Oracle has chosen Australia as the location for its business services centre in Asia Pacific. Based in Sydney, the new centre will serve the financial and administrative needs of thirteen countries within Asia Pacific. It has been CEO Larry Ellison’s vision to reduce costs and centralize services.
Unveiled by Derek Williams, senior vice president of Oracle Asia Pacific, the Sydney centre is one of three regional repositories, along with Rocklin, California, serving the Americas, and Dublin, Ireland, serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Through consolidation of data centers, human resource and financial processes, companies can simplify maintenance, reduce labor costs and improve efficiency. In transforming to an e-business, Oracle has already reaped these benefits, as it closed its last financial quarter in four days, a process that once took three weeks. Now, by the fourth day into a new cycle, over 700 workers can get the information they need to make detailed analysis.
“Oracle’s own transformation proves that global consolidation is a tremendous productivity enhancer,” said Derek Williams, senior vice president, Oracle Asia Pacific. “The decision to establish the regional business services centre in Australia was an easy one. As one of the leading countries in the region in information technology infrastructure, Australia offers us the opportunity to tap into the labor market in the one of the fastest growing cities in Asia Pacific. In addition, the metropolitan Sydney area offers our employees access to excellent and varied technology, educational and cultural resources,” continued Williams.
Based at Oracle Australia’s North Ryde headquarters, the Asia Pacific business services centre will open officially in January 2001. The centre will employ 80 employees to service the thirteen Asian countries: India, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
“About a year ago Oracle set out to save $1billion annually by using its own internet business applications,” said Williams. “We are rapidly becoming the best example of e-business profitability.”