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Microsoft hosts MEA Global Energy Forum

Oil & Gas executives hosted in Abu Dhabi for first Microsoft energy vertical event

Microsoft has hosted its first ever MEA Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi today.

The event brought together 300 executives from the oil & gas industry, to discuss technology for the sector, and wider issues facing the industry. Gerald Doucet, secretary general of the World Energy Council presented the keynote address at the event, which took place at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Ali Faramawy, vice president, Microsoft International said: "Meeting the challenges of global energy supply and demand depends on integrated business processes, breakthrough innovations and rock-solid business relationships. Oil and gas companies succeed when individuals and teams make better decisions faster, accelerating time to insight. The Microsoft Global Energy Forum is an important vehicle for oil and gas companies to explore the optimal solutions open to them, and look at what is in the innovation pipeline to stay ahead."

Microsoft strategic partners Accenture, Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS), The Information Store, OSlsoft, GE Fanuc and WellPoint Systems Inc were also present at the event.

Omar Saleh, oil and gas sales manager for Middle East and Africa at Microsoft commented: "With today's global reach for energy security, sustainability and efficiency, IT plays an ever-mounting role in empowering the industry. With our partners, through our Peak Performance Initiative, Microsoft is specifically addressing priorities in the oil and gas industry - including digital oilfield, integrated supply chain, health and safety performance, upstream integration, and capital projects intelligence - delivering solutions that are fully integrated across people, processes and technology."

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