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Balubaid Group of Companies (BGC) traces its roots to an automotive spare parts store opened in 1952 by the company’s founder, Omar A. Balubaid. The company has diversified interests in six industry segments—automotive, food and beverage, real estate, manufacturing, consumer finance, and trading—and is represented in cities across Saudi Arabia. Its businesses include car dealers, car rental agencies, shopping malls, restaurants, finance houses, service equipment, and factories for chemicals, plastics, and batteries. BGC also has business investments in Sudan, Egypt, and Pakistan.
After surviving the massive 2011 floods in Jeddah, BGC chose to deploy Oracle Database 11g Release 2, Enterprise Edition running on Oracle Exadata—the first such implementation in Saudi Arabia—to improve its disaster recovery capabilities. After its deployment, BGC experienced improvements in innovation and business intelligence across each industry segment. In addition, BGC used Oracle’s Exadata Database Machine X2-2 Quarter Rack to enhance its database system’s performance and reliability. For example, Balubaid’s help desk recorded 75% fewer complaints regarding performance issues. The performance improvements contributed to increased sales and better alignment with its distributed business model.
BGC considered servers from several hardware vendors, but selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine for its high performance and scalability.
An in-house team of technicians from BGC began the installation of Oracle Exadata Database Machine in March 2012 and completed the implementation on time, with minimal configuration changes, in little more than two months. Currently, 300 employees access the system.