CA predicts continued expansion for 2002

Computer Associates Middle East is predicting significant growth for the Middle East’s IT sector in 2002. Consequently, the vendor hopes to boost its own revenues by keying into this increased technology spend.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  March 10, 2002

Computer Associates Middle East is predicting significant growth for the Middle East’s IT sector in 2002. Consequently, the vendor hopes to boost its own revenues by keying into this increased technology spend.

Dan van der Westhuizen, senior vice president, Computer Associates (CA), says that the annual IT spending growth in the Middle East is more than 20%, compared to less than 10% for the US and Europe. This growth, he explains, is being driven by the region’s development in education, market liberalisation, and local improvements in information and communication technologies infrastructure.

“Computer Associates Middle East expects to fully capitalise on that impressive annual growth,” he says.

The local arm of CA witnessed revenue growth of 30% for 2001, something that Abdulaziz Al Salloum, managing director, Computer Associates Middle East, puts down to the vendor’s increased attention to regional customer requirements.

“Computer Associates Middle East witnessed phenomenal growth in fiscal year 2001 largely because of our increased attention to what regional customers really want – cutting-edge technology, and the ability to deploy it quickly in an environment that demands a quick return-on-investment,” he says.

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