Oman’s Info Expertise Authority (ITA) has joined forces with Microsoft within the company’s ongoing efforts to digitally remodel the nation, i.e. in keeping with Oman Imaginative and prescient 2040, established by the royal directive of Sultan Qaboos bin Mentioned Al Mentioned.
The partnership between ITA and Microsoft was formally signed throughout a go to earlier this month by senior ITA delegates to Microsoft’s Government Info Middle in Redmond, Washington, the place delegates witnessed superior applied sciences designed for bold digital transformation journeys.
Because the frontline drive of the Authorities of Oman in driving digital transformation within the Sultanate, ITA’s areas of duty span nationwide infrastructure initiatives and oversight of all packages associated to the implementation of the Digital Oman Technique, together with offering skilled management to different authorities entities concerned in digital transformation initiatives.
The strategic collaboration between ITA and Microsoft will deal with how Oman can make the most of societal adjustments occurring on account of the fourth industrial revolution and the way the sultanate can finest leverage know-how to remain forward of change and to make sure that the advantages of 4IR accrue to all Omanis.
Beneath the settlement, Microsoft will work with its world companions to attach ITA leaders in Oman with the world’s most progressive answer suppliers working in 4IR areas comparable to synthetic intelligence, predictive analytics, machine studying, blockchain and the Web of Issues . By such regional and world outreach, Microsoft is predicted to advertise and allow data switch and capability constructing that may speed up digital transformation within the Sultanate’s private and non-private sectors.
“Business 4.0 is a runaway prepare that can’t be stopped,” mentioned Dr. Salim Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA. “As a substitute, we in authorities should search methods to harness change for the advantage of all who name Oman house, in keeping with Her Majesty’s imaginative and prescient. That is why we collaborated with Microsoft; as a result of its leaders inform a compelling story of digital transformation – one the place the advantages of change are shared by all.”
Each month, Microsoft will provide know-how consciousness periods for presidency officers. Separate quarterly “workshops” shall be devoted to constructing capability, turning concepts into sensible options and offering a high-level implementation roadmap. Expertise demonstrations may even play a big position within the partnership. ITA will present cloud infrastructure to host know-how workshops and proofs of idea and facilitate connections with enterprise and technical stakeholders.
“Microsoft is on a mission to empower each particular person, group to attain extra,” mentioned Sheikh Saif Al Hosni, Nation Supervisor, Bahrain & Oman, Microsoft. “We now have lengthy admired ITA’s imaginative and prescient for digitization and its efforts to speed up digital transformation in Oman’s private and non-private sectors, enabling them to empower, have interaction, optimize and remodel. By this partnership, we’ll take the subsequent steps collectively.”
A current Microsoft examine confirmed that greater than half (51 p.c) of organizations within the Gulf area named cloud computing a precedence by way of adoption. Because of this and comparable findings from different well-known market analysis companies, and in response to overwhelming encouragement from regional prospects, Microsoft introduced earlier this yr that it’ll construct two devoted cloud information facilities, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi, which can deliver its trusted providers to governments and organizations throughout the Center East. Enterprises within the area can benefit from Microsoft Cloud by profiting from enterprise-grade reliability and efficiency, mixed with information residency and the broadest compliance.