Middle East organizations can accelerate Internet of Things innovations and fuel the region’s USD 240 bn IT market, thanks to a new UAE-based, world-class private cloud data center-based service by Injazat Data Systems and SAP, the organizations announced today at IoTX 2016.
With over 50 billion things becoming connected to networks by 2030, the global Internet of Things market is set to reach USD 14.4 trn by 2022, according to SAP.
Demonstrating the strong Middle East opportunity potential, regional IT spend will reach USD 242 bn in 2019, with software services at USD 6.1 bn, growth of 42 % from 2015, according to Gartner.
"For the Middle East’s Internet of Things-fuelled Smart Cities and hyper-connected mega-events, organizations need real-time insights to simplify operations, gain new customer and citizen insights, and drive digital transformation. The UAE is an emerging player in cloud adoption, and is sharing global best practices to support the Middle East’s digital innovation agenda," said Ibrahim Lari, CEO, Injazat Data Systems.
Injazat Data Systems, wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, launched its UAE private cloud data center with SAP in October 2015, and is currently engaging with the first customer. The data center is designed to world-class standards to host SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud solutions.
Organizations across the Middle East and North Africa can use the secure SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud platform to run, in real-time, any SAP application on the cloud. These applications include enterprise resource planning, the next generation business suite SAP S/4HANA, Big Data and analytics, data storage, mobile apps, customer relationship management, and financials.
"Rapid cloud adoption is helping high-growth Middle East industries, from healthcare to sport, to leapfrog their European counterparts in saving costs, becoming more agile, and capturing the strong, evolving Internet of Things opportunity. Injazat’s UAE-based high availability Tier IV data center is delivering globally-recognized SAP cloud solutions to support the Middle East’s business innovation," said Tayfun Topko?, Managing Director, SAP UAE.
With the rapid take-up of cloud solutions requiring advanced technology skills, SAP is supporting the region’s workforce of the future. The SAP Training and Development Institute has partnered with more than 125 universities to train over 17,400 students, launched the Startup Focus program to incubate nine startups, and generated USD 91 m in MENA skills and knowledge since 2012.