said Sergio Giacoletto, Executive Vice President,
Oracle Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Our technology products and
our applications, both horizontal and industry-specific solutions
such as retail, healthcare and manufacturing, are forming the
strategic business-critical foundation for our customers' success and
future growth."

Customer wins this quarter include large enterprise customers such as
banks and telecommunications companies who are deploying Oracle®
Database 10g, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle SOA Suite as their
strategic global architectural platform; public services where
transparency and cost-efficiency are priorities; and smaller
businesses who need affordable applications such as Oracle JD Edwards
EnterpriseOne that will grow with their businesses. Customer
solutions range from real-time high volume transaction processing
using Oracle Times Ten In-Memory Database, Schengen information
systems, RFID logistics checking systems, disaster recovery systems,
compliance, fraud prevention, complex asset management, and the
delivery of shared services. Standardisation, consolidation and
centralisation of disparate systems remain key trends.

Customers endorse Oracle products and services
As a driving force in one of the world's most dynamic
telecommunications markets, Etisalat, the UAE's leading
telecommunications provider, is maximizing human capital - one of the
company's most critical assets. To achieve this, Etisalat has
deployed the Oracle's Human Resources Management System (HRMS) to
complement the company's existing Oracle Financials, Supply Chain,
Logistics and Contracts modules of the Oracle E-Business Suite
software. "Our people are the backbone of Etisalat's strength, and
they constitute a strategic investment in the long-term growth of the
company," commented Abdul Azuiz Al Sawaleh, Chief Human Resources
Officer, "Enabling us to implement world-class Shared Services
Systems, linked with compensation schemes, training, analytics and
other human resource-linked activities, the Oracle HRMS solution
integrated with Oracle E-Business Suite will deliver speedy returns
to our HR team as well as senior management."

In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(DEFRA) is live on the first stage of their Shared Services
roll-out. "DEFRA is a sophisticated and experienced user of the
Oracle E-Business Suite," said Roger Atkinson, Chief Operating
Officer, DEFRA Shared Services Organisation. "Our latest purchase
allows us to build on our establishment of our in-house Shared
Services provider and to start delivering the benefits of
standards-based, world class business applications to organisations
both within the DEFRA family and potentially in the broader base of
the UK Government."

The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has selected Oracle Database 10g
and Oracle Fusion Middleware to streamline operations and minimise
efficiency. "In order to operate with maximum efficiency, a
financial institution at the size and focus of NBK needs to have the
best business processes in place," said Dr. Fadi Chehayeb, CIO at
NBK. "During the selection process, it became increasingly obvious
that Oracle E-Business Suite, with its comprehensive range of modules
specifically adapted for the banking industry, was difficult to

Industry Awards and Recognition in EMEA during the first half of
Fiscal Year 2007
Oracle's products, services and excellence as an IT company received
positive endorsement during the second half of fiscal 2006 in a
number of honours, and awards, for example:

* Best Business Software Company - First Place (Middle East Arab
Technology Award) - Oracle Corporation Middle East
* Company of the Year (Scottish Business in The Community) - Oracle
* Database Product of the Year 2006 (Databazovy svet ) - Oracle
Database 10g R2 Enterprise Edition
* Top 10 best places to work in 2006 (Great Place to Work®
Institute Danmark in cooperation with business weekly Berlingskes
Nyhedsmagasin) - Oracle Denmark

Key Industry Sectors Selecting Oracle Offerings during the Second
Quarter Fiscal 2007
Many organisations in EMEA adopted or expanded implementations of
Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Grid technologies
and Oracle Applications, including Oracle E-Business Suite,
PeopleSoft Enterprise, Siebel CRM, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and JD
Edwards World in the second quarter of fiscal 2007 across a wide
range of industries. Customers include:

Public Services
CIRB (Belgium); Mechanical and Electrical Department - Ministry of
Water Resources and Irrigation (Egypt); Ministry of Communication and
Information Technology - Land Registration (Egypt); Ministry of
Finance (Greece); Central Data Processing and Registration Office
(Hungary); National Development Agency (Hungary); National
Communications Authority (Hungary); City of The Hague (Netherlands);
Ministry of Finance (Poland); Correios de Portugal - state postal
service (Portugal); Ministry of European Integration (Romania);
Ministry of Internal Affairs (Russia); Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(Saudi Arabia); Turkish Navy (Turkey); Ministry of Family Youth and
Sport of Ukraine; Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Financial Services
Drei Banken EDV GmbH (Austria); ecetra Internet Services AG
(Austria); Raiffeisen International Bank Holding (Austria); Erste
Bank der österreichischen Sparkassen AG (Austria); Cetrel (Belgium);
Hrvatska postanska banka d.d. Zagreb (Croatia); Central Bank Of Egypt
- CBE (Egypt); Banque Misr (Egypt); GaVi GmbH (Germany); Bank of
Attica (Greece); BPU (Italy); Banca Intesa (Italy); Capitalia
(Italy); National Bank of Kuwait; Bank Aljazira (Saudi Arabia);
Jadwa Investment (Saudi Arabia), Pelayo (Spain); La Caixa (Spain);
National Bank of Fujairah (United Arab Emirates)

Telecom Egypt; Deutsche Telekom (Germany); Kabel Deutschland
(Germany); Lannet (Greece); OTE Hellenic Telecommunications (Greece);
ON Telecomms S.A. (Greece); KPN (Netherlands); TP SA (Poland); Dialog
(Poland); VimpelCom (Russia); Mobile Telesystems (Russia); Turkcell
(Turkey); Ukraine Mobile Communications (Ukraine); Etisalat UAE
(United Arab Emirates); Ericsson/Etisalat Misr (United Arab Emirates)

Manufacturing, Transportation, Automotive & Logistics
NMBS (Belgium); Vaisala Oyj High Tech (Finland); CMA CGM (France);
Lafarge (France); Schenker (Germany); Softlab (Germany): Mazzucchelli
1849 SPA (Italy); Rolfo SPA (Italy); Daimler Chrysler Customer
Assistance Centre NV (Netherlands); Grontmij (Netherlands); Abdul
Latif Jameel (Saudi)

Prenatal (Netherlands); Ruch SA (Poland); Consum (Spain); Teknosa

Other Industries
Education and Professional Services: Vedior (France);
Professionecasa SPA (Italy); Gabetti Property Solutions SPA (Italy);
Fundeon (Netherlands); Haagse Hogeschool (Netherlands), UTI Grup
(Romania); Utilities: CEZ Bulgaria (Bulgaria); Hrvatska
elektroprivreda d.d.(Croatia); Energa SA (Poland) Healthcare &
Pharmaceutical: Boehringer Ingelheim (Germany); Adhesie
(Netherlands); Consumer Products: Bakoma (Poland) Media and
Entertainment: De Persgroep NV (Belgium); TVP National Television
(Poland); Hospitality, Food & Drink: AC Hoteles (Spain); Nueva Rumasa


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