4Sight looks to the future with Comtrust

4Sight Technologies, the ERP integration arm of UAE distributor Alpha Data, has linked with Comtrust, Etisalat’s e-business solutions provider, to provide hosted ERP solutions aimed at the retail and manufacturing sectors.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  April 11, 2004

4Sight Technologies, the ERP integration arm owned by UAE distribution group Alpha Data, has linked with Comtrust, Etisalat’s e-business solutions provider. By joining the Comtrust Solutions Partner (CSP) programme, 4Sight Technologies hopes to boost its credentials as an application services provider (ASP). “We are actively seeking to partner with specialist companies. Whether that specialisation is vertical industry focused or technology focused, we believe Comtrust has a lot to offer,” Ahmed Abdulkarim Julfar, general manager, Comtrust. “In this case, Comtrust’s extensive infrastructure and experience in the virtual space provides 4Sight technologies with an excellent platform to take its solutions to the market.” Nazeem Uddin, director at 4Sight Technolgies, said: “Our solutions are traditionally web-based, so by utilising Comtrust’s excellent infrastructure our customers will experience improved performance when accessing our software over the net without having to make further investment.” “When proposing our solutions, we can provide total costs with details of the hosting service from Comtrust to our customers. This will give a clearer idea of running expenses to our customers,” he added. “We would like to work with Comtrust to co-promote 4Sight-ERP by jointly hosting the application and selling the solution to customers via an ASP model. This is something we are currently exploring.” Meanwhile, the two partners said they are currently in discussions that will see Comtrust hosting 4Sight Technology applications and servers. “The customer will own the solution, however a monthly installment plan will mean customers will not have to invest in the solution all at once making it a much more viable option financially,” said Julfar. The ASP model relies entirely on a resilient infrastructure ensuring application availability. Hosting partners need to be in a position to provide service level agreements (SLAs) that the customer has confidence in — especially when it comes to the provision of a core application such as ERP. Interest in the ASP model is starting to build in the Middle East, but there is still a long way to go. Expect more integrators and application vendors to start offering hosted delivery models to their customer base as an option.

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