Cisco renews commitment to digitization in KSA

Cisco renews commitment to digitization in KSA
Salman Faqeeh, managing director, Cisco Saudi Arabia.
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Updated 11 March 2020

Cisco renews commitment to digitization in KSA

Cisco renews commitment to digitization in KSA

Cisco has revealed its latest solutions and strategic partnerships to aid the Kingdom’s digital transformation journey at Cisco Connect Riyadh.
During the two-day flagship event including keynotes and panel discussions, Cisco showcased how it continues to align efforts with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 agenda and Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency theme — “Realizing the opportunities of the 21st century for all.”
“Cisco has long recognized the benefits of embracing technological innovations to drive growth — evolving how industries operate and enhancing experiences for wider society, through health care, education, energy and more. For over 20 years, Cisco has been working closely with the government and key stakeholders across public and private sectors to create new, improved opportunities for people in Saudi Arabia through a range of initiatives,” said Salman Faqeeh, managing director, Cisco Saudi Arabia.
Cisco has been collaborating with the Ministry of Economic Planning and the National Digitization Unit via its Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program. Since 2016, Cisco’s CDA program has focused on four national priority sectors including: Energy, health care, smart cities and education. The CDA program aims to foster innovation, create a vibrant digital economy, drive GDP growth and help increase the nation’s global competitiveness.

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Cisco has been working closely with the government and key stakeholders across public and private sectors to create new, improved opportunities for people in Saudi Arabia through a range of initiatives.

Cisco has also partnered with local academic, public and private institutions to deliver its Networking Academy (NetAcad) in Saudi Arabia. Focused on facilitating regional demand for skilled IT professionals, Cisco’s NetAcad was established in the Kingdom in 2000 and currently has more than 100 active networking academies in the country.
Cisco’s DevNet initiative has also had a presence in Saudi Arabia since 2017 aiming to build a community in which developers and IT professionals are upskilled and empowered to write applications and develop integrations with Cisco products, platforms and application program interfaces (APIs). Cisco has now announced the expansion of its DevNet platform, with a first-of-its-kind training and certification program, supporting the Kingdom’s focus on accelerating co-development and co-creation.
Faqeeh added: “We are uniquely positioned to identify the trends and requirements of the local technology industry, which is why we will continue to strengthen initiatives such as our CDA, NetAcad and DevNet programs in the Kingdom.”


PwC’s Academy launches accredited CMI qualification

PwC’s Academy launches accredited CMI qualification
Updated 19 January 2021

PwC’s Academy launches accredited CMI qualification

PwC’s Academy launches accredited CMI qualification

PwC’s Academy, the talent and skills development business of PwC, has recently been recognized as an approved center offering the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification in the Middle East. This professional qualification will develop core management skills, and enable aspiring leaders to acquire globally recognized accreditation.

Launching as a public course in February, the Level 5 diploma in management and leadership is designed to give participants the skills and competencies needed to become an effective manager. Live online training will be delivered through a flexible, bite-sized modular program over a one-year period. Upon completion, participants will be one step closer to CMI’s prestigious Chartered Manager status.

Amanda Line, partner at PwC’s Academy, said: “Leadership is required in all areas of an organization, no matter the industry, to set direction and unlock the greatest potential in teams. The CMI qualification not only equips participants with cross-functional management skills that form the building blocks of leadership, the fact that this is a globally recognized accreditation adds confidence to both participants and companies.”

The Level 5 diploma covers core subjects including finance management, project management, planning and procuring, and the principles of management and leadership. Participants can continue to progress through the CMI qualification by earning an award, certificate or diploma, depending on their professional goals.

PwC’s Academy will also offer Level 3 and Level 7 CMI qualifications as in-house training for organizations across the Middle East.

Winston Jacob, head of employer and partner provider relations at CMI, said: “Our mission at CMI is, and has been for the past 70 years, to raise the quality and standard of management in the workplace. We are delighted to partner with PwC’s Academy in the Middle East to offer a number of our globally recognized qualifications, and at a time that has never been more critical for the development of our future leaders.”