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Oman unveils national project to strengthen digital economy

Oman unveils national project to strengthen digital economy

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Technology powerhouse Oracle has announced that the government of the Sultanate of Oman has selected Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer to support its national initiative to accelerate Digital Transformation across more than 120 government and semi-government entities with an integrated government cloud (G-Cloud) platform.

The initiative is led by the Oman Information and Communications Technology Group (OICTG), a new entity established by the Oman Investment Authority (OIA).

Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer provides the government with a fully-managed cloud region that brings all of Oracle’s second generation cloud services, including Autonomous Database, to the government’s data centres.

Al Sayyid Kamil bin Fahad Al Said, Chairman, OICTG, said: “At OICTG, our aim is to design digital initiatives to strengthen the country’s digital economy in line with Oman’s Vision 2040 framework. We are working towards creating an integrated cloud-ready modern IT infrastructure that provides seamless scalability, agility and security with a compelling cost of ownership.”

Al Mandhari, CEO, OICTG explained that the co-operation with Oracle demonstrates OICTG’s focus on innovation and Fourth Industrial Revolution trends which include migrating on-premises Oracle ERP and CRM applications to a cloud environment, developing customised cloud-native applications and exploring the implementation of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Big Data and high-performance computing (HPC), while following Oman’s data sovereignty regulations.

“Oracle Dedication Region Cloud@Customer in Oman will help us explore several dynamic use cases for Omani government entities,” he said.

Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer enables customers to run an entire IT portfolio on cloud infrastructure with physical control of infrastructure and data to help meet the most demanding data sovereignty requirements.

In addition, the fully managed cloud region provides strong isolation of customer data, including all API operations which remain local to the government’s data centres and provide the highest levels of security.

Oracle Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer will provide significant cost benefits to more than 120 Omani government entities under the Oman G-Cloud initiative. Omani government entities will also be able to drive agility by quickly bringing new applications and services online in an efficient and cost-effective manner compared to an on-premises platform.

Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Senior Vice President, Technology, MEA and CEE at Oracle, said making cloud innovation more accessible to governments and enterprises with superior security, infrastructure, performance, reliability and data management is a key priority for Oracle.

“The Sultanate of Oman’s ‘cloud first’ national strategy to drive socio economic success for the country is inspiring. Government entities in Oman will now be able to quickly respond to changing economic conditions by rapidly scaling and introducing secure innovative services,” he said.

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