New Assignment: Samer Alkharrat – SAP

Each month ACN hears from a Middle East IT executive or CIO who is just starting out on a new venture

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New Assignment: Samer Alkharrat – SAP Samer Alkharrat is now responsible for SAP’s MENA operations. (ITP Images)
By  Ben Furfie Published  September 27, 2010

Each month ACN hears from a Middle East IT executive or CIO who is just starting out on a new venture.

Name: Samer Alkharrat
New role: Managing Director, MENA, SAP
Previous role: Managing Director, Gulf & Pakistan, Cisco
Years in the industry: 16

What does you new role involve?

My new role will be to continue the successful journey that my predecessor started and to continue to grow the business and deliver high performance value to small, medium and large enterprises throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.

How much of your time are you expecting to spend travelling around the Gulf?

Well, I’m never in the office to be honest with you! Not many of us at SAP are. The MENA region is diverse, as you know. I’ll be spending a significant amount of time in the field with my local teams.

What made you choose SAP?

From a personal perspective, SAP is the number one company in business software, and it’s no different in this region. It has grown fivefold in the last five years. I honestly believe this is one of the best places to work and to develop my career in the industry. It has a proven track record globally, helping both small and large enterprises and its now the fastest growing software company in the region. It’s an opportunity I’ve been waiting for for a long time and there’s no place I’d rather be.

What can we expect from SAP this year?

Nothing but the best. We’re continuing to focus on high quality deployment of our business software, applications and timely delivery of projects for those customers who’ve decided to invest with us.  And for those still looking, we’re eager to earn their business.

We’re at a tipping point when it comes to the maturity of the market. We’re beginning to see a shift from a focus on hardware towards software. The region has built the basic infrastructure such as cabling, and it is now finishing projects, such as datacentres. The next couple of years are going to be focused on developing the software platform in the region, and SAP will be focused on achieving that.

What is your message to CIOs?

SAP is here, it has the value you’re looking to put into your business. We’re robust, we have the strong presence and the commitment you’re looking for too. We’re one of the fastest growing software companies in the region and we have the competency to take your business to the next level.

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