Major players and stakeholders in Qatar’s private and public sectors stand to gain from ‘RISE with SAP’ in accelerating the digitalisation journey of companies and government institutions in the country.
Microsoft and SAP jointly announced the launch of ‘RISE with SAP’ on Microsoft’s hyperscale cloud data centre region in Qatar during the ‘RISE with SAP on the Road’ event held Tuesday in Doha.
SAP customers in Qatar can now host RISE with SAP on Microsoft Azure, expanding the opportunities for building a cloud-first economy in Qatar, the GCC, and the Mena region.
On the sidelines of the event, Microsoft and SAP officials joined private and public sector stakeholders during a roundtable discussion to elaborate on the role of RISE with SAP in their respective digitalisation journeys.
Farha Muhanna al-Kuwari, Human Resources Information Systems Centre director at the Civil Service and Government Development Bureau (CGB), said: “CGB has been partners with SAP for more than a decade to support the transformation of Mawared – the Qatar government’s HR system by standardising processes and streamline operations leveraging the latest technologies.
“Considering the mission-critical services that the Mawared platform provides to government entities, the impact of disruption or outage can be severe in terms of business operations, data loss, and reputational harm. By deploying Microsoft Azure Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Solution (BCDR), we are now able to avoid disruptions, protect Mawared’s applications and data, and keep Mawared platform running and recoverable in case of unforeseen disasters or unplanned outages.”
Abdulaziz Ibrahim al-Tamimi, CEO of Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC), said: “RISE with SAP was a key milestone for Qatar Petroleum Material Company’s (QPMC) holistic digital transformation journey in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and the countries strategy to diversify its economy.
“SAP’s expertise and cutting-edge technologies and Microsoft's cloud infrastructure will play an effective role in achieving our 2023 goals to drive innovation, enhance our competitiveness, and deliver greater value to our customers.”
Hamdan Merchant, senior director Innovation & IT & BI at GWC, said: “The cloud offers the ideal option to support the strategic goals of the GWC. Using RISE with SAP on Azure for our deployment, we get instant access to the latest patches, innovations, and updates from SAP.”
Al Meera Consumer Goods IT director Abdulaziz Almana, said: “In our journey to adopt digital transformation of our operations across our more than 60 stores to the cloud, we have selected RISE with SAP running on Microsoft Azure to allow us to leverage cloud computing, automated business process, and innovative solutions to significantly improve our operational performance and apply a more integrated approach in serving our clients.”
Microsoft Qatar general manager Lana Khalaf said: “Bringing RISE with SAP on Azure to Qatar, supports our efforts to increase opportunities for our customers to innovate on their own terms and achieve their business goals.”
Alaa Jaber, managing director, Qatar and Fast Growth Markets at SAP, said: “The aim is to go beyond a technical migration to the cloud and, instead, enable private and public sector entities to truly transform their operations, realising a faster time-to-market for new capabilities and applications.”
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