IBM Completes $2 Billion Saudi eGovernment Contract

IBM Corp. has finished deploying core communications and security infrastructure that will modernize Saudi Arabia’s government administration. The $2 billion Yesser eGovernment Program will eventually provide everyone in Saudi Arabia with access to government services, according to a statement from IBM officials.

The project will support electronic support for nearly 1, 000 government processes that are currently delivered manually, including employment and housing permits, citizen applications, drivers’ licenses, university registration and more.

Every IBM division played a role in the country-wide eGovernment initiative, including software, hardware, services and research; also POWER System and System x servers, and DataPower devices hosting IBM service-oriented architecture middleware products at eight geographically distributed sites in the kingdom.

Engineer Ali S. Al Soma, director general of the Yesser eGovernment Program said, “Through our partnership with IBM, we have put in place the core infrastructure required to move the large majority of government processes in Saudi Arabia into the information society.”

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