Oracle launches R&D network

KARACHI, July : Oracle announced Thursday that it has formed a single research and development (R&D) network by linking its 18 development and solution centres in Asia Pacific and Japan to build, test, and showcase leading-edge technology innovations across the region.

A statement issued here said that todate, Oracle has six Oracle Asia Research and Development Centres (OARDC) in Beijing (China), Gurgaon (India), Seoul (Korea), Shenzhen (China), Singapore, and Toyko (Japan, and 12 solution centres placed strategically across the Asia Pacific region.

It said that these centres focus on developing cutting-edge solutions for the local markets in addition to contributing to global product development.

"This new collaboration will significantly enhance our Asia Pacific innovation development process and ultimately benefit our customers and partners in this region," said Kevin Walsh, chief technology officer, Oracle Asia Pacific and Japan.

"With all sides of the globe participating and contributing to technology solutions, our customers will gain access to some of the most cutting-edge IT projects in the world. Customers and partners will also be able to collaborate with Oracle's vast R&D network to apply new thinking in the way software can be used to stimulate global growth and innovation in any industry or country.", he further maintained.

The statement said that Oracle's solution centers operate as Centers of Expertise, Centers of Excellence, Competency Centers, or Partner Solution Centers and are strategically placed across the region to both represent local requirements and showcase innovative solutions from the OARDCs to the markets they are based in.

The focus of the solutions centers vary in terms of industry and market focus, with many dedicated to country-specific projects of national importance.

The Asia Pacific and Japan R&D network is also linked into the global Oracle Development Centers worldwide. Oracle recently reported an investment of US$ 2.2 billion on global research and development during its full fiscal year 2007, a 17% increase from the previous year in fiscal 2006.

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