ALJ Motors wins SAP Quality Award for IT transformation

Faisal Abdalla, vice president of Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, right, received the honor at the 2018 SAP Quality Awards for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Updated 06 February 2019

ALJ Motors wins SAP Quality Award for IT transformation

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors (ALJ Motors) has been recognized by SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software, at the 2018 SAP Quality Awards for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). 

“JSAP” — ALJ Motors’ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) business transformation initiative to introduce the integrated SAP platform across the business was selected as a gold winner under the “Business Transformation” category. 

The SAP Quality Awards celebrate and recognize their clients for exceptionally high-quality implementation of the platform drawing on SAP principles to effectively plan, execute and manage the process, achieving rapid, low-cost business process integration and delivering tangible benefits to the organization. 

Faisal Abdalla, vice president of Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, said: “We’re delighted that the SAP judges recognized all the work that made the JSAP project so unique and historic for Abdul Latif Jameel. JSAP is a new central nervous system of the company, connecting the entire business and is based on our long-held commitment to the principle of ‘guest first.’”

Khaled Alsaleh, managing director of SAP Saudi Arabia, said: “Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, through the JSAP project, is a Middle East and North Africa leader in digital transformation, and should be immensely proud of their implementation of the SAP systems across the business, in a project that matches the highest standards set out in SAP’s 10 quality principles. This Quality Award is testament to the hard work and tenacity of the Abdul Latif Jameel Motors team. The JSAP project winning gold on a MENA level and also getting a chance to run for the regional version of the awards, clearly demonstrates how Saudi companies can compete against the top organizations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

In December last year, an Abdul Latif Jameel Motors team led by Abdalla presented the project to the SAP Quality Award 2018 MENA judging panel of experts from across the region. Following rigorous assessment, the business value realization was examined and appreciated by the judges.

During implementation, JSAP was the largest SAP project in the automotive sector and was conducted in partnership with South African firm Britehouse, an implementation solutions provider. JSAP covers all aspects of IT within Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, replacing a host of aging legacy systems in sales, after-sales, CRM, HR and finance.

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

Updated 21 August 2019

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bentley hosted a number of events during the Monterey Car Week, from Aug. 15 to 18.

To mark the occasion, two models debuted — the new Flying Spur luxury four-door grand tourer, and the EXP 100 GT: A vision of luxury mobility in 2035.

The third-generation Flying Spur sets new standards of driving enjoyment and luxury, showcasing Bentley’s application of modern technology, while integrating the latest British craftsmanship and innovation features.

The new Flying Spur will be the most advanced luxury grand touring four-door available. 

Alongside its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis, it features optional electronic all-wheel steering — a first for a Bentley, coupled with active all-wheel drive and the Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll system powered by a 48V architecture.

The Flying Spur was put on display on Aug. 16 at the Quail — a motorsports gathering and at the Home of Bentley for the remainder of the weekend.

It was joined by the EXP 100 GT concept car, which made its US debut. With the EXP 100 GT, Bentley has reimagined the idea of grand touring for the future.

The EXP 100 GT is pure Bentley, inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its forward-thinking customers. It embraces artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.

It displays the future of luxury craftsmanship with a seamless fusion of materials and the intelligent curation of technology. The vehicle’s battery system will power four motors that deliver superior performance. Projected performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Ahead of the EXP 100 GT’s Americas debut, Bentley launched a new and dedicated app for Apple devices.

Released on Aug. 12, the “Bentley 100 AR” app uses a printable QR code to provide an augmented reality experience of the EXP 100 GT, allowing users to explore the exterior and interior of the concept car. Users can even interact with a virtual version of the car in full scale, by using the app at selected Bentley retailers.

Bentley was a featured marque at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where numerous classic models competed in Bentley Centennial classes, including Vintage 4 Cylinder, Vintage 6 Cylinder, Derby and Postwar.