STC Solutions, Cisco Meraki to drive digital transformation

The MoU between Cisco Meraki and STC Solutions was signed at GITEX Technology Week.
Updated 18 November 2018
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STC Solutions, Cisco Meraki to drive digital transformation

At GITEX Technology Week, Cisco Meraki and STC Solutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to drive wireless technology adoption and fuel economic growth in line with Saudi Vision 2030’s digital transformation objectives. The MoU states the two companies plan to work together and develop innovative wireless managed services for the Saudi market, intended to make it easier and more economical for customers to start their digital journeys. 

Recognizing the need for sophisticated digital infrastructure, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan foresees increasing the availability and quality of digital connectivity. 

“STC and Cisco Meraki are dedicated to this mission, and will work together to help enable Saudi organizations to quickly deploy simplified wireless solutions with immediate business impacts,” the companies said in a press release.

Saudi organizations of all sizes and verticals are adopting Wi-Fi services for their existing and new business locations. More than half of Saudi private enterprises have Wi-Fi in their head office, as well as in remote branches. There is also increasing investment in wireless solutions in tourism, hospitality, transportation and other sectors. Cisco Meraki, with its focus on simplicity and easy management through a centralized dashboard, will provide STC customers with unmatched visibility and control over their infrastructure.

“STC constantly delivers the latest in managed services with an innovative approach to servicing our clients across all business sectors. We have a long-term relationship with our strategic partner Cisco, and we look forward to enhancing this partnership through adopting world-class solutions that will help our clients to accelerate their digital transformation journey. With the variety of networking and router management solutions that STC provides, the new managed services solution will complement STC’s current portfolio,” said Hatem Al-Kadi, vice president of managed services at STC.

“We are incredibly excited to work with STC to help drive digital transformation in the region. Cisco Meraki is a perfect match for STC and its customers, providing a secure, easy-to-use wireless experience. We look forward to working with STC to transform the digital footprint of Saudi businesses,” said Salman Faqeeh, managing director — Saudi Arabia, Cisco.

STC Solutions is part of Saudi Telecom Company’s ongoing commitment to transform itself into a leading regional ICT player. STCS is accelerating STC’s enterprise segment growth strategy through providing a wide range of ICT services beyond the traditional Telco offerings. 

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Shell KSA supports special needs children

The event organized by the Disabled Children’s Association was held on Nov. 12.
Updated 09 December 2018
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Shell KSA supports special needs children

Shell Saudi Arabia has announced the continuation of its sponsorship for the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) art program for two years (2018-2019). The announcement, made at an event organized by the DCA on Nov. 12, is part of Shell Saudi Arabia’s ongoing support for children with special needs.

Since its establishment in 1981, the Disabled Children’s Association has become one of the largest institutions specialized in the care of children with special needs in the Arab world.

The program held last month promoted the skills and artworks of such children.

To mark the collaboration between the two organizations, Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Suwailim, vice chairman of the Disabled Children’s Association’s executive committee, presented a commemorative shield to Mohammed Al-Zomaia, Shell Saudi Arabia’s general manager for corporate development.

“At Shell, we believe in creating an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. Today’s talent is more diverse than ever before. An inclusive environment is key to innovating, developing and retaining talent, and it begins with the youngest members of our communities,” said Al-Zomaia.

Shell has been active in the Kingdom for over seven decades and has a wide variety of social investment activities in the country, many of which are centered around youth empowerment, such as Shell Intilaaqah and FutbolNet.

Shell Intilaaqah aims to strengthen young people’s career options by enabling them to switch from being an employee to becoming an employer, or making the transition from seeking employment to creating employment. Shell’s trainees have set up 1,100 businesses, in addition to 500 existing small and medium businesses. Together, they created over 3,000 jobs. Shell Intilaaqah has been training Saudi entrepreneurs since 2010. Over the past years, Shell Intilaaqah trained, supported and mentored 10,000 Saudis — the majority of whom were women. 

Shell and Football Club (FC) Barcelona Foundation work together and use football to teach children the importance of values. The FutbolNet program is a 12-week football training course for children supported by dedicated coaches. Futbolnet aims to infuse values like respect, teamwork and commitment, which are key for the children to develop as happy, healthy and value-adding individuals.