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Dubai government implements new GRP project

Oracle and KPMG have announced that the Dubai government has successfully implemented the Oracle e-business suite, as part of its Government Resource Planning (GRP) project, a new hybrid of ERP customised for governments.

Oracle Corporation today announced that Dubai Government has successfully completed the implementation of the Oracle e-business Suite for Dubai Civil Aviation, Dubai Economic Department and The Ruler's Court. The implementation is a part of the government-wide Government Resource Planning (GRP) project based on the Oracle e-business Suite. Oracle's partner, KPMG, is managing the project implementation.

The deployment of the business suite intends to give a consolidated view of all budgeting, financial, purchasing and human resources information while maintaining security and information access for each department.

"We are looking forward to seeing the rest of the Dubai Government departments live and running successfully. Oracle is proud to be at the heart of this impressive project and is certainly determined to help Dubai set itself as a model egovernment," says Husam Dajani, Oracle's vice president for the Middle East.

The project represents a key component of the egovernment initiative announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and the UAE's Defense Minister. Post-implementation, the GRP system is expected to enable efficient planning and management for government resources and cover the finance, budgeting, procurement and human resources departments.
It will be deployed in the 25 Dubai Government departments on an Application Service Provisioning (ASP) model on the Dubai government's intranet.

The GRP system is built on Oracle's flagship 9i Database and application server clusters, internet directory, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Portal. Modules selected for the project include; financials, contracts, project costing, treasury, inventory, purchasing, internet procurement, HR and payroll.

"The Oracle e-business suite has been successfully implemented at the first three governmental departments. We have a clear mandate to set Dubai Government as a model egovernment to enable and streamline electronic services to our constituents, external customers and automating the internal processes for employees and internal customers," says Thani Alzaffin, director, government information resources department at H. H. Ruler's Court.

"The GRP project is unique and has key ingredients to build a service-oriented government; government sponsorship, mature technology and consulting know how are critical factors. It has already started to show benefits to various departments which are already experiencing improvements in their daily productivity and managing the wealth of readily accessible information," says Ashraf Husain, director-KPMG.

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