Niger is a developing country with one of the lowest rankings in the United Nations’ Human Development Index. The landlocked West African country’s agricultural economy, which is regularly threatened by periodic drought and desertification, is based largely upon internal markets, subsistence agriculture, and the export of raw agriculture commodities to neighboring states. Niger’s agricultural and livestock sectors are the mainstay of more than 80% of the country’s population.
To deal with food crises resulting from poor harvests, Niger imports sometimes more than half of its food needs. In order to take efficient measures against food insecurity, the Republic of Niger’s democratically elected government established Banque Agricole du Niger (BAGRI), which initiated operations in February 2011 with the goal of financing agricultural projects for small and medium-sized farmers in the country.
From the outset, BAGRI wanted to adopt an IT system that matches the scale of its ambitions, and sought an integrated solution to support an agro-pastoral funding system for the country’s small farmers and help the emergence of micro-financed agro businesses, such as providers of seeds, tools, irrigation systems, maintenance, food distribution, and many more.
After a public bid and thorough analyses of competing systems and technologies, BAGRI selected and deployed Oracle’s Sun servers and storage in combination with Oracle Database 11g. This enables BAGRI to maintain a low total cost of ownership from the beginning, keep storage costs at the lowest possible level, and achieve superior performance and energy efficiency in an accelerated deployment with documented best practices.
Banque Agricole du Niger, after public bid and thorough analysis of HP systems and technologies, decided together with Oracle partner EU Technology S.A. to deploy Oracle products.
“We chose Oracle over its competitors because Oracle hardware offers better performance and reliability to run the banking platform employed by Banque Agricole du Niger.” – Maman Moutari Moutari, IT Manager, Banque Agricole du Niger
“Oracle has combined performance and ease of integration between its server products, storage products, and Oracle Database that allow for an optimized exploitation of these applications in very demanding IT environments.” – Frédéric Rouvier, Chief Executive Officer, EU Technology S.A.
Banque Agricole du Niger, working with Oracle Premier Support for Systems and EU Technology S.A., performed the Oracle deployment between April and June 2011. Oracle Premier Support for Systems installed StorageTek SL500 and Sun ZFS Storage 7320, configured Sun ZFS Storage 7320 according to an environment impact statement checklist, upgraded the firmware, created the logical unit numbers and shares, and tested all components. Oracle Partner EU Technology S.A. installed the rack, the chassis, Sun Blade X6270 M2, the switches in the rack, and Oracle Solaris Cluster.
EU Technology S.A.—an Oracle Platinum partner specialized in implementing Oracle’s Sun technology for seven years across a variety of industries—implemented the solution together with Capital Banking Solutions S.A. in just four months, as requested by BAGRI.
“Throughout the project, EU Technology has demonstrated professionalism, reactivity, and technical expertise that guaranteed our successful deployment.” – Maman Moutari Moutari, IT Manager, Banque Agricole du Niger