Sharjah Municipality gets Microsoft on board

Sharjah Municipality standardises on Microsoft technologies to streamline its internal IT infrastructure.

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By  Vijaya George Published  December 24, 2002

Microsoft Middle East will help Sharjah Municipality streamline its internal technology infrastructure. The agreement is part of Sharjah’s e-government drive and will ensure 100% legal status for all software used within the government.

“It has now become imperative that government departments adopt technology in order to facilitate communication internally to serve the people better,” Mr. Ahmed Fikri, director general of Sharjah Municipality said. “Sharjah Municipality is investing in Microsoft technologies to enhance its efficiency in order to provide well-integrated and efficient services to businesses and citizens,” he added.

Sharjah Municipality will deploy an enterprise portal solution called SharePoint Portal Server 2001. This browser-based solution integrates with Microsoft Office and the Windows operating system. It will give employees in Sharjah’s government departments the ability to access and organise information, manage documents and enable efficient collaboration.

“We are delighted with this agreement and we certainly hope that this is just the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with Sharjah Municipality and Government of Sharjah. Governments set exemplary standards for the rest of the sectors to follow and their endorsement of IPR is key to the development of a dynamic IT industry and a stronger national economy,” stated Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft EMEA and senior vice president, Microsoft Corp.

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