Posted on May 25, 2014

Microsoft Qatar today announced its plans for QITCOM 2014, providing visitors with access to its latest technology innovations in-line with current and emerging IT industry trends. The next generation Microsoft solutions will be available on interactive demonstration stations, with experts on hand to provide insight into the ways in which Microsoft is helping to empower businesses, educators, decision makers and individuals in Qatar and the region to do more of the activities they value the most.

In partnership with Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the Supreme Education Council, Microsoft Qatar will provide visitors with an opportunity to explore technology innovation that can enable them to carry out activities they value the most, whether they are at work, at home or on-the-go. Technology innovation that will be highlighted is aligned with the latest industry mega trends including Mobility, Cloud, Enterprise Social and Big Data.

Naim Yazbeck, Microsoft Qatar 1 [].jpgAt QITCOM, Microsoft will maintain a special focus on innovative products and services like Office 365 that support SMEs in Qatar’s rapidly expanding ICT sector. Visitors will see how Microsoft supports entrepreneurs at critical stages of their development, helping grow web presence, ecommerce, and cloud computing.

Microsoft Qatar General Manager Naim Yazbeck commented on Microsoft’s participation at QITCOM: “QITCOM is the place to see technology supporting Qatar’s national priorities and shaping Qatar’s future, particularly in the burgeoning ICT sector. Having partnered with over 300 small businesses and 150 startups in Qatar, Microsoft has deep roots in Qatar’s entrepreneurial and IT ecosystems and has been a partner in Qatar’s growth for more than a decade. Along with our partners at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the Supreme Education Council, we are eager to share the latest devices and services with innovators, consumers and businesses at QITCOM – one of Qatar’s and the region’s most powerful platforms for decision makers and thought leaders to convene, share ideas and move the industry forward.”

From its Azure cloud platform to the Surface tablet, Microsoft devices and services are making a real impact in Qatar by boosting creativity, productivity and competitiveness. Microsoft Qatar has collaborated with many entities from various sectors and hundreds of SMEs to provide innovative solutions and insights that support Qatar’s national priorities through technology.

Commenting on the participation at QITCOM, Abdul Salam Knio, Managing Partner of Information and Communication Technology W.L.L said: “As technology continues to bring more relevance to our daily personal and business lifestyles, mobility plays a pivotal role in enabling practical evolution to the user experience. While keeping enhanced productivity, convenience, and cost optimization in mind, mobility offers practical solutions that has and is continuously changing the way classical life used to be experienced. We, at Information and Communication Technology W.L.L., by combining our technical and business knowledge and partnering with key technology players, are able to offer those technologies to our customers, to enable them stay at the top of their competition.”

Boosted largely by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology’s National ICT Plan 2015, Qatar is expected to be the fastest growing IT market in the GCC until 2017, Business Monitor International (BMI) recently estimated.

Amal Ahmad Alkuwari, IT director of the Supreme Council of Education also commented on its participation at QITCOM: “We are pleased to continue collaboration with our local technology partner, Microsoft Qatar, at QITCOM 2014. This partnership reflects our commitment to educational excellence and empowering students with innovative and effective technology in the classroom – a key component of the National Vision for 2030. By supporting students and educators through thought-leading e-learning initiatives, we hope to build new skills and grow knowledge in Qatar now and for the future.”

Microsoft Qatar opened in Doha in 2003 with its offices located in Qatar Science & Technology Park. To experience more, visit Microsoft at stand B-24 or follow @Microsoft_Qatar.