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Strategic Cooperation between MITA and SAP to empower Maltese talent

Publication Date: Nov 05, 2014
 

The Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SAP Hellas, Cyprus and Malta. SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software and is at the centre of today’s technology revolution, developing innovations that not only help our customers run at their best, but also improve the lives of people everywhere.

Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth Hon. Dr Jose Herrera presided the signing ceremony between MITA Executive Chairman, Mr. Tony Sultana, and Chief Operating Officer for SAP South Europe & Managing Director for SAP Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Mr. Manos Raptopoulos.

Through this MoU, students and startups working at the MITA Innovation Hub have the opportunity to take advantage of specially designed programmes by SAP.  These programmes are earmarked to encourage local startups to learn about game-changing innovations in Social, Cloud, Big Data, and Mobile. 

The programmes are designed to provide startups with the appropriate support in terms of mentorship, distance learning facilities and access to the latest SAP technology. Furthermore, students will be able to connect with the SAP network through classroom sessions, networking opportunities, design thinking workshops and other ad hoc resources such as the in-memory computing platform HANA. 

 “This agreement is in line with Government’s vision to support and encourage students and young entrepreneurs to become global players with innovative yet marketable products,” said Hon. Herrera. “It is through such transformation of talent and ideas and thanks to global players such as SAP, that Malta can actually become more of an international hub in innovative solutions.”

“It is a privilege for SAP to be working with the MITA Innovation Hub and Maltese entrepreneurs in programmes that complement the vision of the Government of Malta.  The close collaboration between startups and SAP is part of our innovation and growth strategy," said Manos Raptopoulos. "By providing startups with SAP HANA, they get the opportunity to easily master the big data challenge and develop applications that have been unthinkable before and not possible with conventional technologies."

Mr. Tony Sultana stated that it is an honour for MITA to see its Innovation Hub achieving yet another milestone in its mission to provide relevant programmes through various international technology partners. “After the success we had during the last days with the Majjistral Park App, we believe in our local talent. This is therefore why we are continuing to invest heavily in creating these key partnerships.” 

SAP and MITA Innovation Hub will be organising a two day Startup Forum on the 6th and 7th November at MITA Data Centre giving promising startups in the Big Data, predictive and real-time analytics space, the opportunity to learn how to develop new applications on SAP HANA.

Interested Startups and Students are encouraged to visit www.mitainnovationhub.gov.mt/collaborations​ for the latest information and further details of this programme. 
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