Middle East Bahrain Government of Bahrain Inks Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft
Government of Bahrain Inks Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Manama, Bahrain

The Bahrain Central Informatics Organization (CIO) today inked an Enterprise Agreement for three years providing Bahrain Government entities with access to Microsoft latest products and services.

Dr. Mohammed Al Amer, President of the Central Informatics Organization (CIO) signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of Bahrain and Charbel Fakhoury, Vice President Sales, Marketing & Services Group for Microsoft Middle East & Africa Region represented Microsoft. The signing ceremony was attended by Tareq Hijazi, Regional Country Manager for Microsoft Bahrain & Oman, Hamad Al Saie, Public Sector Manager for Microsoft in Bahrain and Mohammed Al Moayyed, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of ALMOAYYED International Group.

Under the terms of the agreement, all Bahrain Governmental entities will standardize on the latest Microsoft technologies and platform, which will enable them to improve the total cost of ownership, boost their productivity and enhance both security and manageability of the IT operations across the different Ministries and their affiliates. The agreement also opens a window of development opportunities for IT professionals with the wide range of the internationally recognized Microsoft certifications (Microsoft Certified Professionals). All government beneficiaries will enjoy a 24x7 phone and web support through Microsoft Consultant Services (MCS) providing optimum support levels for the shared services project.

“The most appealing benefit of this Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft is the ability to standardize. By standardizing and consolidating our ICT infrastructure, we will be able to reduce cost, increase productivity and achieve greater efficiencies to better serve the citizens and residents of Bahrain.,” said Dr. Mohammed Al Amer, President of the Central Informatics Organization (CIO) “We are keen to strengthen our partnership with Microsoft through renewing the Enterprise Agreement. This volume licensing initiative guarantees low initial cost and provides licensed software versions upgrades for no additional cost throughout the coming 3 years; it also helps provide career paths on Microsoft platforms for local IT talents through a number of training programs.”

“We are thrilled to sign a renewal of the Enterprise Agreement with the Government of Bahrain, represented by the Central Informatics Organization,” said Charbel Fakhoury, Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Services Group for Microsoft Middle East & Africa. “This agreement comes as part of our commitment to the Government of Bahrain and its mission to drive Bahrain’s shift towards a digital society. We believe that, in today’s world, competitive advantage comes from the effective use of technology. Through this agreement, all government agencies will benefit from the expertise of our specialists, who will help maximize the value of these software investments and ensure that our products are installed in a safe, reliable and cost-effective way.”

Under the framework of this agreement, ALMOAYYED Computers will be working closely with the Central Informatics Organization to provide Microsoft Software and Services to the Government of Bahrain. ALMOAYYED Computers will also be offering comprehensive training programs to make sure that government employees are well oriented with the state-of-the-art technologies deployed thus deriving maximum benefits.

We’re honored to be part of this project that will help the CIO and the Bahrain Government to have robust and scalable technologies enabling efficient and prompt public services,” said Mohammed Almoayyed, Vice Chairman & Managing Director of ALMOAYYED International Group. “We will continue to deliver tangible value added services that are tailored to suit the different requirements of the government of Bahrain organizations covered by this Enterprise agreement”

This is the second renewal of the Enterprise agreement between Bahrain’s Central Informatics Organization, representing the Government of Bahrain, and Microsoft; the first renewal was signed in April 2010.

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