Al-Bawardi restructures its IT resell business

Compubase now integrated into the operations of Itqan

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Al-Bawardi restructures its IT resell business Feras Al-Jabi says recent internal changes at Itqan are designed to ensure the group retains its competitiveness.
By  Andrew Seymour Published  August 11, 2010

Al-Bawardi Enterprises (AE) has restructured its technology division in the wake of what it calls a "particularly tricky and unpredictable" IT market.

The company has confirmed that the restructuring includes the integration of Compubase into its system integrator ITQAN's operations. Compubase specialises in offering a range of training and development services. 

Al-Bawardi's claims the re-jig is designed to help it maintain its edge and remain resilient against the challenges facing the Middle East channel now, adding that the unpredictability of the market "calls for constant realignment and planning".

The shifting of the Compubase business into Itqan comes as the integrator puts e-learning solutions at the forefront of its business. 

Following a partnership with talent development solutions firm, SumTotal Systems, Itqan now has projects underway in a leading governmental body in Dubai and two investment firms in Abu Dhabi. 

Al-Bawardi says this required it to revise the business model of Compubase and amalgamate it with Itqan's e-learning and talent development focus.

"To capitalise on Itqan's presence in the UAE , and the potential of Compubase's line of solutions, this consolidation of AE's technology services was the most ideal step to take in order to keep AE's competitiveness," said Feras Al-Jabi, general manager of Itqan. 

"In the end, Itqan and Compubase are IT institutions and part of the same mother company, so their respective visions were always aligned and associated with one another," he added.

Al Bawardi is not ruling out a new set-up for Compubase in the future, but will wait for Itqan to solidify the reach of its training solutions in the market first.

"Itqan is an institutional organisation by nature, and to have it as the curator of training and development services complements this perfectly," said Al-Jabi. "We are sure that Itqan will take from where Compubase has left off, and further enhance this horizontal and bring about a substantial and noteworthy improvement of the e-learning arena."

Itqan recently opened an office in Al-Ain and intends to add a further base in the UAE later this year, strengthening existing operations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The company is one of the largest systems integrators in the Middle East, partnering with vendors such as Cisco, Dell, HP, Oracle and Microsoft.

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