Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 27 March 2012 — Held under the patronage of the
Bahrain eGovernment Authority, Microsoft will hold the Open Door event on March
27th and 28th 2012 at the Gulf Convention Center. The two-day event aims to bring
the next generation of products and services to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and will
give IT professionals in Bahrain an opportunity to experience a range of soon-to-be-released
solutions from Microsoft and its partners.
Open Door Bahrain is one of five Microsoft experiential technology showcases taking
place in the Gulf region in 2012, reaching people across five countries including
Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
The Bahrain edition of the event is expected to gather industry leaders to provide
them with the opportunity to experience new solutions and support technologically
enabled economic development, in what is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing
markets in the region.
“Information technology is constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of
our competitive business market. It’s also a significant factor in the performance
of businesses and is increasingly becoming the backbone of their success. Therefore,
it’s very important for IT professionals as well as the overall business community,
government or private sectors, to stay up to date with the latest technologies and
innovations that are not yet available in the market,” said Mr. Mohamed Al Qaed,
the Chief Executive Officer of the eGovernment Authority Bahrain.
He added: “A platform such as Microsoft Open Door presents an opportunity for IT
professionals to hear about the latest innovations, discuss current challenges and
share their own knowledge, experience and ideas in an interactive two day forum.”
The CEO of eGovernment Authority also reaffirmed that Microsoft is one of the main
technology partners of the Government entities in the Kingdom with a longstanding
relationship of more than 15 years. Mr. Al Qaed also mentioned that government entities
use a wide range Microsoft innovations and solutions while stressing the importance
of expanding the relationship between the government and Microsoft, particularly
in light of the development of the technology field worldwide.
Commenting on the event, Mr. Tareq Hijazi, Country Manager for Microsoft in the
Kingdom of Bahrain and Sultanate of Oman said: “We are very proud to bring Microsoft
Open Door to Bahrain and are excited to collaborate with our partners to showcase
a range of soon-to-be-released solutions while addressing the local market requirements
from an IT perspective. As a company, we place innovation at the heart of everything
we do and we are confident that technology will continue to contribute to the future
development of the Kingdom. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank
Bahrain’s eGovernment Authority as well as our partners for their ongoing support
and contribution to Microsoft Open Door.”
Microsoft Open Door’s regional sponsors are IBM and HP. The event will present an
opportunity for IT professionals to experience technologies that are not yet available.
Attendees will experience a sneak preview of Windows 8, which is not yet retailing.
In addition, Open Door will have a special focus on cloud computing where the benefits
that Microsoft Office 365, Windows Azure and Windows bring to business and consumers
will be showcased. Other Microsoft solutions that will be highlighted at Open Door
Bahrain include Systems Centre 2012, SQL Server 2012 and much more.
“At HP, we are always on the lookout for partnerships and collaborations that efficiently
serve our customers and the IT community,” said Mrs. Alaa Al-Shimy, Enterprise,
Storage, Servers and Networking (ESSN) Director, HP Middle East. “Microsoft Open
Door presents an opportunity for us to showcase the latest technology and solutions
together with our partners and contribute to the growth of the IT industry in Bahrain.”
“IT is an essential component to any successful business and with the right mix
of solutions and tools, businesses can simply enhance productivity and efficiency
in the most cost-effective way,“ said Mr. Guy England, Business Unit Executive,
IBM Middle East. “We are excited about the partnership with Microsoft Gulf for Open
Door and see this platform as an opportunity to connect and engage with leaders
from the Business in Bahrain.”
In addition to the global and regional technology partners, the event will also
feature a number of Microsoft’s key local partners which include Exceed IT Services,
Al Moayyed Computers, Computer World and iPoint.
For more information
Marketing Manager – Microsoft Oman and Bahrain
Lina Al Desouky
Tel: + 9714 321 0077