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Bangalore, Dec. 12

ORACLE is placing its eggs in numerous baskets. Now, it is not only a player in middleware and databases, but also in supply chain management.

With the acquisition of G-Log, a logistics solution maker, on December 1, Oracle has entered the logistics space in India. The terms of the transaction were undisclosed.

Global Logistics Technologies Inc (G-Log) has 20-25 per cent market share of the $5-billion global logistics solutions market with its product - Global Command and Control Centre (GC3). It employs 180 people and is headquartered in the US.

"SAP and i2 Technologies will face competition from Oracle and G-Log," said Mr Rick Jewell, Senior Vice-President, Application Development, Oracle.

In India, the company is targeting automotive and hi-tech manufacturers such as computer manufacturers, electronic and telecom equipment makers. It has garnered three clients in industrial and automotive manufacturing, said Mr Jewell.

Transportation management solutions can save 5-25 per cent of expenses. "A $1-billion company will spend $100-million on transportation costs," he said. Both inbound (retail stores) and outbound (shipping companies) are in need of comprehensive logistics application solutions.

The company "will gear up a development staff" in collaboration with Satyam in Hyderabad. Its other partners include, HCL and Hexaware.

Oracle is looking for "more system integrators joining the development to leapfrog in supply chain management", said Mr Jewell.

The G-Log product is built on Oracle database and falls in with Oracle's strategy. Currently, seamless integration of GC3 with Oracle's E-business suite and Retail (Retek) are under way, said Mr Jewell.

The next release of the product, version 5.5, will be in April. It will include wireless support (RFID) and user interface configuration.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 13, 2005)
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