1/22/2003 - Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL), announced that Darden Restaurants, PaeTec Communications, Telmar Network Technology and The University of Northern Iowa have selected Oracle® E-Business Suite running on the Sun Solaris[tm] Operating Environment. Solaris is a key component of Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE), an open integratable product portfolio enabling the development and delivery of Java Web services.
All four joint customers are scheduled to present their success stories in the Sun booth (#813) at Oracle AppsWorld in San Diego. These new customers help reaffirm Sun and Oracle's commitment to deliver the best infrastructure for today's business needs. Users of Oracle E-Business Suite on Solaris reap the benefits of improved business processes, reduced expenses, and better information for making decisions.
Darden Restaurants, the world's largest casual dining restaurant company, invested in Sun servers running Oracle Financials, a component of the Oracle E-Business Suite, for a highly integrated financials solution to support growth,increase efficiency and lower costs.
"Of the UNIX® solutions we evaluated, Sun was the clear choice and Oracle was a great complement to the robust and scalable platform," said Bob Gentry, director of corporate infrastructures, Darden Restaurants. "Since working with Sun and Oracle, we have not had an instance of unplanned downtime, we expect to recover our costs in expanding the business just in the first 24 months, we have improved productivity, and we are consistently processing 6,000 checks per week."
PaeTec Communications, the only ISO 9002 certified competitive local exchange carrier in the U.S., recently consolidated Sun servers and upgraded to Oracle9i Database and Oracle Financials i to facilitate streamlined business processes and an integrated business overall.
"Having used an Oracle-on-Sun platform since our inception, we knew that Sun offered the best technology and reliable customer support at a reasonable price, while Oracle is the gold standard in software technology," said Bob Moore, vice president of Information Technology, PaeTec Communications. "In meeting our needs for scalability and affordability, Oracle and Sun have afforded us improved cost-effectiveness by 300 percent through server consolidation on a Sun Fire 12K server, reduced floor space requirements by 50 percent, and savings of about $100,000 a year."
Telmar Network Technology
After inheriting four disparate financial systems through mergers and acquisitions, Telmar Network Technology replaced its systems with a single Oracle-on-Sun financials solution.
"We entered the project not just to satisfy today's needs, but to position ourselves as an integrated company with a robust, scalable solution for the indefinite future," said Jonathan Hahn, Chief Information Officer, Telmar Network Technology. "The factor that distinguished Sun as the UNIX leader was its clear product roadmap with a single processor family and operating system. In addition to the unification of the company, Oracle Financials on Sun have contributed to productivity doubling in our warehouses, despite a 10 percent personnel reduction."
University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa migrated from a financials system with a 1970s architecture to an updated solution comprised of Oracle Financials irunning on Sun servers and storage.
"In the past, our legacy systems for financial and human resources divisions lacked the power and flexibility to convey critical information to university decision makers - the biggest single reason why we chose Oracle E-Business Suite running on Sun servers and storage," said Garry Bozylinsky, associate vice president of information technology services, University of Northern Iowa. We went with Sun for its strength in all the areas in which the old architecture was problematic - openness, reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness."
Additional materials for the press and analyst community can be found online at http://sun.com/presskits/appsworld2003.
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