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Founded in the Triângulo Mineiro (Mineiro Triangle) in the city of Uberlândia 17 years ago, ValeCard offers benefit and fleet management services through electronic payment methods with extensive operations throughout Brazil. The company is a central part of Cephas Group —formed by DentalShow (a dental plan) and BlockAuto (a vehicle tracking startup). The electronic card company’s rapid expansion has made it into one of the largest companies of its kind in the country.
Over the last two years, ValeCard has grown by 40% each year in revenue and transaction volume. Having reached one million active cards in Brazil, ValeCard decided to update its IT environment with the best product on the market and therefore chose to adopt Oracle Exadata Database Machine. With this solution, the company gained the ability to ensure redundancy, transaction protocols, and excellent performance— achieving a 10- to 15-fold processing improvement and total availability, thus enabling its customers to conduct transactions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“Given our rate of growth, we needed to update our IT environment with the best product the market had to offer,” said José Geraldo Ortigosa, operations director, ValeCard. “We researched several different brands, and Oracle Exadata Database Machine proved to be an excellent choice, as it offers redundancy, cutting-edge technology, transaction protocols and excellent performance. In addition, it has no compatibility problems with other hardware and software brands.”
The implementation of Oracle Exadata Database Machine took less than four months to complete. The team counted on Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services at all times. Carried out in stages, the implementation involved the migration of all of the company’s databases to Oracle Exadata—taking two weeks for each migration. “We could not afford to take risks. We did all of the planning with Oracle’s team, combining the supplier’s expertise with our business knowledge, so that everything went perfectly,” Ortigosa said.
“Ação Informática was a very important part of this process, as it had worked with us, side-by-side, as a member of the same team, always aiming to achieve perfect conditions, so the Project could be concluded on time, within cost and scope,” said José Geraldo Ortigosa, director of operations, ValeCard.