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31 December, 2013 Manama,Kingdom of Bahrain
Gulf Air and Oracle Corporation Finalize Key Technology Upgrade

In a meeting between Gulf Air’s A/CEO Mr. Maher AlMusallam of the national carrier, ORACLE Corporation Vice President Mr. Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban and Gulf Air’s Director of Information Technology Dr. Jassim Haji, all parties celebrated a landmark achievement as Gulf Air became one of the first airlines to successfully complete the Oracle E-Business suite upgrade to R12 using the national carrier’s in-house IT capabilities.

Commenting on the achievement Mr. AlMusallam said, “This is another testament to the strength of Gulf Air’s in-house IT capabilities whereby our national carrier’s internal resources were utilized to implement the Oracle E-Business suite upgrade to R12, thereby ensuring significant cost-savings for the airline. We have chosen to rely fully on our internal resources where their skills and capabilities have been self-developed to be able to carry this work. In doing so we have avoided huge cost of these external parties’ involvement and were able to successfully finish this project in shorter duration. And importantly, this upgrade is in keeping with Gulf Air’s longstanding efforts and commitment to implement only the most current information technology enhancements and remain at the forefront of IT developments.”

ORACLE Corporation Vice President Mr. Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban commented: “Oracle E-Business solutions has a longstanding relationship with Gulf Air and our work together over the years has developed into a partnership that sees Bahrain’s national carrier implement some of the most cutting edge IT solutions offered by our team.”

The Oracle E-Business suite upgrade to R12, which enables better security and access controls for the airline’s financial functions, was completed in only a few months following extensive planning, testing and implementing on the part of Gulf Air’s in-house IT team and was successfully finalized in December.

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air has consistently been at the forefront of introducing several improvements and innovations in its operations. In 2012 it became the first organization in Bahrain to introduce Private Cloud Computing in its IT operations, and later it has utilized the latest IT Technology to harness Big Data and perform Arabic Sentiment Analysis of social media about the airline.

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