As organisations in the Middle East continue to adopt open source solutions and open standards in their IT environments, Redhat, a global maker of open source software believes now is the right time for it to take its solutions to the next level.
For Redhat, the fact that organisations in both the private and government sectors are looking at or in some cases have already adopted open-source software is encouraging.
Sherif AbdElGawad, Regional Services Director at Redhat Middle East and Africa, says the focus in the Middle East is around the expansion of skills development around open source technologies.
AbdElGawad says through the Redhat Academy, the company is already talking to universities in the region with the sole purpose of engaging with them on specific IT issues that relate to open source software and the entire open source ecosystem.
AbdElGawad says this an opportunity for for Redhat as virtualisation, cloud computing and shared services are top of the agenda for the coming year.
With most companies in more mature markets moving from cloud computing to shared services, AbdElGawad says in the Middle East region cloud computing has not really taken off but it is an area that has huge business potential for Redhat and its ecosystem.
AoAs the channel is the extended sales arm of Redhat, we are developing programmes that ensure that they are well trained and can provide competent support to their end-user clients.