90 percent of CIOs to invest in Internet of Things by 2019

Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen
Updated 06 October 2017
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90 percent of CIOs to invest in Internet of Things by 2019

Business transformation enabler SAP will showcase how the Internet of Things can drive Saudi Arabia’s digital business competitiveness at GITEX Technology Week 2017.
By 2025, research firm IDC predicts there will be 80 billion Internet of Things devices worldwide, enhancing productivity, efficiency, and the customer experience. To boost digital competitiveness, 90 percent of companies plan to invest in Internet of Things projects over the next 12-24 months.
As the GITEX business transformation partner, SAP said it will support the Kingdom’s adoption of the Internet of Things. The SAP stand will showcase Internet of Things in live airports, the SAP Leonardo Experience for the recently launched digital innovation system, and SAP Blockchain for Real Estate.
“Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 are catalyzing business innovation with technology across key sectors such as government, oil and gas, and banking and finance. CIOs across the Kingdom want to leverage cloud-based Internet of Things for new digital business models. GITEX Technology Week presents a vital platform for CIOs to experience SAP’s practical Internet of Things use cases,” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen.
GITEX attendees will also be able to experience SAP’s cloud innovations in artificial intelligence, blockchain, and machine learning. Attendees can hear the latest trends and insights from SAP experts at the GITEX Vertical Days conference sessions on “Intelligent Cities and Smart Manufacturing.”
Visitors can also learn about winnovate, powered by SAP. The newly launched initiative aims to help the region to embrace innovation by offering collaborative learning opportunities and engaging programs based on various innovation methods. It claims to act as a catalyst for enquiring minds that are open to ground-breaking thinking methodologies and supports individuals and organizations alike.
At GITEX Technology Week 2017, SAP will exhibit under the theme of “Empathy to Action” in Hall 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.


Huawei to feature at Saudi-Chinese job fair

Updated 18 September 2018
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Huawei to feature at Saudi-Chinese job fair

Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, recently took part in the Saudi-Chinese job fair to promote the employment prospects of Saudi nationals. During the job fair, 70 participants of Huawei’s Future Leaders Program were awarded graduation certificates from Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia.

“We are committed to supporting Saudi Arabia as it forges ahead on the road to digital transformation,” said Zhang.

The Chinese Embassy collaborated with the Saudi Center for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP) to jointly organize this recruitment fair in Riyadh. The aim of the initiative is to increase Chinese-Saudi cooperation and promote China’s contribution in the fields of employment, talent cultivation and knowledge transfer. 

One key example for such contribution is Huawei’s Future Leaders Program, an initiative which provides technical education to Saudi nationals, particularly fresh university graduates, in order to prepare them to become engaged members of the workforce in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The program provides students with three months of technical training and hands-on practice on ICT projects. 

At the end of their training, students have the possibility to become official Huawei employees.

Since the start of the program in 2016, Huawei has graduated four batches of students comprising a total of 125 trainees. Out of the total graduates, 97 percent were hired as official employees at Huawei.

Yassir Abdel Rahman Al-Dahim, executive vice president of the SCISP, said: “We are grateful to Huawei for their outstanding contribution to promoting the employment prospects of fresh graduates, and their activities in talent cultivation and knowledge transfer for young Saudis.”

Li Huashin, ambassador of China to Saudi Arabia, said: “The Saudi-Chinese job fair is another example of the close relationship between China and Saudi Arabia, and I am proud of Huawei’s commitment to implementing its social responsibility programs in aiding the development of Saudi youth.”

Faisal Ayad Al-Otaibi, HR and Future Leaders Project director, Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “As a Saudi national myself, I am proud to play a role in providing the youth of my country with opportunities and creating a generation ready to build a better tomorrow.”