UAE IT decision-makers seek to ensure data sovereignty

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More than four-fifths (83 percent) of UAE IT decision-makers agree that it is important for organisations that run their operations in the public cloud to keep their data in-country, according to a recent survey by YouGov.

The survey, which surveyed 502 UAE IT decision-makers shows that 88 percent are increasing their cloud spend in 2019, with 83 percent will run partially or fully on the cloud.

The same survey shows that 83 percent of the respondents agree that data sovereignty, or keeping data in-country, is “somewhat” or “very” important.

Data sovereignty and data privacy is key topic among UAE organisations, especially because of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GDPR gives individuals more control over their data, more rules for organizations to follow about processing customer data, and powerful enforcement. GDPR applies to both European Union citizens and organizations that interact with European Union organisations, making GDPR especially important to international trade hubs such as Dubai and the UAE.

“With 83 percent of UAE IT decision-makers valuing data sovereignty, UAE organizations need to ensure their data is safe from cyber-threats, and can meet the European Union’s world-leading General Data Protection Regulation,” said Zakaria Haltout, managing director, UAE, SAP. “Only in-country data centers can provide the full range of services and solutions for organisations to meet the data sovereignty needs of their customers.”

SAP continues to support the UAE’s cloud-based digital transformation, being the first multi-national business applications provider to go live on and onboard customers to its public cloud data centre in the UAE, the five-year $200 million UAE investment plan.

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