Abu Dhabi Department of Finance launches e-finance portal

Portal built on Microsoft's .NET platform to integrate more than 40 executive departments, 150,000 plus employees and over 10,000 suppliers.

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By  Vijaya George Published  June 25, 2002

Microsoft has been cashing in on the Middle East region’s desire to go online and offer state-of-the-art electronic services to customers. The most recent government department to call upon the software titan for Web solutions is the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, which launched its new e-finance portal last month in association with Microsoft Middle East.

The department, which is the nucleus of all financial activities for Abu Dhabi, caters to 40 executive government departments, 150,000 plus employees and more than 10,000 suppliers within Abu Dhabi. Based on Microsoft’s .NET platform, the portal aims to integrate the Department of Finance with all other executive government departments, employees and suppliers within Abu Dhabi. It also intends to Web-enable all existing systems rapidly. Comtrust has been appointed to take care of the portal’s e-security.

“The launch of the e-finance Portal is an important milestone in our efforts to harness state-of-the art technologies to automate business processes and provider more efficient services to the other government departments that we service and our suppliers in Abu Dhabi”, stated Hamad Al-Hurr Al-Suwaidi, assistant under-secretary, Department of Finance. “The e-finance portal will empower employees to access relevant information, process services and collaborate through a single, powerful resource. We believe that this is the way forward toward enabling a smarter and more efficient work environment and are pleased to partner with Microsoft in creating this portal.”

With its complete spectrum of personal financial information, the e-finance portal will facilitate suppliers to carry out transactions online, provide a comprehensive payroll system for employees within executive departments and also include financial budget-related information for employees in the executive department.

“Just the single activity of monthly payments to over 150,000 government employees and generating related pay slips was an enormous exercise and our aim was to move away from this manual effort”, said Younis Haji Khoori, FMS project manager, Abu Dhabi Department of Finance. “With the new portal, we have empowered the employees to track their own pay cheques. This is just one of the many examples of the benefit of the new portal, which is a step towards a paperless environment.”

In the next phase, the portal will include electronic interchange of invoice and payment data between Business-to-Government and government-to-government businesses, and will play a vital role in building a government gateway for citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi. Microsoft will work closely with the department to ensure that its portal is well integrated to existing suppliers’ systems, which run on a wide range of platforms. “We rely on these systems for market data, commentary, charts and news,” explained Khoori. “Also of importance is the platform’s ability to perform with high reliability and scalability to ensure that our users enjoy a consistent, high-quality experience, real-time.”

Congratulating the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance on the successful launch of the portal, Mohammed Kateeb, managing director, Microsoft Middle East commented that Abu Dhabi’s Department of Finance was exemplary in the use of technology solutions to service employees and businesses associates. “We believe that the portal will benefit the department of finance immensely and will encourage other government bodies to adopt similar workflow strategies.”

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