With Jennifer Gnana
Al Bawaba Ltd.
Microsoft led a information record series creation PCs user-friendly and accessible. Tareq Hijazi, who heads Microsoft in Bahrain, tells us how one of a world’s many valued companies is architecting solutions for governments, businesses and communities.
When Tareq Hijazi assimilated Microsoft in 2001, a universe had usually recovered from a Millennium bug scare, that threatened to ravage a IT industry.
The risk never materialised, many like a Mayan canon that was ostensible to finish a world.
As a immature architect, who graduated from a University of Sarajevo, Mr Hijazi was drawn by a allure of a pleasing buildings of former Yugoslavia, now famous as Bosnia.
“I was wondering how to make a pursuit of sketch these buildings faster, easier and reduction repetitive,” says Microsoft’s nation manager for Bahrain and Oman.
“So we got into computers and how they can assistance with a task.
“That sparked an seductiveness and a together world.”
The Jordanian-Bosnian continued with his architectural sketches during a day though moonlighted in a evenings, training and familiarising himself with IT.
After continued convincing from his mother to try his fitness with computing attention hulk Microsoft, he eventually found himself operative for a association initial in Jordan, afterwards a UAE and now Bahrain.
The year has been one of many fad for Microsoft, with relaunches of many products, phenomenon of a new trademark after 25 years besides a launch of a much-anticipated Windows 8 handling system.
With an estimated one billion users of a renouned Office software, Microsoft has been on a goal to uncover what else it can supplement to a user’s computing experience.
“We’re still during a core of what we do,” says Mr Hijazi.
“Microsoft Office is a world’s many renouned capability application.
“Every child, adult or clergyman has worked on Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.
“We’re not going divided from Office though usually looking during new ways to make it some-more accessible.”
Collaborating with smartphone companies such as Nokia and Samsung, a world’s largest program builder in terms of revenues, is looking for newer platforms to capacitate use of a handling systems.
Its latest charity Windows 8, that strike a markets dual months ago, is aiming to damp normal users and support to a younger generation, that increasingly uses inscription inclination and smartphones.
“Windows 8 is a model change for Microsoft in terms of handling system,” says Mr Hijazi.
“It offers a consumer, either an particular or a business, a choice of regulating it as hold but any marginal device infallible to it or in a normal way.”
The new charity aims to build on a recognition of a prototype Windows 7.
“We’re going to see extensive change in a market, as it will build on a success of Windows 7, a many successful handling complement ever sold.”
Apart from a unchanging portfolio of IT products, Microsoft is operative with governments to assistance fight cybercrime.
“Eight years ago there was a plea per cyber confidence in ubiquitous and Microsoft was impacted,” says Mr Hijazi.
“It was in a limelight since Microsoft powers 90 per cent of desktops and a immeasurable infancy of Internet servers and handling systems in enterprises.
“It therefore provides a large event for hackers to constantly aim a platform.”
The association has relaunched a infallible computing initiative, on a behind of a large inner rethink of program designs in sequence to urge security.
“Microsoft most stopped growth on all products and invested a outrageous volume of time, bid and income in ensuring that practices of handling program growth and a whole portfolio of products we have in a marketplace are secure,” he added.
“The Digital Crimes Unit during Microsoft offers services to governments and businesses to strengthen themselves opposite potentially large-scale cybercrime threats from Botnet networks, that exhaust computing energy and make we some-more vulnerable.”
Small and medium-sized enterprises in Bahrain and opposite a universe are increasingly creation use of cloud record to save costs.
“In a nutshell, cloud record is charity products or services regulating a Internet as a categorical infrastructure,” says Mr Hijazi.
“It is managed by large companies like Microsoft, that catch a headache of handling such platforms and offer them as use to craving consumers.
“Clients can allow to this use and scale adult and down as their needs grow.”
Middle East and Africa craving IT spending opposite all attention markets would have reached 70 billion euros this year, that is a 6.3pc boost from final year, according to IT investigate association Gartner.
“Chief information officers in a segment are investing some-more in IT, businesses are apropos smarter and some-more rival and they know a significance of leveraging technology,” says Mr Hijazi.
The entrance decade will declare serve mutation of technology.
“The gait of change is really quick and record has turn some-more prevalent so many that people humour withdrawal symptoms when it is taken divided from them,” he says.
The New Year will outrider an appearance of record to inclusive corners of a world, that sojourn inexperienced by a digital revolution.
“Technology has a intensity to have an impact on people in rising countries and bankrupt nations,” says a 44-year-old.
“In Africa and Asia, it helps farmers furnish better, find preparation for their children and urge their customary of living.”
Following in a footsteps of a munificent owner Bill Gates, bridging a digital order will be one of Microsoft’s goals for 2013.
“We essay to strike a change between a business that we do and what we leave behind for a village and a impact we have on society.”
Article source: http://www.equities.com/news/headline-story?dt=2012-12-29&val=875523&cat=tech