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Small and Medium Businesses Replace Microsoft with Oracle(r) Applications


REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., 05-OCT-2006 Small and medium businesses (SMB) looking to reduce business complexities, maximize resources and keep information technology (IT) costs under control are replacing Microsoft with Oracle(r) Applications, Oracle today announced. Companies including Abaris, Dynetech Services Corporation, Gathering Storm, Keller Williams Realty, Prudential Overall Supply and Soltre Technology are finding that Oracle is an overall better investment for growth and competitive advantage.

“Small and medium businesses are realizing that Microsoft Applications fall short when it comes to scalability, functionality and ease of use,” said Senior Vice President Tony Kender. “With 180,000 total global SMB customers, more and more companies are recognizing Oracle’s strengths in addressing the unique needs of the SMB market, and are turning to Oracle to deliver industry specific, cost-effective systems that are easy to install and maintain.”

Abaris Incorporated
Since 1999, Abaris Inc. has been delivering strategic management, systems, operations and technology solutions to clients around the world. Abaris was previously relying on Microsoft Great Plains to support its project costing and billing needs. However, when the company’s business began to grow, it became clear that the Microsoft Applications were not capable of delivering the scalability and functionality that Abaris needed. After a thorough evaluation, the company decided to replace its legacy Microsoft systems with the Oracle E-Business Suite.

“We believe that an IT investment should enable business expansion, not hinder it. When we realized that our Microsoft systems were not going to help drive our business evolution, we turned to Oracle,” said Abaris Senior Partner Michael Ishida. “Our decision to invest in Oracle was based on the company’s understanding of the unique needs of our small business as well as the robust project costing and account management functionality offered in the Oracle E-Business Suite.”

Prudential Overall Supply
Prudential Overall Supply offers a variety of uniform service programs, and is a supplier of facility services and industrial products. Companies rely on Prudential Overall Supply for a variety of apparel needs, from casual to executive wear. The scalability and functionality of Oracle’s applications and the significant business advantages of Oracle On Demand contributed to Prudential Overall Supply’s decision to replace its Microsoft applications with Oracle.

“Oracle offered a more complete, end-to-end solution which included the database, applications and on demand model that better supported our entire business. Compared to Microsoft’s offering, the capabilities in Oracle’s financial and procurement applications will exceed our functional requirements,” said Prudential Overall Supply Director of MIS Haskell Hughes. “We also believe that Oracle’s suite of applications will take us into the next phase of our technology deployment. In addition, the implementation of our new Route Accounting system - which is critical to our business - will utilize the Oracle Database.”

Customers looking for more information on Oracle Applications are encouraged to attend one of the 1000 events that are being held around the world as part of the Oracle Applications World Tour. These events are designed to communicate the Oracle Application strategy, product roadmaps and the “Applications Unlimited” program, Oracle’s long-term plans to provide continued enhancements to current Oracle Applications beyond the delivery of Oracle Fusion Applications in 2008. Please visit the World Tour website for more information, at

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