Business software giant Oracle has said Eskom should “pay the pending dues for the Oracle software that they use,” after the power utility last week lost a court application to compel the US corporation to renew its support services until April 2022.
Oracle provides a range of IT services, which the struggling utility in court papers described as “quite essential to some of Eskom’s crucial operations”.
The services are provided under a five-year master agreement which started in 2017 and has been renewed annually. Some of the tools that Oracle provides include:
- Eskom’s online vending system, which enables the sale of electricity to users.
- Maintenance tools for power outages.
- Tools for the logging of electricity faults.
- Control of electricity grids, which allow areas to be switched off.
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