Danish Government Consolidates Public Procurement on Oracle Exchange Portal

Oracle(R) Exchange Provides the IT Backbone of One of the World's First Public

Procurement Portals, Establishes itself as Dominant Public Sector

Exchange in Europe



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Oracle Corporation

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ --
 (http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?668290)  Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the
 largest provider of software for e-business, today announced that within the
 next few months, 10,000 users in the Danish public sector are scheduled to buy
 everything from paper clips to cars and computers via Denmark's public
 procurement portal.  The portal, the first of its kind in the world, will be
 based on Oracle Exchange, the electronic marketplace offering from Oracle.
     "We expect the public procurement portal to generate a revenue of DKK nine
 billion (USD $1.1 billion) within the first 18 months of operation," says
 Steen Gede, CEO of gatetrade.net.  gatetrade.net has developed the public
 procurement portal for the Danish Government.
     Last year the Danish Ministry of Information Technology and Research
 invited bidders to pitch for the project. All pitches were submitted
 anonymously, allowing the Ministry to focus on functionality, speed and price
 regardless of supplier. There were three contenders:  Kommunedata/IBM,
 NovoNordisk/Accenture, and gatetrade.net/Oracle. On 21 March 2001 the Ministry
 announced that gatetrade.net had won the contract to build the Danish public
 procurement portal. Besides speed and price, the Ministry's key selection
 criteria also included the advanced catalogue buying facilities and the value
 added services such as logistics and financial services with which
 gatetrade.net will bring the Danish public and private sectors closer in an
 e-business environment -- all based on Oracle Exchange.
     Mrs. Birthe Weiss, the Danish Minister of Information Technology and
 Research, said:  "The agreement is a fine example of a promising initiative to
 improve co-operation between the public sector and the private business
 community. It means Denmark will be a leading country in e-commerce, partly
 because the potential public sector suppliers will now be induced to make the
 switch to e-commerce."
     "In our experience, businesses that rationalise their procurement
 processes by integrating an e-business concept can save as much as 15-20 per
 cent on procurement costs -- not just on the actual buying process, but as a
 result of a more streamlined administration process," said Peter Perregaard,
 vice president and managing director, Oracle Denmark. "The Danish Government
 can surely benefit from these advantages, and in the end so can the tax
 payers."
     Juan Rada, Senior Vice President, Oracle Industries EMEA, commenting on
 the strategic significance of the exchange, said, "We're delighted that the
 Oracle/gatetrade proposition won this 'blind tasting.' The public sector
 procurement market in Europe is some euro 700 Billion -- twice the size of the
 auto industry. Oracle long ago recognised the importance of this market and
 has quietly been establishing a strong position. Historic deals like this
 gatetrade.net win sit alongside others such as J2C in the UK as testimony to
 the strength of the Oracle offering in this hugely significant market."
     gatetrade.net is a functioning e-marketplace using Oracle Exchange
 technology and was launched in March 2001 by four of Denmark's largest
 companies, Maersk Data, Danske Bank, Post Danmark and TDC (former
 TeleDanmark). The portal is open to all companies, mainly medium-sized and
 larger. gatetrade.net expects to reach a revenue of DKK 40 billion (USD five
 billion) within a couple of years.
 
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    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ --
 (http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?668290)  Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the
 largest provider of software for e-business, today announced that within the
 next few months, 10,000 users in the Danish public sector are scheduled to buy
 everything from paper clips to cars and computers via Denmark's public
 procurement portal.  The portal, the first of its kind in the world, will be
 based on Oracle Exchange, the electronic marketplace offering from Oracle.
     "We expect the public procurement portal to generate a revenue of DKK nine
 billion (USD $1.1 billion) within the first 18 months of operation," says
 Steen Gede, CEO of gatetrade.net.  gatetrade.net has developed the public
 procurement portal for the Danish Government.
     Last year the Danish Ministry of Information Technology and Research
 invited bidders to pitch for the project. All pitches were submitted
 anonymously, allowing the Ministry to focus on functionality, speed and price
 regardless of supplier. There were three contenders:  Kommunedata/IBM,
 NovoNordisk/Accenture, and gatetrade.net/Oracle. On 21 March 2001 the Ministry
 announced that gatetrade.net had won the contract to build the Danish public
 procurement portal. Besides speed and price, the Ministry's key selection
 criteria also included the advanced catalogue buying facilities and the value
 added services such as logistics and financial services with which
 gatetrade.net will bring the Danish public and private sectors closer in an
 e-business environment -- all based on Oracle Exchange.
     Mrs. Birthe Weiss, the Danish Minister of Information Technology and
 Research, said:  "The agreement is a fine example of a promising initiative to
 improve co-operation between the public sector and the private business
 community. It means Denmark will be a leading country in e-commerce, partly
 because the potential public sector suppliers will now be induced to make the
 switch to e-commerce."
     "In our experience, businesses that rationalise their procurement
 processes by integrating an e-business concept can save as much as 15-20 per
 cent on procurement costs -- not just on the actual buying process, but as a
 result of a more streamlined administration process," said Peter Perregaard,
 vice president and managing director, Oracle Denmark. "The Danish Government
 can surely benefit from these advantages, and in the end so can the tax
 payers."
     Juan Rada, Senior Vice President, Oracle Industries EMEA, commenting on
 the strategic significance of the exchange, said, "We're delighted that the
 Oracle/gatetrade proposition won this 'blind tasting.' The public sector
 procurement market in Europe is some euro 700 Billion -- twice the size of the
 auto industry. Oracle long ago recognised the importance of this market and
 has quietly been establishing a strong position. Historic deals like this
 gatetrade.net win sit alongside others such as J2C in the UK as testimony to
 the strength of the Oracle offering in this hugely significant market."
     gatetrade.net is a functioning e-marketplace using Oracle Exchange
 technology and was launched in March 2001 by four of Denmark's largest
 companies, Maersk Data, Danske Bank, Post Danmark and TDC (former
 TeleDanmark). The portal is open to all companies, mainly medium-sized and
 larger. gatetrade.net expects to reach a revenue of DKK 40 billion (USD five
 billion) within a couple of years.
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle provides the software that powers the Internet. For more
 information, please call 650-506-7000.
 
     Trademark
     Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X16822512
 
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