The South African Medical Research Council (MRC) is a science, engineering, and technology institution mandated to improve the health status and quality of life for South African citizens through excellence in medical research aimed at promoting healthcare equity and development.
As South Africa is faced with unique and major challenges that threaten the health of its citizens—such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), malaria, tuberculosis, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension—MRC must balance health priorities with the need to support cutting-edge science, research and development, healthcare research ethics and the government’s public-healthcare strategy.
“The South African Medical Research Council has successfully employed JD Edwards software for all financial requirements since 2002. Oracle’s continuous commitment to support and enhance the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne product line convinced MRC that there was no need to evaluate alternatives. The upgrade brought multiple cost and time benefits to the organization without requiring the extensive investment that usually comes with adopting new technology,” said Philip G. du Plessis, divisional manager, project and management accounting office, South African Medical Research Council.
“The South African Medical Research Council initiated a public tender for sourcing the best project partner and selected Oracle partner EOH, based on its excellent track record and client references. EOH’s extensive experience in similar projects was critical to our successful upgrade,” du Plessis said.