HH Sheikh Ahmed inaugurates SAP training centre

Silicon Oasis project already producing ‘localised innovations’ for key MENA markets

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HH Sheikh Ahmed inaugurates SAP training centre His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, right, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority at the inauguration ceremony.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  November 7, 2012

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), yesterday officially inaugurated SAP's Training and Development Institute at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park.

The ceremony was attended by Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, vice-chairman and chief executive officer, DSOA; Shahla Abdul Razak, deputy CEO of DSOA; Dr Werner Brandt, SAP chief financial officer and executive board member; and Sam Alkharrat, SAP MENA managing director.

A collaboration between SAP MENA, a subsidiary of SAP AG, and DSOA, the venture is designed to serve the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through training and certifying SAP consultants, driving partner and customer co-innovation, and enhancing the localised SAP portfolio of solutions.

Twenty developers, language experts and product managers have taken up residence at the Training and Development Institute since the project was announced in March, and according to SAP, the team has achieved "notable results", including the localisation of SAP‘s Human Capital Management (HCM), Financials (FIN) and Fund Management solutions for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's public sector, as well as HCM and FIN solutions for Qatar's private sector to further complete SAP's broad local offerings. SAP is moving forward with plans to establish additional training institutes across the region.

Following the inauguration ceremony, HH Sheikh Ahmed witnessed a live Arabic demonstration of the SAP Customer Financial Fact Sheet, a mobile application that allows enterprises to stay up-to-date on the orders and financial status of their customers anywhere, anytime.

HH Sheikh Ahmed said: "The Training and Development Institute serves as a vital investment to up-skill local talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth across the region. While today represents the official inauguration of the UAE's first IT-specific education and development entity, we can notice the significant progress registered in building operational processes and concrete IT solutions that address country-specific needs. The importance of IT in shaping the MENA region's future cannot be underestimated and we are proud to partner with SAP to harness its potential in such an effective way."

The Training and Development Institute aims to certify 2,000 new SAP consultants within the next four years, tripling the company's existing consulting capabilities in the region, as well as accelerating and extending the localisation and Arabisation of SAP solutions to meet fast-growing regional industry needs.

"SAP's Training and Development Institute at DSO forms a key part of our growth strategy in the Middle East and North Africa," said Brandt.

 "Thanks to the support of His Highness and DSOA, we have created a powerful and progressive institution to shape the region's IT future through co-innovating with partners, customers and independent software vendors. Fields we focus on are mobility, in-memory computing, cloud, urban management and smart city functionalities. We now have the basis and momentum to extend the concept and create local branches of the Training and Development Institute in other parts of the region such as Saudi Arabia."

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