Ford Motor is canning a 4-year-old Oracle procurement system and switching back to the mainframe applications that the newer technology was designed to replace.
Ford has invested unspecified millions of dollars in the Everest system, but has decided to shut down the project and return to what it calls “ the proven, current system". The Everest system was built around Oracle's 11i application suite and was used for everything from creating purchase orders to sending pricing quotes between companies. The installation of Everest had been slated for completion in 2003.
Everest began in 2000, but the old mainframe system had been run in tandem with the new development in case of problems. The automotive giant plans to migrate some features from Everest to its mainframe system, using in-house developers. Everest will be phased out over a period of "many months."
Oracle said it continues to work with Ford. "Oracle continues to support Ford on its back-to-basics strategic initiatives and IT projects," it said in a prepared statement. "Given our desire to honor a nondisclosure agreement in effect, it would be inappropriate for Oracle to comment on any specifics."