DSOA, SAP plan new IT training centre
Dubai, August 2, 2012
The Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) has announced plans for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) to host an IT-specific training and development entity, which will be spearheaded by SAP Mena, a leader in business management software.
“The UAE’s Vision 2021 continues to serve as the fundamental framework for all Dubai-based entities,” said Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of DSOA.
“Dubai’s strategy is underpinned by technology, which is supported by innovation, research and science as key pillars for the development of a knowledge-based economy. Today, the signing of this agreement further enhances Dubai’s 2021 Vision into moving to an economy that is based on the development and creation of UAE’s local Emirati’s skills.”
Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, DSOA vice chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Since inception, DSO has attracted some of the world’s most dynamic and innovative companies. Following our recent success with Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai, we are pleased to announce yet another strategic partnership that will positively impact professionals not just in the UAE but also across the Mena region.”
“Our collaboration with a like-minded partner will definitely support our mission of further creating and developing a technology-based industry in the UAE. We are confident that working hand-in-hand with SAP to establish its training institute at DSO will ensure the effective fulfilment of their ambitious growth objectives in the Mena region.”
Plans for the training and development institute were initially discussed in March as a key part of a four-year additional investment plan by SAP to up-skill local talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in the Mena region.
“The institute is the direct result of addressing our market, customer and ecosystem needs, and will serve as a powerful engine to yield vital jobs, knowledge, innovation and infrastructure capable of progressively shaping Mena’s business future,” said Dr Werner Brandt, SAP chief financial officer and executive board member.
The training and development institute aims to certify 2,000 new consultants within the next four years, tripling the company’s existing consulting capabilities in the region, as well as accelerating and extending the localization and Arabization of SAP solutions to meet fast-growing regional industry needs.
The first mover initiative is also structured to shape the region’s IT future through co-creating and innovating solutions with partners, customers and independent software vendors in fields such as mobility, HANA, cloud, urban management, smart city functionalities, and Islamic banking.
Furthermore, there will be strong links with the SAP University Alliances program, which currently provides hands-on experience of key SAP technologies at 26 institutions across Mena — a figure set to double in the next four years — and the potential for collaborative participation in a network of global universities and research communities.
Based at DSO due to its combination of technological resource, geographic convenience and educationally conducive environment, the institute is explicitly structured to support countries across the Mena region, and there is potential to establish dedicated satellite operations in key SAP markets such as Saudi Arabia.
Sam Alkharrat, SAP Mena managing director, said: “This is a landmark day for SAP and further proof that we are dedicated to developing our business in the Mena region.”
“By moving forward with a project of this magnitude, we are laying down a highly effective infrastructure that will not only benefit us as a company, but also our customers and the regional economy. We will co-create and co-innovate with customers and partners, and the ripple effect will be felt well beyond the boundaries of the DSO campus,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service
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