Partnership to create a new platform for business applications
Etisalat and Cordys have formed an alliance to develop and market the Etisalat Cloud Marketplace in the UAE that will allow companies to find and deploy IT services on a pay-per-use basis, through applications developed by Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).
The Etisalat Cloud Marketplace will contain a range of ready-to-use business applications for companies of any size ranging from small SMBs to large enterprises. Applications will include critical business processes such as purchase order, sales quote approval, HR online, and travel expense management among others, which can be purchased by businesses from the cloud on a per-user basis.
Abdulla Hashim, Sr VP of business solutions at Etisalat, said: “This partnership with Cordys will allow Etisalat to fundamentally create a new era of growth in the regional IT market and will allow us to capitalize on opportunities across the markets where Etisalat operates.
“The Etisalat Cloud Marketplace will allow businesses to access a diverse array of applications and extend their IT infrastructure capabilities with minimal cost and significant flexibility and speed. This is also part of Etisalat’s strategic initiatives to introduce a range of innovative services, which will position UAE as one of the most advanced nations in terms of telecom and ICT services.”
Based on the Cordys Process Factory, Etisalat will develop and deploy mashup applications (MashApps), and offer these to the market in a web-based marketplace. Companies can make use of these services in a pay-per-use model. The new Etisalat Cloud service will be integrated with other clouds, which allows organizations to reduce the cost of their office applications and increase the speed, Etisalat said.
Etisalat and Cordys will also form a community of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to facilitate the process of developing and deploying applications. ISVs can access a new channel for software distribution, which would lower their distribution and deployment costs in addition to giving them recurring revenue, the companies said.