Today in SAP: SAP Is Developing Talent in Dubai
- Posted 8/1/2012 by Scott Priest
SAP's expansion into the Middle East and Africa continues. Today the firm announced a facility to help train future developers in the region at the Dubai Silicon Office (DSO). The goal? Triple the number of qualified consultants in the region to 2,000 by 2016.
The press release reveals the thoughts of the head of the effort in the region:
The project is the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) first IT-specific training and development entity. It was announced today at a ceremony in Dubai attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA); Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, DSOA vice chairman and chief executive officer; Dr. Werner Brandt, SAP chief financial officer and executive board member; and Sam Alkharrat, SAP MENA managing director.
"The UAE's Vision 2021 continues to serve as the fundamental framework for all Dubai-based entities," said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. "Dubai's strategy is underpinned by technology, which is supported by innovation, research and science as key pillars for the development of a knowledge-based economy. Today, the signing of this agreement further enhances Dubai's 2021 Vision of moving to an economy that is based on the development and creation of the UAE's local Emiratis' skills."
The move speaks to SAP's co-innovation marketing push. You can't co-innovate if you don't have anyone who can be the "co" part of "co-innovate", after all. Helping more people become qualified will help push sales and encourage growth in the region.
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