Cloud Enables Saudi Arabia’s Future Tech, Says 83 Percent of IT Decision-Makers

Wednesday 17 October 2018
Khaled Alsaleh, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia
Riyadh - MENA Herald:

Cloud is the foundation for Saudi business and Smart Cities innovation, with 83 percent of IT-decision makers saying cloud is important for integrating artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, and blockchain, according to a new YouGov survey launched today during GITEX Technology Week.

Public-private partnerships are bringing to life Smart City deployments, especially NEOM. Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Smart Cities, SAP is the first multi-national enterprise applications company to invest in and go live on a Digital Hub and cloud data center in Saudi Arabia. As a result, Saudi Arabia’s Smart Cities can run in real-time, integrate emerging technologies, and meet data sovereignty regulations.

“Cloud has reached the tipping point in Saudi Arabia, with fourth-fifths of IT decision-makers recognizing how the cloud is vital for scaling innovations for Intelligent Enterprise and Smart Cities,” said Khaled Alsaleh, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia. “Intelligent Enterprises, and Smart Cities such as NEOM, can leverage emerging technology innovations to meet and predict citizens’ needs in real-time, enhance urban competitiveness, and transform the economy, society, and environment in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”

Saudi Arabia has strong potential for the cloud to enable Saudi Vision 2030 and Smart Cities, which is agreed upon by two-thirds (66 percent) of IT decision-makers in the Kingdom, the survey adds.

“As Saudi cloud adoption is set grow in maturity through 2019, a majority of respondents understand the benefits of the cloud in enabling Saudi Vision 2030 and Smart Cities, and integrating emerging technologies,” said Kerry McLaren, Director Omnibus, YouGov MENA. “Saudi Arabia’s organizations and Smart Cities can integrate emerging technologies to develop cloud-native applications and optimize citizen experiences.”

The YouGov survey covered 306 CIOs and IT decision-makers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

During GITEX, visit the SAP stand at the Dubai World Trade Centre – Hall 6 from 14-18 October 2018.

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