The Qatar Government has announced its partnership with Microsoft to implement modern workplace solutions such as Microsoft Teams to enhance productivity by empowering its workforce to work remotely.
The move will foster communication and collaboration amongst government entities to ensure uninterrupted delivery of services to businesses and citizens, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) said in a statement.
The swift enablement of government employees to work remotely stems from Qatar National Vision 2030 and readiness of the government as it began its digital transformation journey three years ago through a partnership between the MoTC and Microsoft on modernising the government workplace.
Through a transformation programme ‘Secure Government Modern Workplace’, the effort enabled thousands of government employees with tools such as Microsoft 365 Security and Productivity solutions.
“The Qatar National Vision 2030 defines our strategy to pursue economic, social, environmental and human development while ensuring the wellbeing of our workforce, citizens and residents. Digital Transformation has been the cornerstone of this journey, which drives our passion to bring the best of technology in place to achieve our goals”, said Mashael Ali al-Hammadi, acting assistant undersecretary of Information Technology Affairs at the MoTC.
She added: “Platforms such as Microsoft Teams are an ideal tool for us to bring our people and processes together and help us ensure continuity in communication and workflow amongst our workforce in a secured environment.
“And this is evident, in light of the recent decision to reduce the number of employees present at government workplaces to 20%. The precautionary measures are taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and ensure the health and safety of citizens and residents in the country.”
Microsoft Teams is a collaboration productivity tool that empowers workforces to chat, meet, call, and collaborate - all in one place. While governments and organisations across the globe are moving to remote work, Teams delivers an approach to foster a new culture of working together.
“Microsoft’s commitment to our customers is grounded in our mission to empower them in achieving more. Our collaboration with the government of Qatar speaks to this mission as we continue our efforts to enable them with solutions to collaborate from anywhere.
“We look forward to supporting them as they take a leap forward in their digital transformation journey by enabling the workforce to stay connected remotely and reinvent the modern workplace,” said Lana Khalaf, country manager, Microsoft Qatar.
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