Elite forces’ health department trims operating costs

Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs deploys Sun Microsystems’ solution.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  May 1, 2005

The elite Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs (SANG-HA) has gone live with SunRay desktop systems and StarOffice licenses in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. SANG-HA has deployed 1,500 SunRay thin client desktop systems from Sun Microsystems, in addition to purchasing 4,000 StarOffice licenses, in order to refresh its IT technology strategy. The Arabic-enabled nature of Sun’s StarOffice productivity suite, as well as the significantly more affordable investment level for the Sun desktop solution, were cited as the major causes for the switch. “SANG-HA’s hospitals and health utilities are among the best in the region. We have adopted a strategic IT plan, which will contribute to the development of health services provided to the patients. Infrastructure development is a major focus area for us, and the ability to use Sun’s Arabic-enabled StarOffice suite and lower operational costs and is making a major impact on SANG-HA’s bottom line,” says Dr Majid Al Tuwaijri, executive director for information systems and informatics at SANG-HA. The switch to a comprehensive Sun desktop solution complements SANG-HA’s existing deployment of Sun mid- and enterprise-level servers, including more than 40 workgroup servers, and a Sun StorEdge enterprise data management solution and the move recognises the stability and ease of administration that the Sun solutions offer customers, cutting the cost of ownership by up to 70% compared to similar alternative offerings. Riyadh-based Sun iForce partner Jeraisy Computer and Communication Systems has implemented the new desktop environment for SANG-HA. The solution is being deployed in sites such as the King Fahd hospital in Riyadh, King Khalid hospital in Jeddah, and new King Abdul Aziz healthcare facilities being completed in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia. With increasing investments in clinics, nursing, and research facilities, SANG-HA’s decision to reduce costs and complexity through the SunRay desktops and StarOffice licenses means that more funding is available for increased levels of patient care. “This is the most significant order for SunRay and StarOffice in the entire EMEA region and illustrates the foresight of the Saudi Arabian government in leveraging its IT investment. The Middle East is among the markets leading the way in StarOffice and SunRay adoption globally,” concludes Ahmed Farrag, Sun Microsystems MENA’s country manager for Saudi Arabia.

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