The Information and eGovernment Authority and Microsoft are organizing a workshop on best government practices in cloud computing

Within the framework of the partnership to promote digital transformation in the Kingdom … and in the presence of 76 government agencies

Al-Qaeda: The Bahraini government is the first in the Middle East and North Africa region to move to cloud computing services (Microsoft 365)

Kingdom of Bahrain- Manama: Bahrain- The Information and eGovernment Authority, in collaboration with Microsoft, a leading technology company, organized a workshop reviewing the latest innovations by the company to information technology executives and heads in the information technology sector in various government agencies in the Kingdom of Bahrain offered. This step comes after the strategic partnership recently with the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, represented by the Information and eGovernment Authority, was renewed to support national efforts and accelerate the process of digital transformation in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In this regard, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, CEO of the Information and eGovernment Authority, emphasizes his wise leadership and valued government with unlimited support for the employment and adoption of modern and advanced technologies in the government sector and the importance of benefiting from them in a way that contributes to the development of a society based on data and information. He praised the national gains made in this regard, with knowledge of the existing cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and leading companies in the technical field, including Microsoft, which has played a crucial role in achieving national goals and supporting the digital transformation process in the Kingdom. Note that the renewal of the strategic partnership with the company will help to facilitate the transition to the next phase, which will enhance joint and tireless efforts to maintain the continuity of the provision of services with the same efficiency and quality, while economic growth and the lives of civilians and residents in Bahrain.

The CEO of the government added that the Kingdom of Bahrain was able to achieve regional leadership by first adopting the cloud computing policy in the government sector, and expressed its pride and pride that it is the first government in the Middle East and Africa which is entirely after cloud computing services (Microsoft 365), which has helped to support government work and improve its quality and output, noting that it has enabled it to take advantage of the many benefits that technology offers and a has given wide scope to support its efforts for digital transformation and business development in various fields in the Kingdom. their cloud computing, so this opportunity is an important opportunity to showcase the new capabilities that will be achieved through this partnership. ”

During the event, Al-Qaeda shared the details of the partnership between the government of Bahrain and Microsoft, and the fruits of this partnership and the doubling of government agencies’ benefit from the many benefits of the agreement that will benefit and through the use of

It is easy and smooth for technology to improve services through the use of information technology, in addition to providing a package of training programs and workshops for government agency employees in order to refine and develop national competencies working in the technology sector in government.

In turn, Sheikh Saif bin Hilal Al Hosani, General Manager of Microsoft Bahrain and Oman, said: “Microsoft has always been eager, in the context of its well-established relationship with the Government of Bahrain, to fulfill its obligations in promoting of the Kingdom’s use of advanced technologies and stimulating the launch of innovative initiatives and projects. The step of renewing the partnership is in line with these efforts, as we realize that advanced technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things potential and open new horizons for economic growth and the provision of advanced services. We look forward to fulfilling our duty in this partnership to support the government in seizing these opportunities. ”

During the workshop, the Information and eGovernment Authority reviewed the details of the contract supporting the existing partnership with Microsoft, where it explained the procurement mechanism and best practices that ensure the full benefit of the government agency contract. . In addition to emphasizing its team’s efforts and support to ensure business continuity and maximum benefit from the services provided, the government also reviewed its experience in the End Point Manager (Intune) cloud computing service, which is represented in the presentation of the best leading practices in managing users’ devices from computers and smartphones to work The necessary updates and improvements to operating systems and applications, which help to increase the level of protection and security and save time and effort.

Microsoft, in turn, has reviewed a set of its services, such as “Azure Service”, “Azure Market Place” and “Power Platform”, which would support the government of the Kingdom of Bahrain to provide services to its citizens, infrastructure modernize. , and improving cloud computing security and compliance standards. The company has also made recommendations on best measures and practices to improve the digital experience and rediscover the way services are provided to citizens and residents.

Based on the strategic partnership that Bahrain has had with Microsoft for 23 years, the renewal of the agreement enables the information and e-government authorities to benefit from the company’s services, to stimulate economic growth in the Kingdom of Bahrain , and the skills of government employees in line with Bahrain’s 2030 economic vision. It is noteworthy that the agreement includes more than 80,000 licenses for government agency employees, in addition to providing second and third tier technical support throughout the day and many workshops. The agreement also includes the activation of cloud computing services within the Microsoft 365 software package, as well as the creation of a platform for each party that includes virtual applications and applications that facilitate the flow of operations and increase the level of data security.

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