ITA and Microsoft discuss cloud for government

Workshop discusses how cloud solutions can empower digital government

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ITA and Microsoft discuss cloud for government Dr Al-Bulushi addressing the workshop.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 24, 2017

The Information Technology Authority and Microsoft Oman have held a discussion session on ‘Empowering Digital Government'.

The event attracted over 100 IT professionals and decision makers from 45 government entities, to discuss how cloud services can empower government and optimize efficiency.

The session introduced government decision makers and professionals to Microsoft's latest tools and solutions which aim to advance government priorities, driving good governance and promoting cost efficiencies.

Dr. Yaqoob Dur Al-Bulushi, deputy CEO for Infrastructure and eServices at ITA and Sheikh Saif Hilal Al Hosni, Microsoft Gulf Public Sector SMSP lead delivered the opening keynote, followed by presentations on Digital Transformation success stories from the government. The sessions elaborated on the public sector use-case scenarios of advanced technologies and how their adoption can further empower the robust digital transformation strategies and plans of Oman's Government entities.

"The Sultanate of Oman has been on a journey towards digital transformation for over a decade now by implementing e.oman Strategy which ITA is responsible for implementing in cooperation with the government and private sectors, spurred by the realization that technology can have a profound effect on all aspects of the society. We at ITA believe that digital and innovative solutions can help in transforming the country into a knowledge-based economy, leveraging technology as a key enabler, and as a means for economic diversification and sustained development. We are pleased to partner with Microsoft and host this event which focuses on showcasing Mycrosoft's efforts in offering innovative solutions such as cloud services to empower government and business  sector digital transformation and the delivery of efficient  eServices." Dr Al-Bulushi.

The Microsoft ‘Empowering Digital Government' event underscored the company's commitment to deliver trusted cloud and innovative productivity as well mobility solutions based on a citizen centric approach that provide a strong foundation for digital governments, and empower public sector employees to achieve more for the institutions, businesses and citizens they serve.

"Technology has continually served as a catalyst for change, progress and growth within many nations. To keep pace, government institutions of all sizes are transforming operations to embrace a changing society, a mobile-first culture, and a data driven economy," said Sherif Tawfik, Country General Manager, Microsoft Bahrain and Oman.

"Microsoft is committed to partnering with governments around the world to enable them to address societal challenges by harnessing the power of digital technologies in order to empower citizens, businesses and organizations. Our partnership with ITA reflects our ongoing efforts towards supporting the government of Oman in realizing its digitization goals, steering the country towards becoming a true digital society in line with its vision 2020."

Event agenda also included sessions on the ICT challenges facing government, and using cloud to improve efficiency and optimize costs.

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