Middle East Saudi Arabia Bank Aljazira Signs Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft
Bank Aljazira Signs Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft
Adoption of new software will build simplicity and flexibility into Bank Aljazira banking systems.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Bank Aljazira recently signed an Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft Saudi Arabia in Jeddah. The agreement covers all computers in Bank Aljazira's headquarters and branches and provides the bank with increased services and support from Microsoft, cost savings, free software upgrades and training for the bank’s IT staff - ultimately providing an improved, more reliable and more efficient service for the bank's customers.

The agreement will help strengthen the connection between technology, people and processes and align the IT and business environment for the bank. This will help improve the overall IT service delivery and quality to all the bank's business units.

"The signing of the Agreement in addition to its access to the Enterprise, moreover its cutting edge software will optimize our IT Infrastructure and increase the productivity of our employees allowing us to become even more competitive and provide a new level of service to our customers, both corporate and retail," said Mr Ziad Aba Al-Khail, Group Head, Support Group on behalf of Bank Aljazira.

The Enterprise Agreement Volume Licensing program, designed for larger corporate customers, offers organizations a cost-effective way to acquire the latest Microsoft technology to help standardize their IT infrastructure and simplify license management.

Signing the agreement on behalf of Microsoft, Dr Khaled Al-Dhaher, General Manager, Microsoft Saudi Arabia said: "The agreement signed today will help Bank Aljazira achieve operational excellence by creating mission-critical system reliability, availability, supportability, and manageability of Microsoft products and technologies. This in turn will help provide a more reliable service to the bank's customers." Under the terms of the agreement the bank's current IT service will be assessed; processes of greatest concern prioritized; and best practice applied to optimize management of the Windows Server platform - helping people at the bank to realize their potential.

Prior to the take-up of the Enterprise Agreement Bank Aljazira had an Open Subscription License. Mr Aba Al-Khail said that the decision was taken to migrate up to an Enterprise Agreement after a review of the bank's mixed environments. "We concluded that to best serve our customers we should strengthen our strategic relationship with Microsoft and access the additional benefits provided by the agreement," said Mr Aba Al-Khail.

The Enterprise Agreement enrolment term is three years with the option to renew.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft opened its Dubai-based Middle East office in 1991. Microsoft today has four subsidiaries in the Middle East region: Microsoft Gulf which oversees Microsoft activities in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman and Yemen, Microsoft Arabia covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Microsoft Egypt and Microsoft North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan that oversees Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine Territories and Pakistan.

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Microsoft Middle East's Web site is: www.microsoft.com/middleeast

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