SAP to support ictQATAR

SAP announced that it has signed a MoU with the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) to support newly created Digital Content Cluster, which is developed to fuel the growth of businesses focused on the field of content creation, as well as allow for use, share, access and preservation of the content in a digital format especially in Arabic.

This initiative is expected to enable Qatar to establish itself as a leading nation for innovative Arabic digital content, setting the foundation for a vibrant ICT industry in the country.

“ictQATAR is developing and modernizing policies and regulations aimed at protecting the interests of end-users, attracting investment, and creating a business model to stimulate the development of digital content, especially Arabic content. As part of this effort, ictQATAR is committed to innovation so entrepreneurs can offer new competitive services and applications. ictQATAR is encouraging research to develop broadband content, through providing the funding mechanisms required, and support for start-ups and SMEs,” said Marwan Marouf Mahmoud, Executive Director, ictQATAR.

The Digital Content Cluster will be formally launched during QITCOM 2011 – Qatar ICT Conference and Exhibition in May 2011.

“For small and medium enterprises with limited resources and infrastructure, cloud computing provides companies the opportunity to access sophisticated business management software, offering agility, scalability, and significant savings as the IT skills and infrastructure costs will be shifted from in-house to outsourced providers,” commented Gergi Abboud, Country Manager, SAP Qatar.

“The Digital Content Cluster provides a strong platform to help enable the growth and success of startups and small companies and SAP is delighted to collaborate with ictQATAR on this exciting initiative that will ultimately build a stronger entrepreneurial community, drive economic diversification and prosperity in Qatar and across the region,” continued Abboud.