Bahrain government signs deal with Microsoft

The government of Bahrain has signed an Enterprise agreement with Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM) to standardise on Microsoft technologies.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  March 27, 2001

The government of Bahrain has signed an Enterprise agreement with Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM) to standardise on Microsoft products and technologies, including Windows 2000, Office 2000 and the BackOffice suite of servers.

“We are pleased to have reached this historic agreement with Microsoft,” said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Attiyatullah Al Khalifa, President of the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO). “Microsoft has shown a long term commitment to the Arab market and their investment in Arabic language functionality within their products is a reflection of that commitment. We believe that technology will play an increasingly important role in the government of Bahrain, the local economy and the services that are extended to its citizens.”

The agreement will reduce the overall cost of technology acquisition, software asset management, deployment, and ongoing upgrades for the government of Bahrain.

“Standardising on the Microsoft platform will provide us with a solid base as well as exceptional scalability and reliability,” added HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Khalifa.

Computer World has been given the reseller contract, and will deploy the software and provide technical support services to the government.

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