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The Province of Groningen is the northernmost of 12 provinces in the Netherlands. With a population of 574,000 people living in 25 municipalities, the region is less-densely populated than other parts of the country. The province uses almost 80% of its land for agricultural purposes.
Oracle technology serves as the foundation for the province’s main back office, and thus it is a critical part of the organization’s infrastructure. The province uses Oracle Database Standard Edition and Oracle Database Enterprise Edition to run a number of critical functions—including financial systems, facilities management, and mapping and other geographic applications.
The organization had a goal to reduce costs across the enterprise by 25% between 2009 and 2015, and it required a detailed audit of all back office systems to determine opportunities for cost savings. As important, while streamlining and consolidating IT systems across the organization to reduce costs, the Province of Groningen needed to continue to maintain excellent services for the local population.