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Small-to-Midsize Businesses Continue to Choose Oracle® Applications over SAP


Midsize Organizations Invest in Oracle for Cost Effective, Enterprise-Level Functionality

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. 06-JUL-2006 Small-to-midsize businesses continue to select Oracle over SAP to address complex industry challenges and benefit from flexible, scalable and affordable applications. Companies such as Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., Carter & Burgess, Da Stuart Company, Haemonetics, Humanscale, Thales Corp., Town Sports International and Riverbed Technology have invested in Oracle after evaluating SAP and are finding that Oracle offers more industry-specific expertise, rapid deployment capabilities and a reduced total cost of ownership.

Oracle(R) Applications enable information-driven business processes that connect and automate an organization. Developed to deliver business insight, adaptive industry processes and a superior ownership experience, Oracle enables efficient management of all core business functions, such as customer interactions, financial management, human resources and supply chain management. Additionally, Oracle Fusion for SAP or “OFF SAP,” is driving more customers to evaluate Oracle Applications. The “OFF SAP” program offers SAP R/3 customers up to a 100% license credit to switch from SAP to Oracle applications. SAP requires customers who choose to upgrade from SAP R/3 to mySAP ERP or mySAP Business Suite to re-license and re-implement the applications, which can cost customers significant amounts of time and money.

Carter & Burgess
Carter & Burgess, which offers engineering, architectural and related services, with nearly 3,000 employees nationwide, is standardizing and streamlining its core business processes to maintain and grow its industry leadership. The company’s One Source, One FirmSM operating philosophy has led them to implement the Oracle E-Business Suite. The initial deployment focuses on shoring up travel and entertainment expense management, procurement and subcontracting - two areas prioritized by the company’s ongoing business process engineering program.

“After a careful evaluation of leading solutions, we selected the Oracle E-Business Suite over SAP as the foundation for our present and future IT initiatives,” said Carter & Burgess CIO Brad Wright. “The Oracle solution gives our management team a better window into day-to-day operations and allows for more consistent, flexible controls across business units.”

Town Sports International
Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. is the third largest fitness club operator in the United States. Town Sports is known for its refined club formats that allow it to cost-effectively construct and operate several fitness clubs at one time. With 142 locations and over 400,000 members, Town Sports is extremely busy with business logistics. Town Sports selected Oracle applications over SAP to integrate operations throughout the entire club system.

“Oracle understood our needs as a company and demonstrated how their system could meet our current requirements and offer built-in business process support right out of the box,” said Peggy Houren, vice president controller of Town Sports. “Oracle’s standards-based, open architecture will help us make it cost effective and easy to integrate our current IT systems, yet enable us to expand and improve the performance of individual areas of our business, and we expect to do so at a lower total cost of ownership.”

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