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|17 October, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s future technology to be enabled by cloud

Saudi Arabia has strong potential for the cloud to enable Saudi Vision 2030 and Smart Cities

Aerial view of the Riyadh cityscape against the sky during sunset. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Aerial view of the Riyadh cityscape against the sky during sunset. Image for illustrative purposes only.

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Cloud enables Saudi Arabia’s future technology including business and smart cities innovation, according to 83 per cent of IT decision makers, revealed a new YouGov survey launched during Gitex Technology Week.

IT-decision said that cloud is important for integrating artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, and blockchain, according to the survey.

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 centre in Saudi Arabia.

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As a result, Saudi Arabia’s Smart Cities can run in real-time, integrate emerging technologies, and meet data sovereignty regulations.

Khaled Alsaleh, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, said: “Cloud has reached the tipping point in Saudi Arabia, with fourth-fifths of IT decision-makers recognising how the cloud is vital for scaling innovations for Intelligent Enterprise and Smart Cities.”

“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,” he said.

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 added.

Kerry McLaren, director Omnibus, YouGov Middle East and North Africa (Mena), said: “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.”

“Saudi Arabia’s organisations and Smart Cities can integrate emerging technologies to develop cloud-native applications and optimize citizen experiences,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service

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