Sun and Oracle increase SME focus

The Middle East operations of Sun and Oracle have announced collaboration plans to target the small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the region with pre-configured Linux servers bundled with Oracle software.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  March 24, 2004

The Middle East operations of Sun and Oracle have announced collaboration plans to target the small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the region. With the Oracle E-Business Suite Special Edition running on a Sun Linux hardware platform, the vendors made the announcement at the Oracle Partner Network Day, taking place in Dubai on 25 March. “Mid-market players in the Middle East are most concerned about the time it takes to implement back-office business solutions software and the existence of specific industry sector functionality, as well as overall cost-effectiveness when it comes to enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects,” says Pras Abey, alliance manager, Sun Microsystems Middle East and North Africa. “All three of these issues are addressed by this joint solution, including Sun hardware running the Oracle E-Business Suite Special Edition,” adds Abey. The solution is targeted at companies with 10 to 100 employees, is designed to be implemented within a 45-day period. It provides regional SMBs with the reassurance that that their IT solutions are well supported, say the vendors. The Oracle E-Business Suite Special Edition solution contains industry-specific templates for a number of verticals to cover their financial accounting, sales order management, inventory management and purchasing functions. “The mid-market is responsible for almost 40% of Oracle’s business in the region and this figure is set to increase further as demand rises for the joint Special Edition solution,” says Ayman Abouseif, marketing director, Oracle Middle East. A pre-configured version of the software on Sun’s Linux servers is currently available from more than 10 joint Sun and Oracle partners around the region.

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