Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira (AT), as part of Portugual’s Ministry of Finance, collects and manages all of the country’s personal and corporate income taxes as well as customs fees. The income generated by AT represents approximately 20% of the Portuguese gross domestic product.
Since 1998, AT has made several internet-based services available to the public—including filing annual income declarations for individual taxpayers—and it has continued to expand online offerings over the years. Today, it allows companies and individuals to consult and submit online documents relating to all tax matters.
Oracle engineered systems have high availability and a better price point, perform better, and are easier to manage than competing solutions.
“For us, the decision to deploy Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata was common sense and addressed continuity, as AT already used Oracle Database and WebLogic. Oracle Exadata provides great performance, is self-tuning, and doesn’t require a typical database migration between systems. Oracle Exalogic is the only platform optimized for Oracle WebLogic servers and cloud management support. We quickly adapted the Oracle solutions to our specific needs, which enabled us to dramatically improve support for AT’s staff and taxpayers,” said Carlos Santos, coordinator, IT systems core, AT.
AT implemented Oracle engineered systems in five weeks, including time spent designing and preparing the solution. Currently, AT is migrating 200 Java applications without restricting workflow, administration processes, or service to taxpayers.
AT worked with Timestamp, an Oracle partner, which it has praised for “excellent work,” based on “strong work methods and profound technical expertise,” according to Santos. Timestamp helped AT design and implement the Oracle solution, creating several scripts to automate and enhance the new platform.
Building on a five-year partnership with Timestamp, AT is the first tax authority in Portugal to support electronic, online annual income declarations, invoices, and shipping documents.