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German IT Firm to Expand Iraq Operations

By John Lee.

Germany’s largest company and the world’s leading business software company has announced it is ramping up operations in Iraq, according to Gulf Daily News.

The managing director of SAP Middle East North Africa, Sam Alkharrat (pictured), told the newspaper:

Iraq is an exciting market for SAP … This is a country where IT innovation can be truly transformational and provide the very basis for a more sustainable, connected and empowered future that not only capitalises on natural resources, but also serves as the basis for a diverse, knowledge-based economy.

The Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region is pivotal to SAP’s strategy, with the company recently announcing a four-year additional spend plan across the region that entails hiring more than 500 additional employees, tripling the company’s existing consulting capabilities, opening several new offices and expanding the partner ecosystem and the SAP University Alliances programme.

Iraq figures strongly in SAP’s Mena expansion drive and, in February 2012, the company became one of the first companies to commit to an in-country business development presence.

(Source: Gulf Daily News)

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SAP Recruits New Iraq Executive

Business software provider SAP has recruited a new senior executive to drive business development across Iraq, according to Trade Arabia.

Mohammed Al Najjar, IT consultant and entrepreneur, will spearhead the new venture.

“Iraq is of considerable strategic importance to SAP, and we are honoured to be at the forefront helping the country embrace IT innovation as a means to power a better and more sustainable future,” said Sam Alkharrat, managing director, SAP Mena.

The German company is aiming to wield a considerable positive influence on the Iraqi public sector– from back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – with particular focus on innovations pertaining to human resources management, said a statement.

Its initiatives like the SAP university alliance is expected to boost local knowledge and stoke vocational skill sets.

The alliance provides university faculties with the tools and resources needed to teach students how technology can help enable integrated business processes and strategic thinking, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable skills with the potential to add immediate value to the Iraqi IT sector.

SAP’s plan to ramp up its business in Iraq comes at its best ever full-year and fourth quarter financial performance, which included a 25 per cent software revenue increase at constant currencies to €4 billion and IFRS total revenue of €14.23 billion, an increase of 14 per cent on 2010.

Al Najjar has over three decades experience of managing and implementing cutting-edge business solutions and introducing industry and global best practices, most recently as the founder of a Bagdad-based consultancy service, which served as a system integrator on behalf of companies like SAP, Microsoft and Cisco, and completed projects of note for entities such as the Iraqi Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Telecommunication.

(Source: Trade Arabia)

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