Al Maha Petroleum automates gas station business

Al Maha has implemented PRAMS to manage its retail outlets and standardised on Microsoft's SQL Server 2000.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  February 26, 2003

Al Maha Petroleum has automated the front and back office operations of its gas station outlets. The Omani company has implemented Petroleum Retail Automation Management System (PRAMS) to manage its retail outlets and standardised on Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 relational database.

The solution has been customised to Al Maha’s business needs.

“The use of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 has allowed us to gather data from each of our gas stations throughout Oman and subsequently redistribute this data to the central server at Al Maha’s head office,” says Salim Al Mahrooqi, head of IT, Al Maha Petroleum.

“SQL Server 2000 has exceeded our expectations, in particular by improving our ability to access data more efficiently. It also offers us great opportunities to grow the solution as the company expands, as well as building in other functionality such as data warehousing to further maximise efficiency,” he adds.

The migration to PRAMS and SQL Server 2000 is vital to support Al Maha’s planed expansion.

“In the near future, we are planning to set up more gas stations," says Al Mahrooqi.

"By the end of 2003 we aim that Al Maha Petroleum will operate over 100 gas stations all over the sultanate. For a technology platform that is scalable and can grow with us, Microsoft was definitely the ideal choice,” he adds.

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