Dhiraagu - Maldives in strategic partnership with Microsoft Lanka
Dhiraagu - Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Pvt) Ltd., the leading
telecommunications service provider in the Maldives, has entered into a
strategic partnership with Microsoft by opting for the Microsoft
Enterprise Agreement, which is Microsoft’s most preferred offering to
its corporate customers. By forging this significant alliance, Microsoft
Sri Lanka further consolidates its growing business influence in the
A globally respected national telecommunication company, Dhiraagu
owns and operates a fully digital communications network reaching every
island and tourist resort in the Maldives.
Dhiraagu is a major owner of infrastructure in the Maldives and
invests heavily in developing and enhancing the telecommunications of
the country, delivering world-class communication services to its
One of the prime motivating factors for Dhiraagu to enter into the
Microsoft Enterprise Agreement was to achieve enhanced internal
effectiveness via a strong messaging and directory services platform,
resulting in strengthened relationships with its customers based on the
versatility of Microsoft solutions.
Commenting on this landmark agreement, Chief Executive of Dhiraagu,
Ismail Rasheed said, “Collaborating among different business entities
and customers spanning across multiple islands in the Maldives has not
only been a major challenge for us, but also a critical success factor
for our business.
Hence, the stability of our messaging and collaboration
infrastructure is key to the success of our business.
We trust the Microsoft Exchange will provide us with a messaging
platform that is reliable, scalable and secure, and provides us with a
high level of collaboration and knowledge management capability which is
key to our business performance. In addition we hope, Microsoft’s
unified communications capability, will be a clear differentiator for
our distributed business entities.”
There are a myriad reasons why medium to large sized organisations
are opting to sign up for the agreement, rather than running blindly
from one software supplier to the next, resulting in solutions that are
not streamlined and easy to upscale.
Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement can help to simplify software asset
management, make software costs easier to manage, streamline software
procurement and maximise software investments over time.
The Enterprise Agreement is Microsoft’s most preferred offering for
its corporate clients, ensuring that the enterprise partner receives a
retinue of value-added benefits coupled with genuine Microsoft software.
For example, this agreement provides Dhiraagu with the latest
software products of Microsoft such as Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for
Infrastructure and Directory Services; Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
for Messaging; Microsoft Office 2007 System for personal productivity
and Windows Vista for desktop environment.
Software Assurance, which is guaranteed under the Enterprise
Agreement, provides a combination of benefits such as automatic new
version rights and many other advantages including technical support,
software tools, employee training via e-learning and training vouchers
and updates on the latest technology.
The agreement also works hard for the company by simplifying licence
administrations and budgeting, removing the liability of administrative
Dhiraagu also plans to implement Microsoft Systems Management Server
2003, which will enable the company to better manage software and
hardware assets, improve security and enhance productivity using
automated software deployment technologies.