Abu Dhabi System and Information Committee signs agreement to bring Oracle to Abu Dhabi government

Enterprise agreement will give Abu Dhabi government access to range of Oracle applications.

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By  Brid-Aine Conway Published  August 18, 2007

The Abu Dhabi System and Information Committee (ADSIC) signed an agreement with Oracle on Thursday, to deploy Oracle's business solutions throughout the Abu Dhabi government's IT infrastructure.

Under the Enterprise License Agreement, Oracle applications including the E-Business Suite ERP solution will be licensed to all Abu Dhabi government departments. The agreement is intended to help the government to establish a "modern, efficient and citizen-centric e-Government platform", according to an ADSIC statement.

The license is a perpetual agreement, with an annual maintenance contract, and was awarded to Oracle for an undisclosed one-off payment.

No start date was given for the implementation of Oracle's software, although HE Rashed Lahej Al Mansoori, ADSIC chairman, said an implementation plan was in place and would be started "very soon".

"By virtue of this agreement, Oracle will provide Oracle applications to all Abu Dhabi Government Entities at preferential terms. ADSIC will work closely with Oracle to build the capacity and knowledge of Oracle product end-users in the Government, through providing a comprehensive training program," he said.

Husam Dajani, the senior vice president of Oracle Middle East and Africa, said that the implementation and enhancement of systems was something that would be an ongoing exercise in the government of Abu Dhabi.

"Some of the government departments are already in production now and some others will be implemented soon. Implementation will occur according to the priorities of the ADSIC. But we expect to be announcing one of the government departments going live very soon," he added.

Dajani also commented that links and communication between different local governments in the UAE, federal government and between different government departments, one of the core mandates of the ADSIC, would be improved due to the widespread use of Oracle in government organisations.

"It is the good luck of the UAE that most of the other Emirates have standardized on Oracle. We already have an agreement with the Ministry of Finance, for example, to provide Oracle systems at federal level as well," he said.

The Enterprise License Agreement signed today includes a number of modules of Oracle's E-Business suite including Oracle Financials, Stock Management, Fixed Assets Systems, Advanced Procurement, Human Resources Management System & Employee's Self-service System, Budgeting and Payroll and Database & Oracle Technology Tools.

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