Egypt shows IT ingenuity

The software industry in Egypt has been quick off the mark to grasp the opportunites that have arisen from growing international demand.

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By  Kate Concannon Published  October 16, 2001

The software industry in Egypt has been quick off the mark to grasp the opportunites that have arisen from the growing international demand in various sectors and industries for customised software solutions, such as business and financial packages, services software, Internet related services and IT wireless applications.

“Companies today are on the look out for systems that can integrate their entire business services and leverage information to optimize profits,” said Heba Sayed, software portfolio manager for Expolink.

“The Egyptian software industry has a distinct advantage in this segment because it can develop multi-lingual software that can be customised to suit the growing need in the Middle East.”

The Egyptian Exports Association — Expolink— has organised and is sponsoring the Egyptian Pavilion at this Gitex, which represents companies providing software solutions in these categories. The pavilion is showcasing several enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business applications, designed to give systems time and cost efficiency.

Some of the companies represented are also running seminars (Hall 6) throughout the course of the exhibition, covering topics from GAP services and solutions to computer telephony integration (Giza Systems). Middle East Network Solutions (MNS) is delivering presentations on success stories using m-banking and m-payment in the region.

Recognised as a leader in the innovative application of Microsoft technologies, MNS provides a line of scalable, turn-key solutions to seize the power and convenience of the Internet and mobile communications.

MNS is the force behind the bi-lingual unified communications solution,, which has attracted remarkable response and currently caters to more than 5000 users across the region.

The seminars by MNS highlight its mobile banking solution, Portex. Portex builds on GSM network technologies to deliver SMS and WAP, which can then be utilised by banking institutions to provide customers with a wealth of services. Transfers can also be executed remotely using these solutions.

The ISIS group, which has participated in more than 14 previous Gitex events, is also in attendance at the Egyptian Pavilion this year. For 2001, the group has embraced the theme “more power to be of more help”.

Two other participants of note are Gadtech and Universal Systems. WhileGadtech is displaying “The Executive Secretary” programme, Universal Systems is presenting its latest release for managing accounting, “Business Key”.

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