Estarta demos e-gov apps

Local developer, Estarta Solutions, has joined Microsoft to showcase its offerings. In particular, the Jordanian ISV is promoting its range of e-government applications, which it has been installing in Qatar.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  October 19, 2003

Local developer, Estarta Solutions, has joined Microsoft to showcase its offerings. In particular, the Jordanian ISV is promoting its range of e-government applications, which it has been installing in Qatar.

"We're [demonstrating] a range of vertical solutions," says Ennis Rimawi, chairman & president, Estarta Solutions. "We are doing a lot of e-government work in Qatar, where we are implementing 22 government services over a two year period. We have also won some e-government work in Saudi Arabia and Jordan," he adds.

The project work in Qatar has also included the re-engineering of business processes, as once paper-based business transactions, such as vehicle registrations, are taken on to the web.

"We are taking a government service, understanding how it is done [manually], re-engineering the way it is done today, and designing an application so that [clients] can do it over the internet," explains Rimawi.

Alongside the host of solutions being displayed by Estarta, the ISV is bringing visitors up to speed on the progress of its merger. Approximately 18 months ago, OneWorld and Zaine merged to create Estarta with a US$1 million cash injection from Microsoft. Since then the development house has built up its local presence with the opening of an office in Dubai Internet City. Another office is planned for Saudi Arabia.

"We've been focusing on building the brand and forming an international track record. 30% of our work is still in the US or Europe, so there is still work to be done," says Rimawi.

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