Kuwait’s INC Tech­nolo­gies achieves Mi­crosoft’s Gold stan­dard

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Mi­crosoft yes­ter­day called for busi­nesses in Kuwait to use cloud ser­vices to in­no­vate and com­pete in the Gulf na­tion’s still-grow­ing econ­omy, as the com­pany awards Kuwaiti based INC Tech­nolo­gies with Gold com­pe­tency in Mi­crosoft Dy­nam­ics and Cloud Pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“While it is cer­tainly true that the oil cri­sis can­not be ig­nored, strong SME sec­tors across the GCC have a huge role to play in grow­ing non-oil GDP,” said Charles Na­has, Gen­eral Man­ager, Mi­crosoft Kuwait. “A Na­tional Bank of Kuwait re­port from last year pre­dicts non-oil GDP growth will reach 4 per­cent to 5 per­cent in 2016 and 2017, so the time has never been bet­ter for Kuwaiti start-ups to get cre­ative. This starts with tech­nol­ogy, with the cloud at its cen­tre. Cloud ser­vices can al­low small busi­nesses to op­er­ate at scale, be­hav­ing like large-scale en­ter­prises and pulling the econ­omy for­ward.”

Na­has be­lieves the Kuwaiti cloud ser­vices market is grow­ing pro­gres­sively stronger and mov­ing closer to ma­tu­rity, as na­tional cloud providers adopt in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice stan­dards. Ear­lier this year, Mi­crosoft cer­ti­fied Kuwait-based INC Tech­nolo­gies, with Gold com­pe­tency in Mi­crosoft Dy­nam­ics and Cloud Pro­duc­tiv­ity. As a Mi­crosoft Dy­nam­ics and Cloud So­lu­tion Provider, INC Tech­nolo­gies stands as an ex­am­ple of global best prac­tice among Kuwaiti cloud ser­vices com­pa­nies. The firm has built its suc­cess on of­fer­ing so­lu­tions that al­low na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­design their business pro­cesses more quickly, lead­ing to strong growth spurred by en­hanced work­force pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“The Mi­crosoft cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is an im­por­tant milestone for us, but not the end of the jour­ney,” said Mo­hammed Zaim, Deputy Chair­man & CEO, INC Tech­nolo­gies. “We will keep mov­ing for­ward, build­ing cre­ative so­lu­tions for our cus­tomers, so they, in turn, can bring value to their cus­tomers. Our rich ex­pe­ri­ence in Mi­crosoft Dy­nam­ics im­ple­men­ta­tions al­lows us to play a piv­otal role in shap­ing the com­pet­i­tive­ness of Kuwaiti busi­nesses across all sec­tors, and sus­tain the coun­try’s suc­cess story. And, to achieve all of that, cloud is key.”

Mov­ing to cloud

“INC Tech­nolo­gies stands as per­fect ev­i­dence that Kuwaiti com­pa­nies do not have to wait un­til next year or the year af­ter that - they can in­no­vate right now, to­day, us­ing the power and flex­i­bil­ity of the cloud,” said Na­has.

In­vest­ment in cloud com­put­ing has been pro­ceed­ing at a blis­ter­ing pace across the Gulf re­gion. Kuwait, ac­cord­ing to BMI, will see com­pound an­nual growth of 1.4 per­cent to reach a to­tal na­tional out­lay of $1.11 bil­lion by 2020 and $ 407 mil­lion of this will be sales from the ser­vice seg­ment.IT spend has seen a sharp de­cline in Kuwait since 2013, but soft­ware and ser­vices are now ex­pected to see mod­est growth, sug­gest­ing a move to cloud. Ad­di­tion­ally In 2013 IT ser­vice sales grew by 4.3 per­cent to reach KD88m ($309.42m), ac­cord­ing to market re­searcher Business Mon­i­tor In­ter­na­tional. Cloud com­put­ing, e-govern­ment and ma­chine-to-ma­chine ser­vices are ex­pected to be key growth ar­eas for the sec­tor through 2017, with new in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments cre­at­ing a wide va­ri­ety of op­por­tu­ni­ties for cloud ser­vice providers. Gart­ner is fore­cast­ing cloud ser­vices in­dus­try in MENA to grow by 105 per­cent and reach $1.1bn in an­nual spend­ing by 2017, from $534m in 2013.

“At Mi­crosoft, we de­fine suc­cess through our part­ners. We suc­ceed to­gether. We are part­ner-cen­tric, part­nerled and pro-part­ner at our very foun­da­tion. INC Tech­nolo­gies is a great ex­am­ple who have proven them­selves ca­pa­ble of build­ing value-added so­lu­tions for our mu­tual cus­tomers.” Added Na­has “In Kuwait, we see a vast op­por­tu­nity for part­ners that are in­vest­ing in the cloud and we are con­stantly in­no­vat­ing to en­able them to acquire new cus­tomers and achieve more.”

SEOUL: A cus­tomer enquires about re­turn­ing a Sam­sung Note 7 mo­bile phone at a Sam­sung store in a mall be­neath the com­pany’s head­quar­ters in the Gangnam district of Seoul yes­ter­day. —AFP

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