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Oman: OQ, the Global Integrated Energy Group, has entered into a significant agreement with tech giant SAP. This agreement marks a pivotal moment for OQ as they become the first user of SAP’s solutions in Oman.

The deal includes OQ adopting various solutions, such as “Rise with SAP,” and operating SAP’s integrated ERP system and assets within a newly established local data center.

Moreover, SAP has also announced the launch of its first Private Cloud Data Center in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT). This data center will play an essential role in realizing Oman Vision 2040 by accelerating innovation, promoting cloud adoption, and enabling businesses across 25 industries to leverage the benefits of SAP’s cloud solutions.

Expectations from this partnership

Dr. Al Shidhani, Undersecretary of the MTCIT, commented on the launch, stating that the local SAP cloud service aligns with the Ministry’s commitment to efficient digital systems and solutions. Moreover, the adoption of cloud computing, along with advanced technologies like AI and machine learning, is expected to foster innovation among Omani entities.

Further, through the utilization of cloud computing, OQ aims to harness the advantages offered by SAP S/4HANA ERP. This transformative solution offers increased efficiency, comprehensive operational visibility, and enhanced decision-making capabilities.

Emphasizing the partnership’s significance, Maryam Al Shaibani, Vice President of Integrated Digital Solutions at OQ, stated, “This will not only enhance the quality of data retention but also accelerate the digital transformation process within the Sultanate of Oman. Additionally, it will foster the development of competent national talents across various technological fields, aligning with the objectives of Oman Vision 2040 in the realm of digital transformation.”

Furthermore, in support of the nation’s digital transformation, OQ and SAP are actively seeking collaboration with the MTCIT to foster the development of emerging talent. They aim to provide comprehensive training programs for Omani nationals in technology, business, and behavioral skills. SAP’s Young Professionals Programme in Oman has already trained 140 university graduates in core and emerging technologies.

Alaa Jaber, Managing Director for SAP Fast Growth Markets, highlighted the significance of SAP’s investment in cloud and skills development in Oman. He emphasized the opportunity for Omani businesses to expedite their transition to the private cloud, unlock the advantages of cloud computing, and future-proof their operations.

The SAP Data Center

The SAP Data Centre, now operational, offers businesses the flexibility to adopt SAP cloud solutions or transfer their existing cloud computing data to be hosted within Oman. Additionally, this versatile data center serves various industries, ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations and safeguarding sensitive information. The collaboration between OQ and SAP signifies a major stride towards digital transformation in Oman, empowering businesses to embrace innovative solutions and drive their growth journey.