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.
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.”