Established in 2005, Aldar Properties is one of the United Arab Emirates’ leading real estate development, management, and investment companies. It leads multibillion-dollar civic projects that are helping to develop Abu Dhabi into an international business hub and tourist destination. One of the ways in which the company achieves its goals is to ensure that all of its businesses and departments―including finance, human resources (HR), and operations―benefit from fully integrated, consolidated, and automated budgeting and reporting processes. This approach makes information from multiple sources available on a single platform, driving efficiencies across the whole business, thanks to accurate, standardized financial reporting and planning.
Aldar began implementing Oracle E-Business Suite in 2006, and since then it has implemented Oracle E-Business Suite on a single instance across all of its nine, diverse companies—businesses that range from property development, academies, golf, marinas, hotels and hospitality, to theme parks, property management, and facilities management. It has subsequently developed its enterprise data warehouse using Oracle Business Intelligence Applications. It is deploying analytical reporting and ad hoc analysis through Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition, and Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite and is resolving data integration challenges with Oracle Data Integrator as a single technology solution to be used for integrating all data sources. It has also added integrated, business-driver-based budgeting and planning processes across the group’s businesses through Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Essbase, which are integrated with Oracle E-Business Suite and Enterprise Data Warehouse through Oracle Data Integrator.
Oracle was Aldar’s preferred choice, based on the strength of its technology and application footprint.
“Oracle is able to integrate business intelligence applications, data warehousing and financial planning tools with a robust ERP suite that is appropriate for all levels of operations and each managerial user across a very large real estate management group. Oracle’s integrated solutions suit the needs of our diverse group of businesses better than any competing products. Every regional business in this sector chooses Oracle,” said Samir Mayani, acting head of information technology, Aldar Properties.
“We enjoy working with Oracle and have received tremendous support and assistance ever since system acquisition, for what was quite an extensive implementation,” Mayani said. “Oracle was very supportive and ensured that we always had the right composition of skills across the project team. This blend of project ownership for our own business and skilled support from Oracle, has built confidence into our decision-making. We now have clear direction for an architecture and solution design that is flexible today and scalable for the future.”
Aldar Properties worked with Oracle Platinum Partner Zensar Technologies, an implementation expert with a broad range of Oracle technology specialization.
“Zensar provided us with top management commitment and the right levels of involvement, flexibility, competency, and technical skills at the right time,” Mayani said. “The scope, scale, and complexity of this project were a test for us, but Zensar ensured the right composition of team members, and a high level of expertise in Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition, as well as Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, Oracle Data Integrator, Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle E-Business Suite. "With Zensar’s help and Oracle’s products, which provide a single source of information, we are more efficient. This deployment has given us shorter business-cycle times and greater control over the business."