Mobilk - Smartworld, the leading system integrator and Digital ICT service provider in the Middle East, took the business community by surprise by launching local cloud computing, remotely- managed ICT infrastructure and security services, and BizPark solutions services for existing small and medium companies and new start-ups at all UAE free zones, during its participation at GITEX-2014 Technology Week at Dubai World Trade Centre from October 12 to 16.
Commenting about the launch of the new services, Mohamed Fouz, Smartworld CEO, said: “The three new revolutionary services will change the business model of companies and establishments and provide them with all the necessary tools they need not only to be digitally competitive, but also to protect their ICT infrastructure against increased and constantly changing threats, ease of access to markets and reduction in their overall ICT budgets by more than 40 per cent.”
“The new services which will be offered for the first time as a package will increase companies’ digital competitiveness, productivity, huge saving in energy and maintenance bills, efficient floor space usage and enhanced focus on their core business,” he added.
Smartworld’s top management team members explained various proven benefits and advantages of the new services to customers who expressed their strong interest in Smartworld’s wide range of digital products and solutions showcased at the company’s stand, co-located with Juniper’ booth in DWTC’s Hall 6 CLD5.
Smartworld’s local cloud computing service enables local companies to comply with a new UAE regulation prohibiting hosting governmental data on overseas servers, while providing international customers with customized settings to apply international and national regulations in their own countries.
Gartner, the leading ICT markets research company, predicts continued strong growth in public cloud services, with end-user spending on public cloud services, which grew 18 per cent in 2013, to hit a global figure of $131 billion. By 2015, that same market could be worth more than $180 billion.
More than 2,204 cloud services are in use across three million users across financial services, healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, media and services industries. On an average, 545 cloud services are in use by an organization on average, and the highest number of cloud services used by an organization is 1,769.
Managed Security Services (MSS) are of a paramount importance to companies facing an increasing wide range of varied and constantly changing threats. The managed security services market will become a $3.25 billion industry by 2018, up from $1.81 billion in 2013, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan. MSS saves at least 40 per cent of operating expenses (OPEX) compared to companies which have their own internal security operations center and teams.
Bizpark services provided to existing small and medium companies and new start-ups in all UAE free zones and business incubators, which house more than 15,000, allow them to reduce operational capital needed to start their businesses. Bizpark line of services include computers, tablets, smart phones, telephone lines and internet, networks security, E-mail and private and public cloud computing.
According to IDC’s United Arab Emirates Vertical Markets 2013-2017 IT Spending Forecast, the Business IT spending is predicted to touch $4.63 billion in 2014 and the positive trend will continue until the year 2017. According to Gartner, the global spending on IT will reach $3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.1 per cent rise over the 2013 spending.
The Middle East is one of the fastest growing IT markets in the world, with $211 billion earmarked for IT spending in 2014, an eight per cent increase over the 2013 spending, and this figure is expected to jump to $243 billion by 2018, which represent 5.6 per cent of global IT spending. Business IT spending in UAE alone is expected to reach $4.63 billion in 2014.
ICT experts say the mushrooming mix of devices, applications, networks and services will open up a whole new world for the systems integration industry in terms of growth through providing their customers with tailored solutions enabling them go digital and compatible with changing business environment.
GITEX, ranked as the world’s third largest ICT exhibition and the most important ICT event in Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, brings together the global ICT industry key players under one roof.
Participating in major ICT exhibitions like GITEX has enabled Smartworld to highlight its continuous commitment to position itself as a world leading digital solutions and service provider.
Smartworld, established in 2008 as a joint venture between Etisalat and Dubai World Central (DWC), has a strong track record of successful deployments and implementations of state-of-the-art ICT systems in a number of giant national projects in UAE, including the IT system at Al Maktoum International Airport at DWC and the installation and implementation of a first-of-its-kind Open and Equal AccessGigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) at DWC.
The company’s success is based upon its world-class IT infrastructure, a full spectrum of tailored high-value integrated services, extremely talented and well-trained team of engineers and consultants, quick response to customers’ needs and textbook-perfect adherence to schedules, budgets and quality standards.
Over the years, Smartworld utilized GITEX platform to enhance its relationships with current customers, attract new customers and strengthen cooperation with international and local strategic partners, increase awareness about the company’s products and services while it got the opportunity for a better understanding of the needs of its customers and provide them with products and solutions that allow them to concentrate on their core businesses and create a value addition to their operations.
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