Oman ITA renews Microsoft Licence Agreement
New agreement will update 36,000 systems with new Windows and Office
The Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman has announced that it has renewed its Microsoft Licence Agreement, which will allow 90 government organisations to upgrade to the latest Microsoft solutions.
The Licence Agreement is between ITA, Microsoft Corporation and Exceed IT Services, the implementation partner for the agreement. Under the renewed agreement, 36,000 Windows operating systems and Office applications will be upgraded to new versions.
The agreement also includes training for government employees in areas such as cybersecurity and new technologies, Microsoft will also support ICT SMEs as well as to support the ongoing Government eTransformation Plan.
An event was held to mark the renewal under the patronage of Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA and in the presence of Sheikh Saif Al Hosni, business development manager for Microsoft Oman and Mr. Fawzi Hamed Al Harrasi, CEO of Exceed.
Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA commented: "This agreement is very important to the government entities in the Sultanate where necessary licenses for Microsoft software used at the government institutions to contribute to the improvement of the ongoing efforts led by the government against cybercrimes and electronic piracy as per the international conventions.
"The agreement will also contribute to providing a good number of specialized training opportunities to government employees designed to develop professional skills in the use of such software and licenses. This is in addition to supporting Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMES) operating in the field of information and communication technology (ICT)," he added.
Other parts of the Licence Agreement include providing 30 travel opportunities for government employees to attend the Microsoft Ignite conference which is organised by Microsoft to foster their IT set skills and capabilities.
Microsoft will also provide a training program for job seekers with seminars on Microsoft technologies as well as active participation in other projects, to provide 80 fresh graduates with the theoretical and practical experience in IT to be ready to join the labour market.