By Guy Mathew
Sakhr, the Arabic solutions developer, has teamed up with Intel to push its products more effectively in the market.
Sakhr, the Arabic solutions developer, has teamed up with Intel to push its products more effectively in the market. Sakhr has worked to optimise its solutions to run on Intel architecture in order to give customers the best value, the companies said.Sakhr offers solutions such as the Idrisi Arabic search engine and ArabDox document management system and has put in a lot of development time to make sure they work as well as alternatives using English. “As the Arab world's leading Arabic language software developer, it makes us proud to announce our partnership with Intel,” said Mohammed Al Sharekh, chairman of the Al Alamiah Group, which owns Sakhr.“Intel's cutting edge technology has played a crucial role in shaping the global IT landscape and will enrich our own solutions through this agreement. Intel has identified Sakhr as a unique Arabic software technology provider that offers a whole suite of its technologies on Intel hardware. The alliance makes it possible to optimise our Arabic technologies to better run on Intel platforms, giving the Arabic customer the best value for money,” he continued.The two companies have collaborated so that Sakhr developers will write for the specific platform deemed most appropriate for the application. The Idrisi Search Engine, ArabDox Document Management System, TTS Text to Speech Engine, ASR Automatic Speech Recognition, Ibsar Reading Machine for the blind, OCR Optical Character Recognition and SET Sakhr Enterprise Translation are all set to run on either IA-32 architecture or the recently upgraded IA-64 architecture, more commonly known as Itanium 2. Some are also primed for Xeon processor based machines while Isbar and OCR are tailored for Pentium 4 as well.Sakhr also expects to benefit from the experience of Intel’s R&D department, from whom the company has learned testing and development techniques to give the solutions more comprehensive testing. The two companies also plan to collaborate on marketing and branding in the future.