Halcyon days for Saudi integrator

Saudi integrator Al-Falak Electronic Equipment & Supplies has bolstered its product offering by striking a partnership agreement with Halcyon Software.

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  April 13, 2008

Saudi integrator Al-Falak Electronic Equipment & Supplies has bolstered its product offering by striking a partnership agreement with Halcyon Software. Al-Falak, which is headquartered in Al-Khobar and operates offices throughout the Gulf, will act as UK-based Halcyon's representative in the GCC region.

Al-Falak is licensed to offer the company's full range of systems management software, which encompasses 29 individual products that help end-users automate their IT operations. Halcyon's products run on a number of platforms, such as Windows, Unix, Linux and Netware, and are aimed at large enterprises, data centres and SMEs.

Ahmed Ali Ashadawi, CEO at Al-Falak, believes the agreement will strengthen its position in the market. "Halcyon's full range of products will help us expand our extensive portfolio of IT solutions that address the various requirements of our international clients," he said. "Halcyon will likewise benefit from this partnership by having direct access to our large network of partners and our vast experience in delivering services to high-profile clients across the region."

Al-Falak insists the partnership will give it extra ammunition at a time when it is looking to take advantage of burgeoning growth in the Gulf IT sector. IDC figures suggest total expenditure on technology in the Gulf will rocket 15% to almost US$9 billion this year.

Al-Falak is a subsidiary of Al-Khaleej Group, which boasts activities spanning IT and communications, technical training and education, and investment. The group employs more than 2,300 staff and its operations are worth approximately US$140m.

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