POWERING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN
THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
A new age of innovation is sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Find out how governments, education, healthcare, and nonprofits are building on AWS.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expanding its global footprint with the opening of the AWS Middle East Region. Across the Middle East, developers, startups, and enterprises as well as government, education, and nonprofit organizations can use the region to innovate and grow their economies. As organizations increasingly embrace cloud-based solutions, long-lasting effects can be realized in the form of community-wide collaboration, partnerships with local businesses, and ultimately a more productive environment where people can thrive.
The first AWS Direct Connect location in Bahrain is now live. Customers in Bahrain can now locally establish a dedicated network connection from their premises to AWS. This location can be found in the Management Console.
WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
“By migrating our national portal, mobile apps, and workloads to the AWS Cloud, we were able to reduce infrastructure cost by 70% and procurement cycle time by 60%.”
“We are proud to be the first government-owned company in Bahrain to migrate our entire IT infrastructure from legacy systems to the cloud-based offerings of AWS. Increased operational efficiency and security are integral components of our digital strategy and AWS was the best choice in this venture due to the wide breadth of their services.”
“Our Learning Management System’s (LMS) migration to the AWS Cloud has resulted in a 90% cost savings. Not only that, but this has also reduced procurement time with the LMS being up and running in less than a day on AWS, as opposed to 3-4 months for our previous on-premises system.”
Mohammed Ali Al Qaed
Chief Executive of Bahrain’s Information & eGovernment Authority
Mahmood H. Alkooheji
Chief Executive Officer of Mumtalakat
Dr. Raed Mohammed Ben Shams
Director General of Bahrain Institute of Public Administration
INNOVATION THAT'S SECURE
Supporting every step of innovation, we’ve made cloud security our highest priority. As an AWS customer, you will benefit from a data centre and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations, allowing you to scale and innovate while maintaining a secure environment.
OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE NEW DIGITAL FUTURE
Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, CE, Information & eGovernment Authority iGA, talks with John Furrier from The Cube at AWS Summit Bahrain.
AWS Summit Series 2018 – Bahrain: Keynote
Learn more about the vision for Bahrain’s future, AWS solutions, and the experiences of local AWS partners.
Bahrain and the cloud
Shaikh Salman Al Khalifa, Vice-CEO, Bahrain Information & eGovernment Authority, looks at how Bahrain is embracing the cloud.
Kuwait and the digital economy
Mohammad Altura, Chief Information Technology Sector, Kuwait Communication and IT Regulatory Authority, talks about how Kuwait is putting technology at the centre of the economy.
LEARN FROM THESE INNOVATORS
Information and eGovernment Authority Bahrain
The Information & eGovernment Authority’s mission is to reduce the IT operating expenses of the Kingdom of Bahrain by 80 percent, in line with the country’s sustainability goals. Central to this is a project to close most of the government data centers for 72 governmental entities by 2020 and go all-in on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This will save costs, but will also provide a platform for fast innovation. The authority has also developed a custom marketplace on AWS, so government entities can buy software and streamline procurement.
“We have re-engineered processes in the cloud so we can approve construction projects within five days instead of 18 months.”
Information and eGovernment Authority Bahrain
The Kingdom of Bahrain introduced a value-added tax (VAT) on 1 January 2019 in line with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) goals. To prepare for this, the National Bureau of Revenue (NBR) wanted to deploy an SAP-based system to administer the new tax.
Whatever solution the NBR chose, it needed to be online fast. The VAT project was already behind schedule, and senior stakeholders knew that other GCC countries took nine months to get systems online.
Bahrain has a cloud-first policy, and having seen other successful SAP implementations on Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the region, it decided AWS would provide the agility and scalability it needed. The launch of a new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region in 2019 also influenced the decision.
Using AWS, the NBR team could provision an infrastructure right away and begin development, rather than spending weeks choosing, ordering, and commissioning hardware. The cloud architecture was developed in line with SAP’s best practices and uses Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and AWS Lambda.
The first wave of the system – which covers 4,453 commercial entities – was completed within two months. The system will scale over the next 12 months to handle 24,327 registered entities and around 127,000 transactions a year.
Currently, the application is the biggest in Bahrain in terms of AWS utilization, but it’s yet to be completed. The team is working with AWS to optimize costs with Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances and streamline processes to make management easier.
“I’m proud of the fact that my team could launch our national VAT system on AWS within two months. It could have taken a longer time on premises compared to other benchmarks,” said Rana Faqihi, Assistant Undersecretary for Development and Revenue Policies at Bahrain Ministry of Finance.
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AWS AND INTEL
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Intel powers AWS instances available in the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region. As an AWS customer, you can take advantage of the latest Intel technology through AWS. For more information, please see the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) product page.
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