Microsoft ecosystem to add 23,800 jobs in UAE over next five years: IDC

Cloud services will create a further 31,650 new jobs, as spending on public cloud services almost quadruples in the country over the period

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Microsoft ecosystem to add 23,800 jobs in UAE over next five years: IDC IDC report shows that private and public organisations have realised the benefits of digital transformation, Hashish said.
By  David Ndichu Published  October 7, 2018

Microsoft’s technology ecosystem will add 23,800 jobs in the UAE by the end of 2022, IDC says in a new report.

The larger cloud services market will create a further 31,650 new jobs in the next five years in the country, the research firm adds. Spending on public cloud services in the UAE will almost quadruple over that time, from AED 439 million in 2017 to AED 1.51 billion in 2022, IDC says.

The Microsoft ecosystem – the companies that sell, service, deploy, or otherwise work with Microsoft products – supported more than 71,250 workers in 2017. The ecosystem itself is a prolific generator of downstream revenues, accounting for AED10.16 for every AED 1 that Microsoft produces, according to IDC estimates.

“Digital transformation has the power to engage customers and citizens, empower employees, optimise operations and reinvent products and services,” said Sayed Hashish, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf. “IDC’s report clearly shows that private and public organisations have realised these benefits, and are directly or indirectly creating jobs as they invest in their futures. Microsoft is proud of its record of job creation in the UAE, the wider GCC and beyond. Acceleration of economic growth and innovation and the downstream revenue that comes from the Microsoft ecosystem are natural outcomes from our efforts to help every individual and organisation on the planet to achieve more.”

IDC analysts also investigated the possible knock-on effects of cloud adoption. The use of public cloud services, combined with investments in private and hybrid cloud solutions, will “enable organisations in UAE to innovate and achieve their [digital] transformation goals,” the White Paper posited. The benefits emanating from this digital transformation trend are set to generate around AED 20 billion in net new revenues over the next five years.

In March, Microsoft announced that it would open dedicated cloud datacentres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to serve customers across the Middle East and Africa. The company believes the provision of cloud services through regional data centres will help start-ups to more quickly realise their potential, as well as accelerating the adoption of public cloud services within government agencies and regulated industries such as banking and finance, telecoms and healthcare.

“As cloud continues to gain momentum in the region, countries will be able to accelerate their digital transformation and economic diversification agendas.” said Megha Kumar, research director - software & cloud, IDC Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “Cloud will enable innovative projects that revolve around artificial intelligence (AI), enterprise mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain. It will also create demand for new skill types and expertise in the market. We will begin to see a shift in the job types that will be needed by organizations, with new roles coming in to play. These will range from AI and blockchain architects and data scientists to AI systems trainers.” 

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