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Great Plains sees great growth in the Middle East

Great Plains Middle East achieved a 40% growth in its operations for 2000, with the growth rates in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait hitting 55% and 65% respectively.

Great Plains Middle East achieved a 40% growth in its management software operations for 2000, with the growth rates in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait hitting 55% and 65% respectively.

“Our strong growth rates achieved in year 2000 reflect the success of our strategy to focus on what businesses in the Middle East market require,” said Nizar Badwan, managing director of Great Plains Middle East.

“Great Plains approach provides Middle East companies with e-business management applications that are culture-sensitive, and specially designed for the region,” added Badwan.

Great Plains attributed the growth in Saudi Arabia to the opening up of the market to e-business management applications and solutions. While Great Plains’ growth rate in Kuwait more than doubled from the previous year as it achieved 65% growth for 2000.

“Great Plains growth rate in the Kingdom is attributed to the efforts of Saudi channel partners, which provide technical support and after-sales services in the Saudi market,” said Ibrahim Metwally, director of channel operations at Great Plains Middle East.

Great Plains was bought by Microsoft at the end of 2000 for $1.1 billion.

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