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Part of the international Beretta Group, Sako Limited is a leading hunting and sports rifle manufacturer in Europe. Sako Limited specializes in designing and manufacturing hunting and sports rifles and cartridges, and is responsible for worldwide marketing and sales. The company headquartered in Riihimäki, Finland, has affiliates in Sweden and Canada. In Finland, Sako Limited also acts as a rifle and cartridge importer and wholesaler.
Sako implemented Oracle's JD Edwards applications as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, after first using IBM’s DB2 database. After Sako went live with its JD Edwards solutions, it encountered problems with the legacy database performance and decided to replace it with Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition which proved to be much faster.
Sako is also in the process of implementing Oracle's business intelligence solutions to make internal reporting faster and more accurate. The business intelligence solutions are live, except for the Oracle Essbase project, which is still ongoing.
Sako uses Oracle Premier Support, which has responded quickly to all its implementation-related challenges, and it has provided reliable help to the company’s IT staff. Occasionally, Sako also uses My Oracle Support Community to find usage examples and other users’ opinions about new versions.
Sako Limited chose Oracle's JD Edwards ERP applications partly because it was being used by Beretta Group, which acquired Sako in 2000, and partly because the company was not able to find a better product in its own evaluation.
“We chose Oracle Database because it was the best possible database to replace our legacy IBM DB2 database, said Ari Kukkonen, IT engineer, Sako Limited. “And we chose Oracle's business intelligence solutions because we can easily integrate them with Oracle's JD Edwards applications.”
Oracle Consulting was responsible for the implementation of JD Edwards, and Oracle Partner Rittman Mead Consulting Ltd helped Sako with the implementation of Oracle’s business intelligence solutions.