Software AG forays into Iran’s IT sector
Software AG, a world leader in enterprise Software and solutions, has announced serious plans to venture into Iran.
The company, the second largest software vendor in Germany and the seventh largest in Europe, says this is part of a strategy to leverage its potential of becoming the fastest-growing IT sector in the Middle East region in the next five years.
Gulf News has reported that officials from Software AG have recently visited Iran and signed a partnership agreement with two local partners, including TÜV NORD.
As the Middle East swiftly moves to modernise and upgrade its IT capabilities, Software AG aims to strengthen its business in $420 billion Iranian economy through its latest collaborations and help to build an official supply network, said Gulf News. With its opening again to international business in key sector, Iran offers infinite opportunities to IT companies who can gain easy access to its 80 million consumers, it added.
The report had also quoted Software AG officials as saying that the company has had a successful history of supplying software licenses to banks, petrochemical companies, and government organizations in Iran prior to the UN restrictions imposed in 2006.
“Following the lifting of the trade embargo, we aim to work with established and capable partners who can help us start off work from where we left,” Rex Neate, Lead – Partner and Ecosystems, Software AG – Gulf and Levant, has been quoted as saying.
“We are confident that our current partnership deals will immensely benefit Software AG in re-stablishing itself in a much stronger position than before in the Iranian market.”
According to the World Bank, Iran’s gross domestic product (GDP) is predicted to grow by 6 percent in 2016 and 7 percent in 2017. Increased IT spending, an expanding rate of mobile penetration and the easing of economic sanctions will give a major boost to the domestic IT services market, enabling it to reach $2.8 billion by 2020.