OQ becomes SAP’s first private cloud customer in Oman

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OQ has partnered with SAP, in alignment with Oman’s Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT), to pioneer cloud integrated solutions in Oman. This partnership is the introduction of an SAP Data Center into the country and is set to pave the way for accelerated digital innovation.

OQ will utilize a range of solutions, including the Business Transformation as a Service (BTaaS), adopting RISE with SAP to run its solutions and use integrated ERP for all of its business assets. This will be done on the new in-country data center, making the company the first SAP private cloud customer in Oman.

By moving to the cloud, OQ will leverage the benefits of SAP S/4HANA ERP, which include increased efficiencies, visibility and control over all operations. The solution looks to automate business processes and deliver real-time analytics, enabling data-driven decision-making to respond with agility to new opportunities and changes in the market.

The Omani data center is ready for immediate use by businesses who wish to adopt SAP cloud solutions or existing cloud computing clients who wish to transfer their information to be hosted within Oman. It can support companies across all industries, including the oil and energy sector, education, higher education, health facilities, local companies and other sensitive entities with confidential information that remains securely stored within the Sultanate.

H.E. Dr Ali Al Shidhani, undersecretary for communications and information technology at the MTCIT, said: “The launch of a local SAP cloud service that enables companies to securely store their information within Oman’s borders is aligned with the MTCIT’s commitment to creating efficient digital systems and solutions as set out in the four-track digital transformation program we announced last year.

“We believe the move will inspire new public and private sector digital transformation agendas as well as innovation as Omani entities start to leverage the benefits of cloud computing, including advanced technologies such as AI and machine learning.”

Maryam Al Shaibani, vp information and digital solutions at OQ, said: “As OQ becomes the first partner in Oman with SAP International under this agreement will enhance confidence for the transition of Omani companies to cloud systems, which will improve the quality of data retention and accelerate the digital transformation process in the Sultanate of Oman and develop national competencies in various fields of technology, this comes in line with achieving the goals of Oman Vision 2040 in the field of digital transformation.”

To support the country’s digital transformation, OQ and SAP are also exploring collaborating with the MTCIT to develop emerging talent by training Omani nationals through in-country, global and virtual programs covering technology, business and behavioral skills. This effort includes participation in SAP’s Young Professionals Program in Oman, which has already trained 140 university graduates in core and emerging technologies.