Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 47 | Page 81

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// t cht lk iGA’s Chief Executive, Mohammed Ali AlQaed, said: “Bahrain is committed to becoming a country in the cloud and we will be able to accelerate our journey with the launch of the AWS Region in Bahrain. By December of this year, we will have 30% of all 72 government entities migrated to AWS and by June 2020, we expect to have most government data centres shut down, while the rest are minimised allowing us to focus resources on projects that benefit our citizens and dramatically improve the overall availability and durability of government applications and data.” An example of a government entity that turned to the agility and speed of AWS is Bahrain’s National Bureau of Revenue (NBR), which needed to quickly and efficiently launch the country’s Value Added Tax (VAT) system. Rana Faqihi, Assistant Undersecretary for Development and Revenue Policies at Bahrain Ministry of Finance, said: “The National Bureau of Revenue needed a solution that would enable a seamless VAT rollout, without delays and with the highest levels of security. By launching SAP S/4 Hana on AWS, the NBR was able to go to market in “ WE WILL NOW BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM DATA CENTRES WITH LOWER LATENCY IN THE REGION. just under two months while lowering costs by 40%. Eliminating the need to manage IT infrastructure allowed us to focus on successfully reaching an important milestone in Bahrain’s economic development. “The launch of the new AWS Region in Bahrain is allowing public and private sector organisations to realise the full potential of the cloud.” The most well-known and fastest growing businesses in the Middle East are also choosing AWS to launch and grow. Careem started working with AWS in 2012 to help Dr Werner Vogels, CTO, on stage discussing AWS’s opening of the new Bahrain region it scale fast and wide across 14 countries in under seven years. Careem currently hosts 33 million customers and one million drivers on its platform and has expanded its services to offer on demand deliveries as well as its original core business of ride hailing. Magnus Olsson, Chief Experience Officer and co-founder of Careem, said: “When we started building Careem, we knew that the ability to scale fast, and in a secure and reliable way, would be critical to our long- term success. As one of AWS’s early adopters in the region, we have grown with them. Thanks to AWS, we have been able to focus our efforts on geographical and new vertical expansion and to innovate new technologies and services. “With the opening of the new AWS Middle East Region, we will now be able to benefit from data centres with lower latency in the region. AWS’s commitment to our region shows the enormous potential of the local technology scene and will be instrumental to the success of the new wave of start-ups to come. We look forward to having them as a strong contributor to the Middle East tech ecosystem.” n INTELLIGENTCIO 81