Car rental firm Holiday Autos has switched its entire web development platform from Oracle to Progress, citing licence and maintenance costs.
The Holiday Autos chairman likened Oracle to "a dictatorship" for its reaction to the move.
The company had already switched some web projects from an Oracle legacy environment to Progress, but continued to develop a centralised client server reservation system, Voyager, on Oracle.
But delays to Voyager and finally the bankruptcy of a German software development company that was handling the project, forced a review that led to the switch.
"Either we had to significantly increase our licence capability and bring in Oracle toolsets for development plus developer experience if we were to continue with Oracle, or look at other alternatives," said Alan Herbage, group IT director at Holiday Autos.
"The decision was to close down the project as it stood and move everything in-house using our web environment as a model for future development."
The project, renamed Voyager II, will now be browser based with everything going through a web server, using the Progress OpenEdge e-business development and deployment platform. This consists of Progress Webspeed, 4GL, SoniqMQ and the Progress database.
The first phase will go live later this month. Herbage said costs have been lowered by £75,000, with maintenance fees reduced by between 8 and 10 per cent.
"The Oracle systems required two full-time database administrators and constant tuning. The Progress database requires none and is self-tuning," he said.
Holiday Autos chairman Clive Jacobs likened Oracle to "a dictatorship" after the software company tried to go over his head about the decision.
"If Oracle had its way, they would be the only company selling database software. None of us want to live in a dictatorship," said Jacobs.
Despite the cost savings, users are unlikely to start moving away from Oracle, according to Laurent Lachal, senior analyst at Ovum.
"I certainly have not heard of any major migration from Oracle to Progress and don't expect any to happen," he said.
Oracle was unavailable for comment.
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