A survey of 109 participants at the Microsoft Open Door event in Doha, Qatar, revealed that 60 percent of the respondents were interested in learning about the private cloud and the benefits it could bring to businesses in the country. The survey conducted by Microsoft has indicated that almost two thirds of Qatar’s IT professionals are looking to the private cloud as a future focus area.
The two-day Open Door event took place in Doha on 7-8 February 2012. The Microsoft event, , gathered together IT professionals in an effort to allow them to experience new solutions, and support technologically enabled economic development in what is fast becoming one of the fastest growing markets in the region.
Microsoft Qatar Open Door was kicked off by a keynote session delivered by Samer Abu Ltaif, General Manager for Microsoft Gulf and Naim Yazbeck, Microsoft Qatar Country Manager that delivered valuable insights into the vision for Microsoft in Qatar and the region.
The event lineup comprised of Tracks with 35 Sessions covering content for IT professionals, Developers and IT decision makers. Visitor experience was enhanced by multiple zones, including Customer Immersion experience lab showcasing the future of productivity first hand using Sharepoint, Lync and Exchange to name a few.
Also, a Tech zone where there was interaction with all innovation from today and tomorrow , a Consumer zone in partnership with Virgin and a Partner Pavilion they could network and engage with over 13 partners on their unique offerings that are built platform and share their experiences on our technology first hand.
During the event, Microsoft gave participants an opportunity to preview a number of cutting edge technologies, while discussing the role of technology in boosting productivity.
As part of Open Door Doha, Microsoft also focused on its range of cloud computing solutions with showcases on the benefits that Microsoft Office 365, Windows Azure and Windows bring to businesses and consumers. Visitors and IT Professionals underwent a survey that helped measure their interests and which technology area it falls under through the survey.
The survey findings indicate a growing interest in cloud computing in Qatar and the rest of the Gulf region. Other areas of interest recorded amongst the participants included the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 and Kinect for Business.
“It is not surprising that the private cloud generated so much interest amongst Qatar’s IT professionals,” said said Naim Yazbeck, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar. “Cloud computing offers the promise of agility, economics, and focus that can unlock new innovation and transform the role of IT in driving business success. A private cloud delivers fundamentally new capabilities that represent a generational paradigm shift in computing and Microsoft is well positioned to meet this demand.”
Open Door Doha was part of a series of Microsoft experiential technology showcases that are taking place in the Gulf region in 2012. The five-country roadshow covers Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
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