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AFiT Achieves Red Hat Advance ISV Partner Status

AFiT® has built innovative business models based on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Platform targeting vertical markets in the Middle East

Kuwait City, State of Kuwait --Tuesday, October 26' 2010

Al-Faris Information Technologies Co. K. S. C. Closed (AFiT®) the leading Middle East e-Business Innovator announced today that it has become Red Advance Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner with JBoss Middleware Specialization.

The Red Hat Advance ISV Partner Program delivers resources and benefits that will help AFiT align with its business model and relationship with Red Hat. As a Red Hat Advance ISV Partner, AFiT can take advantage of the Red Hat professional services and support organization.

AFiT has announced new versions of the following business models running on Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Platform:

1. AFiT e-Banking - An Optimized Online Banking solution that goes beyond to deliver a unified customer experience across all channels and all entities.

2. AFiT e-Tahseel - Facilitates an open system that receives eBills from billers and distributes them to many consumer endpoints. Offering on-line payment services that increases your on-line traffic and cross-selling - as well as your revenue from bill pay.

“AFiT strives to ensure it leverages the latest technology, this ensure we maintain our competitive edge and that we can deliver our customers stable, enterprise-wide solutions. The Red Hat Advance ISV partner program gives us the opportunity to develop business with the larger, richer corporations who are to stay at the edge of technology.” said Haitham S. Al-Faris, Chairman and CEO atAFiT®.

As a Red Hat Advance ISV partner, AFiT® has full access to Red Hat Training services, the Red Hat Partner Center and marketing support.

“This partnership is an excellent fit for both companies and we are delighted to accredit AFiT as an Advanced ISV Partner. Our partners’ expertise and professional approach are critical to the ongoing success of Red Hat's business in the Middle East,” commented Anuj Kumar, General Manager, Middle East and Africa at Red Hat.

JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is the market leading platform for innovative and scalable Java applications. Integrated, simplified, and delivered by the leader in enterprise open source software, it includes leading open source technologies for building, deploying, and hosting enterprise Java applications and services.

JBoss Enterprise Application Platform balances innovation with enterprise class stability by integrating the most popular clustered Java EE application server with next generation application frameworks. Built on open standards, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform integrates JBoss Application Server, with JBoss Hibernate, JBoss Seam, and other leading open source Java technologies from JBoss.org into a complete, simple enterprise solution for Java applications.

“We are pleased to join forces with Red Hat through its Advance ISV partner program. It gives the right resources we look for to build innovative business models that are reliable, highly available, secure and deliver high performance.” said Iesa Al-Failakawi, Director of Solution Management Strategies at AFiT®.

ABOUT Red Hat

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions and an S&P 500 company, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for seven consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with virtualization, applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide.

Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.

ABOUT AFiT®

Al-Faris Information Technologies Co. (AFiT®) is a Kuwaiti Shareholding Company (Closed), located in Kuwait City, State of Kuwait with regional offices and presence around the Middle East. AFiT®, founded in July 1988, is the Middle East e-Business Innovator delivering solutions and services for growing enterprises. AFiT® offers business consulting services and designs scalable and innovative eBusiness solutions that are built based on "best of breed" technology and superior service that create massive economic results to the clients. AFiT® provides innovative, open and flexible banking solutions, business solutions, e-Business solutions, and systems & security solutions to corporate businesses so they can capitalize on the Internet technologies to transform the way they support their customers, develop their markets, and build their business to stay competitive.

AFiT® assures quality and customer satisfaction through continual improvement providing delivery of the highest quality products and services helped us achieves ISO 9001:2000 certification in the State of Kuwait.

For more information, please visit: www.afitco.com

Entesar Al-Awadhi
PR/Communication Manager

PR@AFiTCo.com