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Jordan University of Science and Technology deploys Oracle collaboration suite

Oracle Corporation, the world's largest enterprise software company, today announced that the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), an institution focused on the engineering, medical, and technology disciplines, is deploying the Oracle Collaboration Suite in order to better enable collaboration across all communication channels throughout the university's disparate departments, using a single software infrastructure.

JUST officials anticipate that the Oracle project will enable increased communication and efficiency across the academic environment at a lower total cost of ownership.

Oracle Collaboration Suite is the first enterprise-class collaboration product that leverages a relational database to offer a secure, reliable and scalable way to simplify business communications and consolidate information - reducing hardware, software and administration costs. Oracle Collaboration Suite provides users with access to integrated email, voicemail, calendaring, file sharing, search capabilities and web conferencing from popular desktop clients and a wide range of wireless devices.

JUST’s university-wide deployment of the Oracle Collaboration Suite, which includes integrated e-mail, fax, calendaring, and file sharing and management capabilities, is anticipated to reduce the school’s administrative costs considerably by decreasing downtime and cutting the total cost of technology ownership for these applications. Consolidating systems and diminishing the amount of IT support required are other ways in which JUST is likely to save money with its new Oracle environment.

In addition to its collaborative benefits, the JUST project, which includes the deployment of the Oracle9i database, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle9i Application Server, and Oracle9i Developer Suite, will result in a portal that serves as an online resource for course descriptions, class schedules and registration for JUST’s more than 49 undergraduate programs and 71 graduate programs. To increase intra-university cooperation, JUST’s administrators and faculty will use the Oracle software to manage online academic content and share ideas.

"JUST has been using the Oracle platform to develop applications for almost a decade, and during that time, we’ve found Oracle’s continuous software enhancements and regional support to be first-rate," said Yousef Torman, Computer and Information Center Director, JUST. “Our experience has demonstrated that Oracle software is equal to any end-user requirement, and offers significant benefits to our organization, including ease of deployment, reliability, and a strong affinity with the specific needs of the academic community. We anticipate a sizeable return on investment in deploying the Oracle Collaboration Suite.”

JUST’s in-house technology team will use Oracle software to develop bespoke applications that give the university’s 12,000 students and 2,000 employees access to relevant university information through highly personalized, user-friendly solutions.

“Many academic institutions in the Middle East are facing the challenges of delivering educational services more efficiently, attracting new students, and lowering operational costs. JUST’s automation and collaboration initiative will create more streamlined, accessible systems that allow more rapid flow of timely information, while becoming easier and less costly to maintain. We’re delighted that JUST is building on its existing Oracle infrastructure for the benefit of its students and staff,” noted Husam Dajani, Vice President- Oracle Middle East.

About JUST

JUST which has its roots at Yarmouk University was established on September 1,1986 as an autonomous national institute of higher learning. In consequence five faculties were detached from Yarmouk to form an integral part of the University and instruction began in September 1986.

Since its foundation the University has witnessed rapid expansion: for the number of faculties rose from the five faculties to become eleven including (52) academic departments offering (49) undergraduate programs and (71) graduate programs. The students' numbers rose from (2300) students in the year 86/87 to more than (11000) students in the academic year 2000/2001 instructed by (554) faculty members compared with (110) in the year when the University was founded. The University has become a "home from home" for students from (40) foreign and Arab countries, all of which contribute to the varied cultural life on the University.

About Oracle Collaboration Suite

Oracle Collaboration Suite is the first business collaboration product that leverages a relational database to offer a secure, reliable and scalable way to simplify business communications and consolidate information - reducing hardware, software and administration costs. Leveraging the Oracle9i Database and Oracle9i Application Server infrastructure, Oracle Collaboration Suite offers customers a suite of enterprise-class messaging and collaboration applications that enables organizations to reduce total cost of ownership while increasing user productivity. It provides users with access to integrated email, voicemail, calendaring, file sharing and search capabilities from popular desktop clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Web browsers and a wide range of wireless devices, including PDAs and cell phones. Oracle Collaboration Suite Release 2 will bring real-time collaboration to the offering with Oracle Web Conferencing. Customers may contact Oracle Direct at +971 4 3909010, or their Oracle sales representative to learn more about Oracle Collaboration Suite Release 2.

About Oracle

Oracle Corporation is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle in the Middle East, please visit our web site at www.oracle.com/me or contact Bahaa Issa on +9714 390 9000.

Amman,01August2003
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