The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is a system of 17 colleges across United Arab Emirates (UAE). HCT is the largest public, higher-education institution in the UAE, with a full-time enrollment of about 18,000 students, and 2,000 staff. HCT prides itself in providing students with a technologically sophisticated, e-learning environment that encourages development of independent and life-long learning skills.
Following an eight-month research and selection process, HCT selected Oracle as the market solution provider capable of migrating all of HCT’s mission-critical databases into a single environment that delivered consistent performance for its development, functional ERP, scheduling, business analytics, and institutional research teams with consistent performance.
“HCT has trusted Oracle with the management of its data since we implemented an early version of Oracle Database. That said, deploying Oracle Exadata presented a unique turnkey opportunity for us. We’ve seen a gratifying immediate return on investment by deploying an extreme performance environment that fully utilizes our resources and has drastically improved performance across all our mission- critical applications,” said Sanjeev Ananth, chief technology officer, Higher Colleges of Technology.
HCT worked with Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services to implement and configure its Oracle Exadata platform in just one month, enabling HCT to test for three months before going live. Much of the testing revolved around gaining a complete understanding of Oracle Linux within a heterogeneous environment that supported tight integration with HCT’s existing ERP, scheduling, and learning management systems from Ellucian Banner, Scientia Syllabus Plus, and Blackboard LMS. Since going live, HCT has also successfully installed several routine patches to its new database and storage systems. One of the attractive qualities of Oracle Exadata for HCT was its promised aptitude for seamless migrations of complex data environments, on which it has delivered. HCT has also received backup and recovery, configuration, performance and security assessments from Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services.