DOHA, Qatar, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
GBM and Irish firm Diona confirm partnership upon success of MOLSA project
Gulf Business Machines (GBM), the leading provider of customized IT solutions in the Gulf, today signed a partnership with Irish mobile technology firm, Diona, following the first Middle East implementation of IBM Cúram, a social welfare management software solution, for the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA). The programme was launched in both English and Arabic, the first time the programme has ever been implement in the Arabic language.
Richard Bruton T.D., Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, visited GBM's office in West Bay, Doha, to attend the partnership signing with Diona, which creates mobility solutions that transform how people's health and human services needs are served around the world. The Minister was accompanied by H. E. Patrick Hennessy, Ambassador of Ireland, together with other Irish dignitaries.
Speaking at the partnership signing Minister Bruton said, "The Diona and GBM partnership is an excellent example of the possibilities of technology, and I look forward to seeing this new relationship grow. It is fantastic to see these types of bilateral partnerships come to fruition so successfully and with such long-term vision in place. My visit to Qatar has shown tremendous opportunities for Irish companies such as Diona, and I am determined to support more companies to take advantage of these opportunities to create jobs at home."
The MOLSA initiative meets world-class standards in serving its Qatari residents' requests and requirements, namely families in need. It is the first programme of its kind to be launched in the Middle East, and has instigated a commitment from both GBM and Diona to widening their partnership further.
MOLSA will now be able to provide an integrated online platform that provides MOLSA professionals and users with access to information, applications and services that will eliminate manual work, minimize error margins and, most specifically, facilitate the tasks of the social care workers. Diona Mobility extends the reach of the Cúram solution by providing Qatari clients and social workers with access to MOLSA's services via mobile devices such as tablets and phones. As part of the deployment, dashboards were provided to all MOLSA management to support them in making accurate decisions and monitor projects development.
Soubhi Chebib, general manager, GBM Qatar, said: "MOLSA has embarked on a project that will streamline and automate 11 social support programmes running in the country. This is also the first time the system has been implemented in the Arabic language.
"Having supported the growth of Qatar's IT sector over the past 25 years, this is huge triumph for the year and for MOLSA, who has consistently worked with us to innovate and drive IT initiatives. Our growing relationship with Diona will help both parties to play an even greater role in furthering Qatar's leading role in the IT sector and the adoption of mobility-ready services in the Arab world."
Brendan Flood, International Sales & Partnering Manager, Enterprise Ireland who is accompanying Minister Bruton on the trade mission, commented, "Enterprise Ireland is committed to growing Irish exports to the Gulf Region to €6BN by 2020. It is through partnerships such as this one between Diona and GBM that this target will be achieved."
The trade mission to the U.A.E, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has 63 Irish companies participating, continues until Friday 24th April 2015.
For more information visit http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/trademission
About Gulf Business Machines (GBM)
Founded in 1990, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) is the leading IT solutions provider in the region fulfilling the IT requirements of local, regional and international organizations in the GCC.
GBM is the sole distributor for IBM- excluding selected IBM products and services - throughout the GCC, except for Saudi Arabia. GBM's momentum was further enhanced in 1999, when the team secured the Cisco portfolio. Today GBM holds the highest level of recognition in the region from Cisco, Gold Partner status, in addition to the Cisco Borderless Network Architecture Specialized Learning Partner status.
GBM offers an extensive range of IT infrastructure, IT solutions and services ranging from consulting, resource deployment and integration to after-sales support, through 1000 professionals and over 20 solid strategic partnerships forged with internationally-recognized IT solution providers.
The company, which is ISO-9001 certified since 1999, has offices in the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah), Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain. GBM also has established a presence in Pakistan, where the company now operates three offices, one each in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore as an IBM Premier Business Partner. The Pakistani operation also holds a Silver Partner Status from Cisco.
In 2014, GBM achieved Cisco Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence, the highest distinction a partner can achieve within the Cisco Channel Partner Program.
For more information, please visit http://www.gmbme.com .
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Diona provides innovative mobility solutions and consulting services for Health & Human Services around the world.
Diona's family of enterprise software, Diona Mobility Solutions, turns mobile phones and tablets into tools to achieve better social outcomes by helping agencies serve people better while improving how their employees work and collaborate.
Diona's services organization is a leader in contributing to successful human services IT projects, and partners with companies such as Accenture, CGI, IBM Oracle, and SAP around the world to deliver successful projects at the city, local, state, and national level.
Diona's founders and key employees have long and distinguished backgrounds in the Health & Human Services industry. With more than 130 employees and more than 800 years of collective experience in working with governments to deliver technologies that improve the lives of clients and families in need, Diona is the thought leader for bringing mobility to Health & Human Services.
For more information, please visit http://www.diona.com .