A collaboration between Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQatar) and German IT giant SAP will make Qatar at par with more technologically advanced countries on bringing innovative IT solutions to the private and government sectors.
Top officials from SAP and ictQatar separately outlined these programmes yesterday during the opening of SAP World Tour 2011 in Doha held at Sheraton Doha Hotel which was attended by some 300 participants from local business and government sector as well as SAP community partners.
Bill McDermott (pictured), SAP Co-CEO and executive board member, dwelt more in his keynote address “Business in the Moment” on what he described as top three global IT megatrends which are big data mobility and cloud computing, which he said will drive long-term growth in the future.
He highlighted one of the most in demand platform in the corporate world which is the SAP Hana that can deliver insights never thought possible, change scenarios, simulate business models, adjust manufacturing mix, rethink marketing segmentation and pricing strategy which can deliver instantly. “What took weeks, now takes seconds.”
“It is time for change. Customer insight must be the DNA of all businesses in Qatar. Competition is fierce, customers changing fast, brand loyalty is of essence,” McDermott said.
McDermott also underscored Qatar’s better position in adopting the modern technological trends being on top of the world for GDP in terms of per capita income and remarkable progress in implementing its 2030 vision to make the country a knowledge-based economy.
Hassan Al Sayed, Assistant Secretary General, Government Information Management Office at ictQatar, complemented McDermott’s remarks by saying that Qatar is well on its way to embrace innovations to adapt to constant change in the modern world.
Al-Sayed envisions what he called as government of the future which is “agile, efficient and adaptive.” “Running the government should no longer be one way decision but more on interaction with the people.”
Gergi Abboud, Country Manager at SAP Qatar, said SAP in the Middle East and North Africa has significantly ramped up investments in the education front through the University Alliance Programme(UAP) in which students were given tools and resources needed to teach them how technology can help enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking.
Qatar University was the first university in the country that was part of UAP in April followed by College of North Atlantic Qatar in September this year.
SAP is also bent on introducing Arabic solutions available in the local market with a defined roadmap to roll out localized solutions next year for both public and private sector.
The SAP World Tour 2011 road show is an integral part of McDermott’s visit to the region. The event is a nuanced, multileveled initiative designed to enable dialogue with influencers, customers along with members of the ecosystem interested in partnering with SAP.
Through interactive formats, including industry- and product-specific breakout sessions, participants learned how the SAP solution portfolio can deliver customer value, consistently executing on strategy and growing profitably and sustainability.
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