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Oracle Europe, Middle East & Africa Reports Increased Revenues For the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2006, Over Same Period Last Year


Customers in the region endorse OracleÒ products and services over that of competitors as applications new license revenues increase by 119%

Geneva, Switzerland 21-MAR-2006 Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) today reported increased total revenues of 7%, and increased applications new license revenues of 119%, for the third consecutive quarter of fiscal 2006 for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, as compared to the same quarter last year. Increasingly, OracleÒ products and services are being selected as the strategic platform for company-wide IT systems, and as customers expand their systems to accommodate growth.
Oracle EMEA saw significant growth in demand for Oracle’s portfolio of enterprise applications and for Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware, with several organisations adopting Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) to enable increased productivity and efficiency. Better information, improved customer service and high availability were amongst the top reasons cited for selecting Oracle products. Oracle also continued to enjoy good demand in the region in key industries such as financial services, public sector, and telecommunications, and increased success in the healthcare and retail sectors.

“We have seen better growth this quarter for Oracle in EMEA,” said Sergio Giacoletto, Executive Vice President, Oracle Europe, Middle East and Africa. “In applications, our recent acquisitions give organisations the opportunity to source a complete, world-class set of customer-centric, information age applications from a single vendor.” Giacoletto added, “Additionally, Oracle Fusion Middleware is proving very popular, and I am pleased to see that companies in the region are increasingly adopting SOA technologies.”

Oracle’s portfolio of enterprise applications, which includes the Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards World and Siebel solutions, provides enterprise information that enables companies to manage their business cycles and provide intelligence in functional areas such as customer relationship management, financials, human resources, maintenance management, manufacturing, marketing, order fulfilment, product lifecycle management, procurement, projects, sales, services and supply chain planning. Customers who have selected Oracle’s enterprise applications include: Natexis Banques populaires (France), Saudi Oger (Saudi Arabia), Department of Health (South Africa), City & Country of Swansea (UK), and Vale of Glamorgan (UK).

In the retail industry, Oracle is equipping retailers with solutions that help them gain deeper insight into their operations so they can plan and manage their operations better, helping transform their economics and enabling them to deal with fiercely competitive environments that change in real time. Oracle Retail solutions have enjoyed solid uptake in EMEA across all retail sectors, especially in those handling seasonal and promotional products around hard lines, soft lines and food products. Customer wins in Q3 include: Dubai Duty Free (Dubai), Landmark Group (UAE) and Edcon (South Africa).

In EMEA, sales of Oracle’s comprehensive platform for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Oracle Fusion Middleware, have made significant contributions to revenues this quarter. In particular, many customers are investing in the key components of Identity and Access Management, and using them as the first step in the foundation for a SOA approach. Customers who selected Oracle Fusion Middleware this quarter included: National Revenue Agency (Bulgaria), T-systems (Czech Republic), France Telecom (France), EFG Poland (Greece), Norwegian Justice Sector (Norway), Skanska (Sweden), Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - jointly with European Bioinformatics Institute (UK).

Key Industry Sectors Selecting Oracle Offerings during the Third Quarter Fiscal 2006
Across the region, many organisations adopted or expanded implementations of Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Grid technologies and Oracle Applications, including the Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards Enterprise One, JD Edwards World and Oracle Retail solutions in the second quarter of fiscal 2006 across a wide range of industries. Customer examples include:

Public Services
Agrarmarkt Austria (AMA) (Austria), Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (BEV) (Austria), Magistrat mesta Ostrava (Czech Republic), National Revenue Agency (Bulgaria), Ministry of Internal Affairs (CIS), National Library of Belarus (Belarus), CWI (Netherlands), CJIB (Netherlands), The Norwegian Justice Sector (Norway), Rana commune (Norway), Estradas de Portugal (Portugal), DGRN (Portugal), Ministerio Interior (Spain), TRAGSA (Spain), Generalitat Valenciana (Spain), Interior Ministry General Directorate of Population (Turkey), TEIAS (Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (Turkey), Turkish Supreme Election Board (Turkey), City & County of Swansea (UK), Vale of Glamorgan Council (UK), Tejari (UAE).

Financial Services
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (Abu Dhabi), Group S (Belgium), VZP CR (Czech Republic), Dubai Bank (Dubai), Natexis Banques populaires (France), FIDELIA (France), Eurohypo Systems (Germany), Bank of Cyprus (Greece), Bank of Piraeus (Greece), EFG Poland (Greece), BCP (Portugal), Arab National Bank (Saudi Arabia), Standard Bank of SA Ltd (South Africa), Old Mutual (South Africa), Santa Lucia (Spain).

Universiatir Ziekenhuis Leuven (Belgium), Hospital St.-Augustinus (GVA Group) (Belgium), Biomerieux (France), Akershus universitetssykehus (Norway), Department of Health (South Africa), Department of Health - Gauteng (South Africa), Eczacibasi - Baxter (Turkey), Shire Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd (UK), Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - jointly with European Bioinformatics Institute (UK).

T-Systems Czech (Czech Republic), Telecom Egypt (Egypt), Nokia Networks (Finland), France Telecom France SA (France), OTE (Greece), Cosmote (Greece), Saudi Oger (Saudi Arabia), (Spain), Turkish Telecom (Turkey).

Inter Primo (Denmark), Flügger (Denmark), VTT (Finland), Bravilor Bonamat Household (Netherlands).

Dubai Duty Free (Dubai), Edcon (South Africa), LandMark Group (UAE).

Travel and Transportation
Czech Airlines, Höegh Autoliners AS (Norway), Seur Geopost (Spain) Emirates Airline (Dubai UAE)

Other Industries
Food & Drink: LU Biscuits (Benelux), Bella Bulgaria (Bulgaria), Angulas Aguinaga (Spain); Chemicals: Orgachim (Bulgaria), Uralkaly (CIS); Energy and Utilities: Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia); Construction and Engineering: Saudi Binladen Group (Saudi Arabia), Skanska (Sweden), Alfred McAlpine (UK); Professional Services: Bureau VERITAS (France), Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (Portugal); Education: Al Balqa University (Jordan); Consumer: Forum Filatélico (Spain); Communications: Reed Elsevier (UK).

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