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Cisco on show at Al Jammaz

Al Jammaz, an authorised Cisco distributor in the Kingdom, is once again making its presence felt this week, showing the full range of value-added services and local touch that make it the partner of choice for networking resellers and integrators in Saudi Arabia.

Al Jammaz, an authorised Cisco distributor in the Kingdom, is once again making its presence felt this week, showing the full range of value-added services and local touch that make it the partner of choice for networking resellers and integrators in Saudi Arabia. With networking spend looking strong for 2006 and beyond in Saudi Arabia, Al Jammaz is optimistic about the potential for future growth.

A recent study showed that Saudi IT investments in government and healthcare departments are resulting in significant benefits for citizens in the Kingdom, despite the limitations of existing network infrastructure and bandwidth constraints. The Net Impact study, which was sponsored by networking giant Cisco and under the patronage of the Ministry of Communications and IT, compared government and healthcare operations and services in Saudi Arabia to other countries in Europe and found Saudi organisations to be leading in most areas. The recently released study, which was carried out in 2005, compared the technologies present in Saudi to those found in European countries in 2004.
The study discovered that technology use had helped Saudi Arabian public sector departments boost customer satisfaction by 44% in the last year alone.

The Net Impact study interviewed 38 Saudi Arabian public sector organisations, half of which were in the government sector and half in healthcare. A quarter of the organisations studied had 99% or less network availability and nearly half had bandwidth of 128Kbps or less.

“This research clearly demonstrates that various public sector organisations in Saudi Arabia are advanced in many aspects of networking and technology,” says His Excellency Mohamed Jamil Al Mula, Minister of Communications and IT, Saudi Arabia. “These examples of best practice are focusing on accelerating the speed at which their organisations operate and on expanding citizen-services capacity using existing resources. We must all aim to follow these examples to drive the productivity of our nation and keep on investing in our infrastructure and our citizens,” continues Al Mula.

Paul Mountford, president of emerging markets at Cisco, adds: “Saudi Arabian connected organisations have already adopted many of the best practices identified in the 2004 study. As a result, many of the benefits of their IT investments are being realised. To be able to compete in the digital economy now and in the future it is imperative to invest in the business and technical skills of a nations workforce,” continues Mountford.

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