Ford Drops Oracle, Plans To Develop Own System
Ford Motor Co. has dropped its five-year-old project of shifting suppliers over to a Web-based purchasing system, powered by Oracle software, and instead has opted for adopting its earlier customized system, according to media reports.
The motor company had arrived at the decision after carefully studying and evaluating all their production and non-production procurement systems. Though the reasons for the shifting is unknown, all Ford suppliers using the Oracle-based system will shortly migrate to Ford’s proprietary Ford Supplier Network.
The project called Everest, commenced in 1999 and was being rolled out slowly since 2000. No figures were available as to the amount of investment that went into the project.
Abandonment of this project, however, is not expected to have any repercussions on Ford’s use of Oracle databases or other products.
Everest was a separate project from trading exchange Covisint, which Ford formed with other major carmakers to do business with suppliers. Covisint, which failed to catch on with suppliers, was later sold to software maker Compuware Corp.
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