Dell EMC has hosted its flagship Dell EMC Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Following Dell Technologies’ first anniversary as the world’s largest privately-controlled technology company, Dell EMC has been facilitating the economic directives of Vision 2030.
At this one-day event, Mohammed Amin, Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Dell EMC, discussed the importance of fostering public-private partnerships and increasing the employment rate to advance the national vision.
In addition, addressing Information Technology as an enabler, facilitator and accelerator of the transformation envisioned by Vision 2030, he outlined the heightened need to adopt new technologies and most importantly, invest in new skillsets to drive the vision for the Kingdom’s digital future.
Recent findings of a survey conducted by Dell Technologies, across 16 countries and 12 industries including the UAE and Saudi Arabia, indicate that only a small minority (4%) of organisations surveyed have implemented digital transformation initiatives and can be deemed as digital leaders.
This points to a bigger issue – although digital transformation is central to meet the regional digital agenda, it is not yet a strategic pillar to many organisations across the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
In light of this, the agenda for Dell EMC Forum 2017 was strategically aligned to its theme – ‘Making 2030 Real’. From sessions on driving IT Transformation with Dell EMC Ready Solutions to Workforce and Security Transformation and highlighting the power of the DELL EMC Internet of Things Strategy, the forum addressed key areas of improvement across various core sectors in Saudi Arabia.
The forum acts as a perfect platform to enable organisations to resolve pressing business and IT challenges in the public, financial services, energy, education, and SME sectors through the adoption of advanced technologies to power the Kingdom as a technology-driven economy.
Eng. Ahmed Alreshoodi, Director of Infrastructure and Operation department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia, said: “As one of the cornerstones of the economy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia continues to drive its efforts towards ensuring the whole technology infrastructure is aligned with the broader vision of the leadership. With our services becoming data-driven, we must constantly innovate to not only cater to the digital citizen but also to make great strides in building our digital economy. To this end, our strategic partnership with Dell EMC allows us to extend our capabilities as a ministry and strengthen our investments to create thriving environment that promises a higher quality of life and a sustainable future for the Kingdom.”
Dr.Majed Algethami, Dean of IT, Umm Al-Qura University, said: “A university is set apart by the experience of its key stakeholders – students and faculty. At Umm Al-Qura, we believe in creating a transformative environment that attracts talent which resonates with the objective of bridging the skills gap and training students for the jobs of tomorrow as per Vision 2030. To this end, continuing with our longstanding relationship with Dell EMC and as part of their Academic Alliance Programme, we were able to transform the technology experience of our students through hyper converged infrastructure and a modern data centre. These solutions enable us to ensure easy management of student registrations and round the clock access to data.”
Ghazi Sabri Shtaiwi, IT Department Head, Dallah Hospital, said: “As one of the critical building blocks of Vision 2030, we envisage improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare sector, on par with international standards. Keeping with our commitment, we have collaborated with Dell EMC on a transformational project, to offer digital medical services and deliver world-class healthcare for the betterment of our community. By deploying industry leading advanced solutions such as Dell EMC data backup and recovery, Unity All-Flash storage and Dell workstations, we aim to provide our patients with a truly integrated and connected healthcare system that can enable them to achieve their wellness goals and advance our efforts towards the realisation of our national vision.”
Mohamed Talaat, Vice President, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Levant at Dell EMC: said: “We know that digitisation is critical to realise the directives of Vision 2030, which has initiated a new wave of enterprising opportunities for the Kingdom. To this end, it is imperative for organisations in the Kingdom to make digitisation central to their business strategies, which is essential in achieving the larger objective of our ambitious vision, that is, to drive innovation and sustainable economic growth. Only then can the Kingdom create an environment that fosters talent, high levels of innovation and ensures betterment of our people and community.”