Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 79 - Page 30



Microsoft recently announced the availability of a new wave of digitally transformative services on its Azure UAE Regions . The software giant has launched Azure Purview , Azure Arc enabled servers , Azure Communication Services , and Azure Machine Learning in its Azure UAE Regions . These latest services mean that regional Microsoft Cloud customers now have access to almost all of Azure ’ s tools , allowing them to leverage the full versatility and power of the trusted , intelligent Microsoft Cloud to accelerate their Digital Transformations .


The New York Academy of Sciences and Ericsson have partnered in a two-year programme to provide 200 students in Oman an opportunity to collaborate on a global “ Internet of Things ” ( IoT ) science , technology , engineering and mathematics ( STEM ) Innovation Challenge . Through the Academy ’ s Launchpad platform , teams of up to six students aged 13 to 17 are paired with a mentor who is a STEM professional , graduate student , or postdoctoral fellow . In the Fall Challenge , the teams designed smart homes that integrate technology to collect , process , and store environmental and health information .


Geidea , the largest FinTech company in Saudi Arabia by market share , recently announced that it has expanded its operations into the United Arab Emirates and will offer an extensive suite of valueadded services and seamless payment solutions by partnering with Magnati for UAE-based companies across retail , foof and beverage , wholesale , hospitality , and healthcare . Launched in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2008 , Geidea provides over 700,000 payment terminals ( POS ) across the region and serves over 139,000 trusted merchants including regional and international brands , SMEs as well as e-commerce players .


Benefit and Beyon Connect have signed an agreement to provide qualified electronic signature ( QES ) services in Bahrain via the ‘ OneID ’ digital ID and ‘ OneBox ’ digital postbox solutions . By combining the trusted solutions and capabilities of both organisations , the way residents of Bahrain will sign documents will be transformed , not only ensuring compliance , but also providing a seamless digital user experience using cutting edge OneID and OneBox technologies .


TMF Group , a provider of compliance and administrative services , serving 8,000 clients in more than 85 jurisdictions , has opened an office in Cairo , Egypt . The opening of an office in Egypt represents a key milestone for the development of TMF Group ’ s presence in the wider Middle East and North Africa ( MENA ) region . The office in Cairo will assist TMF Group ’ s clients by providing a wide array of services such as accounting , tax compliance , corporate secretarial , HR and payroll to local and multinational companies .
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