ALJ Motors to improve performance with new system

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors
Updated 23 July 2018
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ALJ Motors to improve performance with new system

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors (ALJ Motors), the authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia, is transforming its business and guest offering with the activation of a new IT solution system that will overhaul its management processes and performance.
The new, dedicated enterprise resource planning system, known as J-SAP, has been provided by SAP, and securely gathers and centrally stores live data from across Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ operations to optimize site and staff performance, enabling the company to serve more guests, more efficiently.
Advanced analytics allow the company to intelligently predict demand for services and parts, ensuring sites are always ready to meet guest requirements and reducing wait times as well as waste within the business. The system also paves the way for new guest tools, including mobile apps to access Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ wide range of vehicle services and support.
Faisal Abdullah, vice president of Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, said: “This project is about more than an IT system — it is completely changing how we manage our business and team to provide a new level of service to our guests. It is an important step for Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, introducing advanced technology and infrastructure that will serve us — and our guests — long into the future.”
He added: “As the government made clear in its Vision 2030 strategy, the private sector in Saudi Arabia needs to innovate and modernize if we are to create the competitive economy that delivers the growth and jobs the country requires. We are proud to be doing our part and will continue to strive to strengthen and grow the business.”
Khaled A. Alsaleh, managing director for SAP Saudi Arabia, said: “Saudi Arabia is a fast-growing automotive market, and customers expect to interact with their distributors quickly, easily, and efficiently. Our co-innovation with Abdul Latif Jameel Motors on their digital transformation shows how a real-time digital core can transform productivity and customer experiences, with customers finding and servicing their vehicles at the right time and cost.”
The new system was developed in collaboration with Britehouse, a firm which specializes in the design and implementation of SAP systems for automotive companies. The company worked alongside Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ technology team to design, build and roll out a tailored system to fully integrate and digitise Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ operations and replace legacy systems.


Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019
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Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

The Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019, organized by TRENDS magazine — Mediaquest and international business school INSEAD, has concluded at the Al-Areen Palace and Spa in Bahrain. The event, held on Thursday, included seven key panel discussions under the theme “Growth in a Volatile Future” as well as the Top CEO Awards 2019 ceremony, which recognized the region’s most successful and trendsetting CEOs from more than 700 companies listed on GCC stock exchanges.

Top business leaders and more than 30 speakers from across the GCC shed light on the Middle East’s dynamic but volatile region and the burning issues facing the corporate world today. This year’s theme focused on a score of relevant issues, such as oil price fluctuations, tech disruptions, armed and political schisms that pose new risks, and opportunities. Speakers such as renowned economist Professor Nouriel Roubini provided growth solutions and road maps for businesses in the GCC region.

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “In its fifth edition, the Top CEO Conference & Awards fully encapsulated the theme of ‘Growth in a Volatile Future’ by acknowledging and exploring the growth transformation that the region is undergoing through digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution amid geopolitical tensions, looming trade wars and a rapidly evolving business environment. Building on the huge success of the previous years, the Top CEO Awards 2019 recognized CEOs and companies who have raised the bar by navigating challenges, implementing new strategies, and have demonstrated unquestionable growth, profitability and excellence in corporate governance.”

The conference kicked off with an opening keynote from Jassim Al-Seddiqi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and chairman of GFH Financial Group, who delved into the potential of transforming the region into a fintech hub and the importance of jumping on the digital bandwagon. 

The prime panel discussion on the “Future of Growth Amid Volatility” brought together five CEOs who explored methods to create future-proof strategies that can not only tackle challenges but also boost growth in a tough geopolitical and economic climate. 

Hisham Al-Rayes, CEO and board member of the GFH Financial Group, said: “Investing in the future in areas such as fintech, education and technology, the foundations for strong, enduring knowledge-based economies, is a priority for the group and the governments of the region in which we invest.”

“The Blockchain Opportunity” and “The Human Factor and Tech Innovation” panels brought together industry experts from Facebook, the Bahrain FinTech Bay and King Abdul Aziz University. 

“The Future of Women’s Business Leadership” panel discussed positive strides taken by GCC governments and businesses in leveling the playing field for women professionals.