Philippine Airlines switches to Rimini Street for Oracle solutions support

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the flagship carrier of the Philippines, has switched to Rimini Street Support for its Oracle E-Business Suite, Fusion Middleware and Database software portfolio.

The airline made a strategic decision to move to Rimini Street to help it address the challenges faced by the commercial aviation sector as a result of the global pandemic. By turning over complete support of its Oracle footprint, the airline was able to accelerate key digital innovation projects that support the growth of its business including modernising its cargo system, integrating its mobile and remote capabilities for more efficiencies and launching its passenger analytics for improving its Know Your Customer programme.

“We needed a partner to help us optimise our resources – including time, money and IT personnel – and drive collaboration and efficiency across the company in a more cost-effective manner. Rimini Street was that proven partner of choice. The company’s responsive, high-quality support as well as the significant support cost savings we realized, enabled us to focus our efforts and resources on our business transformation efforts,” said Wilson Go, chief information officer at Philippine Airlines.

Navigating the Pandemic

Founded in 1941, PAL is Southeast Asia’s oldest and longest-serving airline, linking 31 domestic and 54 international destinations around the globe. With reduced air travel demand, the impact of the pandemic highlighted the critical role of technology in strengthening its internal capabilities, improving processes for cost-efficiency and implementing strategic projects that deliver value to the business that enable competitive advantage and growth.

One of the initiatives embarked on to navigate the pandemic induced crisis was to streamline its portfolio of applications to better optimise its technology investments. This prompted the exploration of third-party support which led the company to Rimini Street for a comprehensive support solution for its mission-critical Oracle software portfolio, which is used for the airline’s finance and administration, procurement and human resources functions.

Philippine Airlines’ focus is to emerge stronger than before and achieve its goal of becoming a more customer-centric airline. By optimising technology investments, including its Oracle software, the airline was able to pivot the business quickly and channel its liberated resources towards more innovative transformation projects and technology investments that deliver value to the business such as IT modernisation and business intelligence initiatives.

Personalised Support

As with all Rimini Street clients, Philippine Airlines is assigned a primary support engineer with an average of 20 years’ experience in the client’s enterprise software and backed by a team of functional and technical engineers. Clients also benefit from Rimini Street’s award-winning service level agreements of 10-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases and 15-minute response times for Priority 2 issues.

“The collaborative and round-the-clock global and local support we receive from Rimini Street has enabled our internal teams to address issues faster and more efficiently, thus improving the overall experience for both our employees and customers,” continued Go.

“Rimini Street’s client-focused, expert-led support services enable organisations to extract the most value from enterprise software and applications to optimize processes, drive cost efficiencies and help achieve business growth. By leveraging Rimini Street’s unified software support for its Oracle system, PAL was able to reallocate its resources and liberate its IT teams to focus on more strategic initiatives that can help their business navigate the current economic environment,” said Andrew Seow, Group Vice President and Regional General Manager, Southeast Asia and Greater China, Rimini Street.

“PAL joins more than 4,200 organizations worldwide that have switched to Rimini Street to harness support savings that can be channeled into business innovation.”

Venkatesh Ganesh

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