G42 Cloud, a subsidiary of G42, the leading UAE-based AI and cloud computing provider, has announced today plans for a strategic collaboration with IBM, a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, aimed at accelerating digital transformation for clients in the UAE, and MEA.
According to the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), the percentage of executives in the Middle East and Africa citing digital transformation as a major priority for their organizations increased from 18% in 2019 to 60% in 2022.
Over the past two years pandemic has led the businesses in the territory to bring digitalized road maps forward and elevate the shift towards the utilization of technologies like cloud computing, automation, and AI, to enable them to fundamentally change the ways in which they operate.
There is a growing urgency and requirement from clients across every industry to transform their business and unlock new opportunities.
IBM and G42 Cloud will collaborate to explore ways of supporting government and enterprises accelerate their digital transformation journeys with IBM’s portfolio of solutions and services, comprising of the AI and cloud-native offerings, which can be delivered via the highly scalable and AI optimized G42 Cloud platform.
The signing ceremony took place in the USA Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai and was attended by Talal Al Kaissi, CEO of G42 Cloud, and Saad Toma, General Manager of IBM Middle East and Africa, with the presence of Thomas Bruns, Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Gulf and Commercial Counselor at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi as well as Bruce Ellsworth, Digital Attache at the US Consulate in Dubai.
According to an announcement done by both the firms, it will build upon G42 Cloud’s mission to power digital-powered innovation with a core emphasis placed on data sovereignty, which complements IBM’s focus on providing technology and services that adhere to local data protection requirements.
Many regional government agencies, educational institutions, and enterprises are already leveraging G42 Cloud to address a diverse set of use cases, from mission-critical projects in health and citizen welfare to cutting-edge offerings in the financial and energy industries.
Commenting on the collaboration, Talal Al Kaissi, CEO of G42 Cloud, said: “Together with IBM we look to provide customers with more choice for innovation while operating in a protected and trusted environment. Through this joint effort, we target unlocking greater value in the delivery of our services and enhance the solutions we are able to provide in the UAE and the wider region.”
“We aim through our collaboration with G42 Cloud to deliver on our shared vision of enabling organizations in the region to accelerate their digital transformation journeys,” said Saad Toma, General Manager of IBM Middle East & Africa. “We anticipate this will build on the increased momentum of adoption of the latest digital technologies we are seeing in the region.”