Under the terms of the agreement, announced last week, Oracle will remotely manage the commercial division's new employee intranet, which will be accessed by 5,000 Co-op staff. Although Oracle is well-known as a database software company, it has only recently begun to offer IT outsourcing.
The intranet, based on Oracle's 9i application server and 9i database, has been designed to allow Co-op employees to access business applications through a single browser.
Andrew Kemp, head of IT development at the Co-op's commercial division, said, "We have over 5,000 employees that need to be able to access applications anytime, anywhere. It made sense for us to hand over this responsibility to Oracle as it knows its own software best."
Chris Ward, product marketing manager for 9i at Oracle, said, "The contract is quite clear in terms of both Oracle and Co-Op's responsibilities. There are a number of financial guarantees on cost savings and efficiency gains."