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DIFC will gain a clearer view of operations

“The impressive number of international financial institutions that have already taken presence in DIFC in a relatively short time is a good indication of the huge value offering that DIFC is capable of extending to such institutions,” Darri added. “We are very proud to be part of the DIFC success story.”

Listing the benefits mySAP will provide to DIFC, Darri said the solution will dramatically speed up the time in which DIFC can deploy services and will provide the organisation with a clearer overview of its different operations.

SAP is expected to bring to DIFC almost immediate benefits by capitalising on SAP best practice to shorten the implementation timeframe and provide cost savings across DIFC and its subsidiaries.

“DIFC is split into a number of legal entities and SAP will help DIFC gain full visibility into their operations across the subsidiaries and lines of business they are running,” Darri said. “SAP will make sure that every stakeholder is going to see in a real time fashion, the complete 360 degrees picture of their role within one system.”

He went on to say that this would provide DIFC with a competitive edge and would create a secure IT environment for the organisation.

“That makes access and security very controllable especially within a financial services organisation where security and transparency need to be maintained in line with each other,” Darri commented, adding that the solution would enable DIFC to effectively keep track of the various construction projects taking place within DIFC and to streamline the financial accounting and posting of invoices associated with the projects.

Darri said he expected the implementation to be a “smooth road”, although delays could be caused by having to interface the ERP solution with third party reporting systems within DIFC itself and the organisations it is associated with — most notably Dubai Government.

However, he described this as a “delaying factor” rather than a “show stopper”.

In June this year IT Weekly reported that DIFC had deployed Novell’s Identity Manager solution across the backbone of its network to address its security and compliance needs and help manage access to the services offered by the ERP system.

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