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Cloud and capability in the UAE

12 October 2018

Halian’s Group Managing Director, Levon Antonian, reflects on Forbes’ recent article, discussing the 55,000 jobs that IDC predicts Microsoft and Cloud systems will create in the UAE over the next five years.

As a close partner of Microsoft (we achieved Gold Partner accreditation earlier this year), this is significant news. We’re already working to deliver some significant IT transformation projects in the region. The news of Microsoft opening data centers in the UAE earlier this year went a long way to accelerating the adoption of cloud among highly regulated industries such as banking and healthcare. Our team is focused on supporting this adoption and helping customers on their digital transformation and cloud journey. Microsoft’s comprehensive portfolio of solutions across datacenter and cloud is will be a key offering for Halian’s customers.

So, 55,000 jobs is great news for employment opportunities in the region, but what it does raise is the question of the talent gap, with the fast growth of cloud (and rapid proliferation of new technology) exacerbating the issue that already exists. Who’s coming in to fill the role? Cloud, cyber-security and artificial intelligence, to pick just three, are creating demand for skills that simply didn’t exist a few years ago. In the next few years, as these technologies become mainstream, the skills shortages will continue to grow; talent management in rapidly developing regions will more important than ever.

At Halian, we know this, and we’re staying proactive in our efforts to provide the best talent to the UAE. Recently, we’ve expanded our team of IT specialists, drawn from a number of international market. We’re investing time with our partners to truly understand the IT industry in 2018, and how we can best meet the technology needs of our clients. I’m looking forward to bringing The Halian Way of working to a booming UAE market over the next few years. Onwards and upwards!