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Intertek to Speak at SAUDI TRANSTEC 2014 Exhibition and Conference

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Intertek to Speak at SAUDI TRANSTEC 2014 Exhibition and Conference

43Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, will be presenting at the 5th International SAUDI TRANSTEC 2014 Exhibition and Conference in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, taking place December 8 - 10, 2014. The three day event showcases the new developments within Saudi Arabia’s transport and logistics industry, explores supply chain challenges and shares new process solutions and improvements.

Dr. Andrew Swift, Senior Vice President, will be describing ways to minimize unseen Corporate Risk from the supply chain across different industry sectors using tools such as Intertek’s own Global Supplier Management (GSM) System.

“Intertek understands the difficulties that global companies face in firstly identifying and then validating the credentials of all of their suppliers when assessing risk within their supply chain,” said Dr. Swift. “The frequency and level of disruption depends upon an array of factors including; a supplier’s financial credentials, manufacturing quality, safety, and security, as well as its sustainability and social responsibility. Intertek’s GSM is one web-based platform, which enables companies to efficiently and effectively evaluate their supplier’s performance verified supplier data in the areas most critical to their business.”

Increasing Corporate standards for better risk management, compliance and product traceability are driving the need for higher-quality information management and supply chain transparency. GSM provides cost-effective supplier management enabling companies to quickly and easily find the key information required to reduce supply chain risk.

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STC Advanced Solutions participates as Technical Sponsor of ‘Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region’ conference

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STC Advanced Solutions participates as Technical Sponsor of ‘Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region’ conference

4170STC Advanced Solutions, an STC group subsidiary and key provider of advanced, turnkey and reliable Information Technology (IT) solutions, participates as the ‘Technology Sponsor’ of the ‘Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region’ Conference. The three-day conference is being held under the sponsorship of H.E. Engineer Adel Bin Muhammad Fakeih, Minister of Labor and Minister of Health, with the theme, ‘Bridging the Gaps.’

According to Dr. Sultan Bin Hassan Bin Said, STC Advanced Solutions’ Chief Executive Officer, the international conference plays a significant role towards the fight against cancer—serving as an interactive platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge & experience and the review of international best practices in the efforts to prevent and control the disease. He added that the event will also allow experts in the medical field to discuss the latest technologies, breakthroughs and methodologies in reducing the economic burden brought about by cancer in Arab Gulf countries; calling for the strengthening of channels via more productive initiatives and programs designed to support the efforts to reduce the negative effects of cancer while also leaving a positive impact across local communities.

“Our participation as Technology Sponsor for this event falls in line with our commitment towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)—one of our most important and strategic priorities. We are pleased to be a part of the event’s list of distinguished sponsors, who have all expressed their support for the efforts to raise awareness in the campaign against cancer. Rest assured that we will continue to provide care and support for similar initiatives and national campaigns that are aimed at promoting unity, cooperation and bolstering community development,” Dr. Bin Said added.

Held between October 21 and 23, 2014 at the King Faisal Conference Hall of the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel, the International Conference on the ‘Burden of Cancer in the Gulf Region’ will provide an opportunity for healthcare providers, cancer control experts, decision makers, economists, non-governmental organizations and public activists in the Gulf region to bridge the gaps in fighting against cancer. The agenda of the three-day conference consists of a series of discussions and meetings focusing on urgent issues like ‘Burden of Cancer—Status and Strategies,’ ‘Control of Cancer in Arab Gulf States,’ and ‘Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cancer—Conceptual Issues.’ The conference will also look towards tackling the roles of primary healthcare centers in detecting the disease at its early stages and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the success of programs to combat cancer and ways to improve training and support for scientific research and other key efforts.

STC Advanced Solutions is part of the Saudi Telecom group (STC) ongoing commitment to develop into a leading regional ICT player. The new undertaking provides a range of services including System Integration, Managed Services, M2M and Cloud Services, to government and private enterprises across key sectors like e-health, education, oil & gas, financial services and transportation among others.

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Riyadh to host 3rd Saudi Megaprojects conference

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Riyadh to host 3rd Saudi Megaprojects conference

433Riyadh is to host distinguished speakers and delegates at the 3rd annual Saudi Mega Transport & Infrastructure conference at the Al Faisaliah Hotel on 16-17 September.

The event’s opening keynote address will be delivered by HE Dr Muhammad Al Jasser, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Economy & Planning. Other speakers will highlight the opportunities emerging in the kingdom’s large-scale projects market.

Saudi Mega Transport & Infrastructure conference is organised by MEED and supported by the King Saud Foundation. Its aim is to support Saudi Arabia’s intensifying effort to promote the non-oil sector, says Faisal Alfadl, secretary general of King Abdullah initiative for Green Building and head of the conference’s organising committee.

