The benefits of cloud technology, such as cost efficiency, among many others, is helping drive business growth and the rapid development of Qatar's small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) ecosystem, an industry expert said.
Qatar is relying on state-of-the-art services and solutions by major companies, such as Microsoft and other global vendors; some SMEs in Qatar, meanwhile, depend on cloud business, which is offered by these leading solutions providers, according to Bright Information Systems (BIS) general manager Hisham Mousa.
“The cloud is a very effective tool to help SMEs develop and grow their businesses,” Mousa told Gulf Times Sunday. BIS is among the strategic partners of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which is delivering a series of workshops under its ‘Digital Transformation of SMEs’ (DTSME) initiative.
According to Mousa, the cloud is a unique model, which follows the ‘pay-as-you-go’ and ‘pay-as-you-grow’ concept. Similar to paying utility bills, SMEs are only charged for the infrastructure that they need, he pointed out. 
“The cloud helps in terms of cost-effectiveness for small businesses that still do not have enough funds to create its IT infrastructure. An SME can get additional cloud infrastructure as the business grows. This model also helps SMEs optimise and it adjusts to the company’s needs,” Mousa said.
Asked if SMEs in Qatar are maximising the use of Qatar’s IT infrastructure, Mousa said there are still some SMEs that are not aware of the benefits of the cloud and how it could speed up the growth of the business.
Mousa lauded the MoTC’s DTSME programme, saying “it is a great initiative and the workshops help SMEs in their digitisation process.” 
“This programme introduces a practical way to transform the SME sector and digitise their businesses, and we appreciate this very much,” he emphasised.
Asked how the SME sector is benefiting from the country’s ICT infrastructure, which is among the top-rated globally, and Qatar having the world’s highest mobile use and Internet penetration, Mousa said, “The government is paving the way for local entrepreneurs to improve their businesses, and help maximise efficiency, reduce cost, and take full advantage of sales reviews.”
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