IT firm Noha Alwosta expansion in line with Vision 2030

IT firm Noha Alwosta expansion in line with  Vision 2030
Saajan Lathif, managing director of Noha Alwosta.
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Updated 16 March 2020

IT firm Noha Alwosta expansion in line with Vision 2030

IT firm Noha Alwosta expansion in line with  Vision 2030

IT company Noha Alwosta is seeking to expand its business across the member states of the GCC, with a primary focus on Saudi Arabia. The ambitious expansion plan of Noha Alwosta is in line with Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for setting up a sophisticated digital infrastructure in the country, said Saajan Lathif, managing director of Noha Alwosta.
“Alwosta today ranks as a leading global information technology company offering solutions in the Middle East region, including Saudi Arabia. We are a leader in the global consulting delivering business, technology and outsourcing services,” said Lathif.
Referring to the services being offered by Alwosta, he said: “We offer a full suite of IT services and solutions including ERP (enterprise resource planning) implementation, project management, system consulting, EAI (enterprise application integration), application development, migration and re-engineering, business process management, data warehousing, data management, and business intelligence. We also provide networking and support.”  
The company, which has opened offices in the Kingdom, also offers a range of IT solutions for small and medium enterprises. “These affordable solutions are designed to fit your needs — both now and in the future,” said the Alwosta chief, adding that they have the potential to develop innovative products and services for new and existing markets.
Lathif said the company can also help clients to cut procurement costs, build collaborative supplier relationships, and streamline purchasing and sourcing processes. “Alwosta offers solutions to manage procure-to-pay processes in one, unified solution besides enabling self-service procurement and automated workflows,” he said.
The young Indian entrepreneur, from the southern Indian city of Bengaluru, also known as the “Silicon Valley of India,” overcame his humble beginnings to become the owner of the IT consulting company.
Lathif said the company is also planning to open 12 world-class cafes in Saudi Arabia this year. Commenting on the unusual combination of an IT business and a food and beverage business, he said: “Entrepreneurship to me is a way of life. I am the kind of person that is always looking for new adventures, new challenges, and new people.”
He added: “I have created some projects in the real estate sector as well and this is what entrepreneurship is all about, a lot of trial and error. But it also comes with a huge learning curve with business lessons.

 


‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

Updated 03 December 2020

‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

‘KAUST Challenge’ seeks tech ideas for Hajj & Umrah

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has launched a new campaign to catalyze research, innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia through new crowdsourcing initiatives that challenge local and international talents to identify ideas and solutions that advance the Kingdom’s national priorities and support Vision 2030. With the “KAUST Challenge,” the university is seeking to develop and support bold science, technology, and engineering initiatives that aim to transform the lives of Saudis and develop Saudi talents.

“We wish to draw on the participative power of crowdsourcing to solve problems faced in the Kingdom and the world with the KAUST Challenge,” said Najah Ashry, vice president for strategic national advancement at KAUST. “The speed, flexibility and scalability of crowdsourcing will bring us new science-based ideas and solutions that can be further developed through deep collaboration with players in the Kingdom’s research-development-innovation ecosystem.”

The focus of the inaugural 2020 edition of the KAUST Challenge is on improving the Hajj and Umrah experience for pilgrims from all over the world and on advancing efforts to make Makkah a smart city. The KAUST Challenge will play an active role in advancing one of the Kingdom’s national priorities of better serving the increasing number of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and improving their experiences in the two holy cities. It will identify and support science- and technology-based ideas and solutions that can move quickly into the market for SR1 million ($266,000) in cash and other prizes. The challenge spans three themes: Healthcare, to increase preventative measures to ensure health and well-being for all pilgrims, a concern augmented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; mobility to ensure adequate availability and access to public and private transportation; and crowd management, to enhance infrastructure to meet capacity requirements for large crowds.

To gather valuable inputs from this challenge, KAUST is targeting a wide group of national and international participants to submit their ideas and solutions, including startups (growth stage startups or scaleups with solutions proven by the market), innovators (seed startups and IP-holders with ideas or solutions yet to be fully market tasted), and general public (students, academics, entrepreneurs and individuals in society).

“Advances in high technology can assist in solving the challenges that Hajj and Umrah pilgrims face. We know that people here in Saudi Arabia and across the world have great solutions to contribute,” said Ashry. “We are excited to receive their submissions and to offer our neighbors in Makkah creative and unique ideas that we hope will serve all pilgrims.

Submission to the KAUST Challenge is now open and will run until Jan. 5, 2021 with a virtual final event that will take place on an immersive platform at the end of February 2021, where the three best ideas, one for each theme, will be selected by a panel of qualified judges and one grand prize will be awarded.