Samer Abu Ltaif to Head Microsoft in Gulf

Microsoft sign at the entrance of Microsoft Dubai office.

The multinational hi-tech company Microsoft announced its appointment of Samer Abu Ltaif to be the new president for Middle East and Africa.

Abu Ltaif joined Microsoft in 2004 and served as the regional general manager of Microsoft Gulf. He had a crucial role in expanding the company’s Gulf presence and developing the 1,400 partners in the region.

He will be taking over from Ali Faramawy, who was the head of the MEA region for the past 13 years. After his stint as corporate vice president Faramawy will take over as the global head of the Emerging Markets Digital Transformation Organization.

“MEA has tremendous potential. The rich diversity across the region, combined with the fast-growing youth population and innovative spirit, opens up enormous opportunity,” Abu Ltaif said.

He will remain based in Dubai, which is one of the key hubs for Microsoft in the region.
The Dubai office of Microsoft was launched 15 years ago at the beginning of Dubai’s Internet City.

Intelligence Management System ORA Debuts at IDEX 2011

Governments, defense agencies and other users can look forward to a new and affordable solution to their intelligence gathering and information management needs as ORA has mobilized the world’s leading technology from Microsoft’s Intelligence Framework Search to bring them an integrated and affordable platform to meet their needs.

ORA has also brought together the most powerful hardware solutions from Dell which can deliver the best possible, multiple-level security  answers for a huge host of IT applications.

Together with Olton, Microsoft and Dell are bringing forth a new and unique intelligence capability which they are calling ORA, which is being introduced at IDEX 2011, the Intelligence and Defense Exhibit.

Paul Manister the Olton founder remarked,

“We are thrilled to be launching our ORA Technology here at IDEX, the world's leading and most prestigious Defense Exhibition.”

Tom Bloechl, the managing director at Microsoft for worldwide public safety added that,

“Microsoft works closely with partners such as Olton, who have a proven record of delivering Microsoft-based solutions, to meet the needs of government and commercial customers around the world. In a world literally overflowing with information, Olton's support of the Microsoft Citizen Safety Architecture and the Microsoft Intelligence Framework enables a heightened ability to deliver precise intelligence assessments and respond in real time to security threats."