“After two consecutive conferences on the subject, it is clear there is a growing need to establish a megaproject management culture where leading public and private sector project management firms can focus their growing attention on the opportunities for employment and investment in the region’s largest construction market,” Alfadl says.

According to MEED data, a total of more than 80 megaprojects each worth at least $1bn, are underway or planned for completion by 2030. This makes the kingdom the Middle East’s largest megaproject market by a wide margin.

Other speakers will highlight the opportunities emerging in the kingdom’s large-scale projects market. They include Saudi Aramco’s plan to invest $40 billion a year over the next decade to keep oil production capacity steady and double gas production, Saudi Aramco’s president and chief executive office Khalid Al-Falih said at a conference in Stavanger at the end of August.

“The resurgence of large scale and complex projects and programmes being developed in the GCC region continues to present delivery challenges to the mega-project industry,” says CH2M Hill Saudi Arabia Country Manager Amer Khan. “Part of the overall holistic solution is to implement tailored program management methodologies for mega project delivery with strategic level integrated teams comprising project owners, sponsors and world class delivery professionals.”

Representatives of the world’s leading project management companies will tell the MEED Saudi Mega Transport & Infrastructure Projects conference that the kingdom’s project continues to be highly attractive.

“The Saudi Arabian megaproject market is an exciting, challenging and rapidly growing entity,” says Faithful & Gould regional development director David Clifton. “To ensure successful delivery, we need to ensure global best practice, procedures and systems are both brought and then tailored to the market and implanted. Further, with the rapid rise of major programmes, we need to develop intelligent procurement as the supply stretches and capacity is taken up by multiple mega programs running concurrently.”

“We see the kingdom’s public and private development a real opportunity for our commitment of expansion of design-build and construction services from Riyadh and Al Khobar to Jeddah, King Abdullah Economic City, and most of the cities,” says Shapoorji Pallonji International senior vice president Steven Miller. “We are proud to be part of the renovation and addition to the King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh. It shows the continued depth of the commitment of the government to upgrade all of their infrastructure.”

The challenges associated with delivering some of the world’s largest and most demanding megaprojects are also formidable. They include the groundbreaking $20bn Riyadh Metro. First work on the project is now beginning. Further major metro projects are planned for Makkah and Jeddah.

“The public transport programme being rolled out in Saudi Arabia will be truly revolutionary, contributing to economic growth, social and job mobility and easing the otherwise chronic congestion of city streets,” says Hyder Consulting regional rail director Geoff Leffek who will address the MEED Saudi Mega Transport & Infrastructure Conference on 16 September. “ Essential in the development of these networks is integration with commercial and residential developments. These are exciting times for designers and contractors to contribute to a step change in the growth and development of the nation’s major cities.”

The MEED Saudi Mega Transport & Infrastructure Conference will be told the solution is action to increase labour productivity and the efficiency of the design and delivery process. Human talent always comes first, says Hill International senior vice president John Spitz of Hill International.

“The mega project challenge in Saudi Arabia is huge but it can be overcome by the talent and quality of the people that you employ,” he says.

Technology will play a critical role, the conference will be told.

“The construction industry which includes design, engineering and construction has been plagued by flat and declining productivity, low growth and constant complaints about margin compression,” says global head of programme management at Arcadis Julio Maggi.

“There has been very little innovation. We really don’t’ design things any better, faster or cheaper than we have done in the past. So we are no delivering value to the client that you see happening in the microchip industry for example.”

“There needs to be more innovation and a wider embrace of the technologies that are emerging including robotics, 3-D printing and driverless vehicles. A wider adoption of BIM would be beneficial, particularly in large infrastructure programmes. Saudi Arabia has a vision for 2025.”

Maggi is the chairman of the MEED pre-conference Developing a Programme Management Culture in Saudi Arabia masterclass at the Al Faisaliah Hotel on 15 September. CH2M Hill’s Khan, Hill Internatiol’s Spitz and Clifton from Faithful & Gould will participate.

The importance of information management and full lifecycle BIM on megaprojects will the subject of a special breakfast briefing at the conference on 17 September hosted by Bentley Systems.

“The Saudi Mega Transport & Infrastructure conference will concentrate on finding solutions to the megaproject challenge the kingdom faces,” says MEED Event’s chairman Edmund O’Sullivan, who will moderate the event. “This will involve assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the project delivery supply chain from master planning to operations and maintenance.”

The challenge will be enormous, but the rewards will be greater, the conference will be told.

“In 11 years, the world will be unrecognisable principally because of the emergence of technology,” says Maggio. “Will the construction industry keep up? Are we going to try to push for more value for our clients? The good news that if we do, the capital markets will reward us and our clients will do so with better margins.”

