THE Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) and MEEZA, a Managed IT Services and Solutions provider, have signed an agreement, under which MEEZA will provide cloud and infrastructure services to government entities in Qatar.
This comes within the ministry's plans for achieving the strategic objectives of the Qatar Digital Government (QDG) 2020 Strategy, which aims to create efficiency in government administration, maximise opportunities to make better use of public funds in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030 that aims to ensure fast and reliable accessibility to information technology with reduced operational and capital expenditures.
"The Ministry of Transport and Communications continues its efforts towards achieving the QDG 2020 vision through finding out innovative solutions and enabling the government entities to achieve their goals. Cloud computing services, provided in association with MEEZA, aim to increase operational efficiency of the IT infrastructure and reduce operational costs at government entities," said Hassan Jassim al Sayed, MoTC's assistant undersecretary of government information technology sector.
Cloud computing services are compatible with the second version of the MoTC's National Information Assurance Policy (NIAP). They also follow governance mechanisms based on highest world standards such as ISO certifications for quality management and information defence, as well as the ISO 20000, which is the international IT service management (ITSM) standard that enables IT organisations to ensure that their ITSM processes are aligned with business needs and world best practice. It also provides guidance on cloud computing services deployment and application.
MEEZA CEO Eng Ahmad Mohammed al Kuwari said,"Today's agreement with the MoTC takes us one more step closer toward achieving our mission. With cloud computing services, government entities will be able to reduce the capital costs of IT infrastructure and software, as well as networking equipment, and to reduce time and efforts needed for IT systems management and maintenance." (TNN)