Speaking to Muscat Daily on the sidelines of the event organised by Cisco and ODP for cloud computing at Grand Hyatt Muscat on Tuesday, the co-founder and managing director of ODP, Alain Sawaya, said, “We started our operations in mid-2012 and have received a positive response from corporates. In fact, Oman's first Islamic bank Bank Nizwa is operating with us. We have many insurance companies and some oil and gas companies working with us now. A lot of companies are looking forward to continue with us in 2013 for cloud-computing services.”
The event featured presentations on cloud computing. It also provided some simple and basic solutions that can be used to improve productivity, reduce capital expenditure, better manage workflow and concentrate on the business.
Sawaya said that ODP, in collaboration with Information Technology Authority (ITA), has also launched an initiative to provide cloud solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) . He said, “Basically we have built a simple, 'office-in-a-box' ERP solution that has project management, financial package, CRM solution, HR and content management on the cloud. Any SME can use it on a per-user basis at a cost of just around RO9.9 per month, instead of buying servers and installing ERP systems, which can be costly.”
Oman Data Park is a joint venture between Omantel and 4Trust. Omantel owns a majority 60 per cent stake in the subsidiary, which is being set up at Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).