Al-Muhaidib Group advances its digital transformation strategy

From right, Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen; Abdulkareem Al-Khalawi, vice president of IT, Al-Muhaidib Group; Steve Tzikakis, president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) South, SAP; and Bassel Alomari, senior strategic sales executive — consumer, wholesale, life sciences industries, SAP Saudi Arabia.
Updated 18 December 2017
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Al-Muhaidib Group advances its digital transformation strategy

One of the Kingdom’s largest conglomerates and investment companies, Al-Muhaidib Group, launched its digital business strategy, with digital transformation enabler SAP in an enterprise agreement signed by Abdulkareem Al-Khalawi, vice president of IT at Al-Muhaidib Group, and Steve Tzikakis, president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) South at SAP.
Al-Muhaidib Group is undergoing digital transformation across its 93 affiliates, covering five key sectors: Building materials, food, contracting, utilities and infrastructure and real estate.
This is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, which is calling on private sector contribution to GDP to grow from 40 percent to 65 percent.
As part of its digital transformation, Al-Muhaidib Group’s eight largest entities will run on the SAP HANA in-memory platform.
“Saudi’s largest organizations need to run in real-time to enhance their business competitiveness. Using SAP HANA, Al-Muhaidib Group now has the real-time analytics to ensure our customers have the right products at the right time. We have enhanced our performance, improved our reporting time, and can better fuel our regional and international expansion,” said VP Al-Khalawi.
One of the oldest and largest conglomerates in the Kingdom, Al-Muhaidib Group was founded in 1943. Its most prominent investments include Mayar Foods, Savola Group, Masdar Building Materials and Thabat Construction, Saudi Tharwa in real estate, and ACWA Holding.
“Al-Muhaidib Group is at the cutting edge of Saudi organizations undergoing digital transformation. Conglomerates are the lifeblood of the Saudi economy, across a wide range of industry verticals. SAP is committed to exchanging global best practices in enabling Saudi Vision 2030’s nationwide digital transformation and private sector companies to take their business plans to the next level,” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen.


Saudi students to visit Huawei HQ in China

Huawei recently held a special ceremony for students participating in the program at the CITC headquarters in Riyadh. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Saudi students to visit Huawei HQ in China

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) is collaborating with Huawei, a global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, to launch Huawei’s fourth edition of the “Seeds for the Future” program. 

This year the Seeds for the Future program is expected to attract numerous projects from a wide range of universities in Riyadh, each with the potential to be selected for incubation. The initiative aims to develop ICT talent among Saudi students who will become tomorrow’s leaders. They will also receive focused mentoring from top Huawei executives and a chance to travel to Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, to gain exposure to the ICT solutions provider.

The company recently held a special ceremony for students participating in the program at the CITC headquarters in the Saudi capital. The event was attended on behalf of the CITC governor by Ahmed Al-Jarboo, vice president of corporate communications; Zhou Xinglong, counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Saudi Arabia; and Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Ltd. 

CITC has been collaborating with Huawei since 2015 on Seeds for the Future. A total of 51 students have directly benefited as a result of the program, including through their visit to Huawei HQ in Shenzhen.

Al-Jarboo thanked Huawei for its efforts in “serving the community and its keenness on upgrading the Kingdom’s ICT sector.” He also urged students to benefit from the experience in expanding their knowledge.

Xinglong said: “This is another example of the close relationship we have with Saudi Arabia. I am proud of Huawei’s commitment to social responsibility and the important role played by this prestigious company in the development of Saudi youth.”

CEO Zhang said: “We are pleased to announce that we will continue to partner with the CITC for the Seeds for the Future in 2018. Saudi Arabia has a huge segment of young people and we are proud to announce our solidarity to empower these young people and give them the opportunity to sharpen their skills and help them become the leaders of tomorrow in the field of information and communication technology.”

He added: “Huawei is seeking to collaborate with government partners to develop an ecosystem for the ICT sector, and the key to this is to guide and support outstanding young talents in the field of ICT not only in Saudi Arabia, but to provide them with access to institutions to develop technologies that will help the Kingdom achieve its goals in its Vision 2030.”