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SCA first in UAE government to go with Windows 7

Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority is the first federal government authority to implement the new Windows 7 OS.

SCA first in UAE government to go with Windows 7
The UAE's Securities and Commodities Authority says that it has more than 200 users of Windows 7.

Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority has become the first federal government authority in the UAE to switch to Microsoft's highly-touted Windows 7 operating system.

The authority claims that the deployment allows them to deliver new services more quickly and efficiently, and is part of an overall movement to adopt Microsoft platforms throughout its infrastructure. It began with an initial pilot programme of ten users in 2009 and today counts some 200 individuals as using the OS.

Mohammed Khalifa Al Hadari, SCA's Deputy CEO for Organisational and Supporting Services Affairs said: "The Securities and Commodities Authority is responsible for the regulation of the UAEs capital markets, so we need to ensure that we use state-of-the art technology that provides advanced corporate data management and security and improves best practices. Windows 7 was the most obvious choice for its feature rich functionality and ability to deliver and manage user experiences and applications while increasing technological efficiency within the organisation at reduced costs. So, under the guidance of the SCA board and CEO and the directives of H.E. Abdullah Salem Al Turifi, SCA Chief Executive Officer, we implemented Windows 7 across the organisation and are very pleased with the way this new operating system works."

Wilson Xavier, Windows Business Group Lead for Microsoft Gulf added: "Windows 7 delivers the fundamental performance, reliability and security features that organisations today are looking for. Additionally, businesses can expect significant advancements in their PC, server, web and application management infrastructure thereby delivering higher returns on investment. In the Gulf, we are seeing high levels of interest and adoption of Windows 7 by organisations such as the Securities and Commodities Authority that want to transform the way they manage their infrastructure. We commend SCAs vision for using the latest technologies and for being one of the early adopters of Windows 7."

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