Thursday, September 21, 2017

Microsoft pairs up with MIT

Microsoft announced last week its appointment of Myanmar Information Technology (MIT) as the company’s first market development partner in Myanmar. The announcement came during the World Economic Forum in Nay Pyi Taw.

MIT’s charter will be to expand Microsoft’s presence in the country and work with local businesses and government to provide telecommunications solutions.

Jamie Harper, Microsoft’s general manager for Southeast Asia, said: “Microsoft is delighted to be forming this partnership in Myanmar, a country of enormous talent and opportunity. I am excited by what the future holds for Myanmar, a future we believe technology will be a vital part of.”

Mr Harper said that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for ensuring success but that the company is committed for the long term in Myanmar.

“Microsoft’s business is built on partners. Understanding the nuances of conducting business in each and every market we invest in is critical, which is why we focus on building sustainable partnerships with local experts,” he said.

A Microsoft press release says MIT is the largest software company in the country and was founded in 1997. The company is a co-founder of MICT Park with the Myanmar ICT Development Corporation (MICTDC).

The company has more than 300 employees serving customers across numerous industries, including bank-ing and finances, travel and tourism, healthcare, and government.

U Tun Thura Thet, MIT’s chief executive officer, said: “We are very proud that Microsoft chose MIT to be its market development partner and we are very excited to build upon a long and fruitful relationship that will benefit our country.

“I believe Microsoft’s global experience and solutions will be invaluable in building the Myanmar ICT industry.”