Saudi MCIT to power kingdom’s digital ecosystem with Germany’s SAP

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Germany-based SAP, the global technology company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to power the kingdom’s communications and information technology landscape and to capitalize on SAP’s thought leadership on technology innovation.

MCIT and SAP will collaborate in various areas of joint cooperation that will take advantage of SAP’s cloud and on-premise software solutions, as well as training and knowledge transfer initiatives. The partnership will establish a specialized SAP training program to develop the skills of young Saudi professionals in core and emerging technologies.

In addition, the areas of cooperation start with boosting Riyadh’s position as a technology hub to accelerate technology adoption through an advanced ecosystem.

Nawaf Alhoshan
Nawaf Alhoshan
Deputy Minister of Technology

“Our partnership with SAP will accelerate our ambitious goals to accelerate the Kingdom’s role as a global technology hub and will enable a more robust digital experience across various sectors. The collaboration will also ensure skills development and entrepreneurial enablement by assisting and helping start-ups scale through, and optimize the Kingdom’s economic diversification strategy towards a digital economy.”

The planned collaboration will also include efforts to digitalize the public sector, with a goal to support and accelerate the Kingdom’s digital transformation. SAP will work with MCIT to accelerate the diversification of investments in the Kingdom through its presence and expertise while providing cloud services and software technology solutions in the telecoms and smart cities domain.

Recently, Saudi Arabia-based Quantum Switch Tamasuk (QST) signed an agreement with the MCIT to develop and operate new data centers with a total capacity of 300MW by 2026, in line with MCIT’s efforts to transform the kingdom as a digital hub.

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