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Gulf chapter of ASP Industry Consortium launched at DIC

Aim of the group to "act as a forum for discussing guidelines for the industry and for ASP players to network with vendors, partners and other companies."

The first regional chapter of the Application Service Provider Industry Consortium (ASPIC), an international advocacy group for the fast growing ASP industry, has been launched at Dubai Internet City (DIC) with the aim to play a leading role in developing the new ASP delivery model in the region.

Globally, ASPIC has signed up more than 700 members from 33 countries, and has been instrumental in developing common definitions for the industry, sponsoring research, promoting best practices as well as articulating the measurable benefits of the ASP delivery model.

“it is an exciting time in the region for innovative business solutions like the ASP model,” said Ahmad bin Byat, chief executive officer of DIC. “DIC is keen to promote the nascent ASP industry’s growth here. DIC can facilitate access to a large customer base as well as promote the awareness of ASPIC’s activities and objectives. We are looking forward to working with members of the Middle East chapter of ASPIC and the IT industry to create awareness about the benefits of the ASP model.”

Members of the consortium include ASPGulf, Microsoft, Great Plains Software ME, Batelco Jeraisy, Saijjad Haider, Al Waha, Applied Computer Services, Afcomp, Cisco, Avaya and Sun Microsystems. These members have elected Duncan Watson, CEO of ASPGulf as interim chairman of the group.

“The ASP model will not only change the way we do business, but also has the potential to drive the world’s economy— but only if we work together to educate the market about the benefits of our services,” said Watson. “Our goals in the Middle East go beyond educating the marketplace: we also aim to act as a forum for discussing guidelines for the industry and for ASP players to network with vendors, partners and other companies who can help them deliver the highest quality services for our customers.”

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