Sakhr targets e-government

Sakhr Software is expanding its development capabilities and solution set as it looks to become a serious player in the large enterprise and government market throughout the Middle East.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  October 18, 2001

Sakhr Software is expanding its development capabilities and solution set as it looks to become a serious player in the large enterprise and government market throughout the Middle East.

Although no country will be left untouched, the company will initially target UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt — which it currently believes to have the greatest growth potential.

A stronger web focus is key to the Arabic software specialist's success. As such, the company has spent this year's show demonstrating a number of its 'e-products.' On show throughout Gitex will be the Idrisi search engine, ArabDox document management solution, the SMS e-education management system and its web based publishing solution, Sakhr Press Solution (SPS).

"Arabic e-governments and enterprises need home grown solutions that are designed and developed with the use of Arabic technologies," says Fahad Al Sharekh, business development director, Sakhr Software.

Despite the company's Arabic focus, it says that the ability to work in both English and Arabic in the Middle East is paramount. In order to address this demand the majority of Sakhr's solutions work with both languages.

The Idrisi search engine is bilingual; ArabDox manages, archives and retrieves Arabic and English documents; and ArabSite, the company's latest website Arabisation solution, translates any English language web site into Arabic.

While the company's current stable of products is, according to Al Sharekh, a good base from which to target the high-end market, development work is ongoing as it strives to deliver the best technology solutions possible.

"We will continue to invest in R&D to get this region technologically on a par with the most developed in the world," he says.

Any fears that the Sakhr's new market focus will result in decreased support for its traditional end-user base are unfounded says Al Sharekh, as the company intends to carry on investing in this market too.

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