IBM announces cloud computing initiative in Egypt
IBM Cloud and ITIDA to provide cloud computing opportunities to 100 software vendors in Egypt
IBM has announced that it will provide cloud computing expertise to one-hundred Egyptian software companies to help drive innovation and new cloud development skills.
The announcement is part of a collaborative agreement with the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), in which IBM will offer its expertise to the ISVs with the aim of boosting Egypt's efforts to become a centre of cloud computing excellence in the region.
"The IBM initiative is an important step towards stimulating the growth of cloud computing applications, expertise, knowhow, promoting the culture, and use of ‘Applications as a Service (AAS)' in the market, particularly in the Middle East and Africa," said Hussein El Gereitly, CEO of ITIDA.
As part of the agreement, IBM will also educate and train the participating software developers on how to develop and port their solutions to different IBM cloud computing platforms such as Softlayer infrastructure and Bluemix.
"This project is part of our ongoing commitment to the local market. It will enable these companies to grow without large capital costs. This is a real bonus for Egypt's fast-growing entrepreneurial clusters, which often lack funding or physical IT infrastructure," said Amr Talaat, country general manager, IBM Egypt.
The first 20 companies to benefit from this collaboration were announced at a ceremony in Cairo today and ITIDA will choose the remaining ISVs in groups of twenty, every three months.