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The Bridges Division is recognized as the first public-sector organization in Bangladesh to embrace cloud software.

It is employing Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud Service, a module of the Oracle ERP Cloud suite for planning and managing the Padma Bridge project.

The Padma Bridge is a multipurpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River to be constructed in Bangladesh. When completed it will be the largest bridge in Bangladesh and the first fixed river crossing for road traffic. It will connect Louhajong, Munshiganj to Shariatpur and Madaripur, linking the south-west of the country, to northern and eastern regions.

“With each project there are thousands of items to track. If we don’t have the absolute-best management system, it becomes extremely difficult for us to manage those projects, and we become totally dependent on the contractors or consultants. So, for us, an efficient software management system is a must in the modern world,” explains Khandker Anwarul Islam, senior secretary of the ministry’s Bridges Division.

Oracle Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Cloud Service offers a complete solution for organizations of all sizes—from project management to project financials, contracts, and billing, to project resource, task, and grants management. The senior secretary emphasized the ease of use of the cloud service as reported by Forbes.

“As it is easy to learn and use, the ministry’s managers like the cloud interface and they appreciate that the software’s regular, automatic updates will give them access to the latest features,” said Islam.

Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges used Oracle Internet of Things Asset Monitoring Cloud Service to deploy sensors to pinpoint and measure the weak areas of the Bangabandhu Bridge, helping it with repairs.

That successful experience led the ministry to choose Oracle IoT Asset Monitoring Cloud Service and Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud as its project management platforms for all infrastructure projects according to the senior secretary of the ministry’s Bridges Division.

The Bangladesh ministry now plans to introduce additional cloud software to its day-to-day operations.

It will deploy Oracle ERP Cloud to manage its procurement, planning, and budgeting processes and use Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud to help it attract and retain highly skilled employees, track their training programs, and manage their promotions and raises.

“With the cloud we have everything at our fingertips, it’s much easier, and our managerial efficiency is up. And with Oracle software, we have everything in one basket,” added Islam.

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