KUALA LUMPUR--Oracle Corporation Malaysia will continue to bank on the local e-business market to keep largely "on track" despite the present sluggish economy.
"IT players will continue to woo Malaysian enterprises, as we are confident of the growth of e-business adoption in the country," Oracle Malaysia's managing director William Houng-Lee told reporters after signing a partnership distributor deal with Oracle's latest value-added distributor, OED Technology Sdn Bhd.
He quoted MDC's (Multimedia Develpopment Corporation) prediction that e-business in Malaysia will be valued at US$9.4 billion (RM35.7 billion) annually by 2005, from the US$383 million (RM1.4 billion) transacted last year.
The hike, Houng-Lee said, will be driven mainly by an increase in online transactions between government and the private sector.
As such, Houng-Lee is confident that Oracle Malaysia will be able to match its parent's 70 percent market share in the Unix database market.
OED Technology meanwhile, intends to be a promoter of Oracle products after their appointment as one of only three Oracle value-added partners in Malaysia. The others are Applied Business Systems Sdn Bhd and Jardine OneSolution Sdn Bhd.
OED Technology is a subsidiary of Patimas Computers Bhd, which only concentrates on Oracle products, according to OED Technologies director and Patimas president, Cheah Jin Boon.
He added that OED has grown from having one Oracle certified IT professional last year, to five Oracle certified consultants. By early next year, the company expects to have seven Oracle certified consultants, the highest number in the country.
The education arm of OED technology in Penang has been offering Oracle's Core Technology product training program to the Northern region for the past four years. Oracle also recognized it as an Oracle-approved Education Centre.
The partnership will also see OED Technology distributing Oracle's products ranging from Oracle 9i suite of products to Oracle e-business suite solutions.
This includes database administration and database sizing services, maintenance and support of solutions, product development using Oracle database, Oracle developer tools, Oracle designer, Internet application server and Internet integration server.
Freelancer N Ismail reported from Kuala Lumpur.