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International Thought Leaders on Energy and Water Management Return to Abu Dhabi for Leading Conference

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International Thought Leaders on Energy and Water Management Return to Abu Dhabi for Leading Conference

434 Delegates from over 65 countries are set to attend the upcoming POWER-GEN Middle East (PGME) and WaterWorld Middle East (WWME) Conferences and Exhibition to be held in Abu Dhabi from 12 to 14 of October 2014 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

A first for region, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation will also be hosting a forum during the conferences, endorsed by the Russian Energy Minister, as part of the Russian government’s commitment to providing global energy security, developing international energy cooperation and ensuring sustainable economic development of the MENA region. This full-day event is expected to attract additional delegates from around the globe interested in learning more about Russia’s 2030 Energy Strategy and investment opportunities in the energy sector.

“Global interest in the MENA region is being driven by an estimated future growth in electricity demand of, on average, seven per cent per year, which is likely to require an investment of as much as $283 billion within the region’s overall power sector, between 2014 and 2018, “ said Nigel Blackaby, Event Director of PGME.” “POWER-GEN Middle East is returning to Abu Dhabi in response to the progressive solutions put forward by local companies to address the energy demands in the region, and in acknowledgment of its investment potential. We are pleased to see POWER-GEN Middle East Conference back in Abu Dhabi where it first started 12 years ago.”

Dr. Hisham Khatib, Honorary Vice Chairman, World Energy Council, Jordan, and former Jordanian Minister of Energy, will be the keynote speaker alongside other prestigious speakers including Alan Thomson, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC).

“The Middle East offers exciting business opportunities for the global water industry,” said Alan Thomson. “Spurred on by a buoyant economy and population growth, the GCC countries are looking to invest $130 billion over the next decade to meet future water demand and introduce new measures to achieve long-term sustainable water and energy supplies. It is the goal of WaterWorld Middle East to connect investors with innovators to create a more sustainable path forward for water conservation and management, and ADSSC looks forward to learning more about best practices from international leaders in order to best protect this at-risk resource.”

The 12th annual POWER-GEN Middle East provides the platform for the international power community to meet and receive vital information first hand. The event offers a unique forum to meet the region’s power needs by putting them face-to-face with key decision makers and providing the best possible opportunity to share ideas, meet new contacts and build business relationships.

For the third occasion, WaterWorld Middle East will be held as a co-located event with POWER-GEN Middle East, establishing itself as an important regional event dedicated to strategic and technical issues in the water and wastewater industry.

The Delegate Early Bird Discount offering at least 10% off is available until 12 September 2014 and visitor entry to the exhibition is free.

The Preliminary Event Guides for POWER-Gen Middle East and WaterWorld Middle East are now available and can be found at www.power-gen-middleeast.com and www.waterworldmiddleeast.com.

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MEED rail conference in Dubai to be addressed by star speakers

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MEED rail conference in Dubai to be addressed by star speakers

4A powerful panel of global industry leaders and Middle East government decision-makers will address the 10th Annual MENA Rail & Metro Summit at The Conrad Hotel in Dubai on 20-22 October 2014.

They include GCC Secretariat General transport Chief Ibrahim Al Sabti and GCC World Bank adviser Ramiz Al Assar who will provide an update about the ground-breaking multi-billion dollar GCC Railway, the most important rail project in Middle East history that starts operating in four years.

Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority (RTA) will provide an update about the Dubai metro and tram programme. Dubai Tram, the first tramway in Arabia, opens in November and plans are being developed for a vital extension of the existing Dubai Metro Red Line to the site of the World Expo 2020 which opens in October 2020.

Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Company Deputy Managing Director Mohammed Montazeri will tell the conference about one of the world’s most ambitious urban railway programmes and the progress it’s made in the past two years.

The conference will hear about more than $150bn worth of major railway, metro and tram projects under way or planned in the Middle East and North Africa region and the opportunities this is creating for the global rail and engineering industry.

“More than $25bn-worth of rail contracts are expected to be awarded in 2014, with a similar amount likely in 2015,” says MEED Insight Head Ed James.

“These include packages for the Doha, Jeddah and Abu Dhabi metros, the second phase of the Etihad Rail project, the third phase of Line 3 of the Cairo metro and various tram projects in Algeria.”

Ed James will be delivering a keynote address at the 10th Annual MENA Rail & Metro Summit 2014.

Figures compiled by MEED show that plans call for the total length of MENA region railway track to be increased by 40,000 kilometres from under 29,000 kilometres at present. The largest railway programme is in Saudi Arabia where the aim is to build 10,000 kilometres of track compared with 2,415km at present in the form of the Riyadh-Dammam lines and the North-South Mineral Railway to Ras al-Khair.

More than one quarter of the new railway track is to be laid in the GCC, including the GCC railway from Kuwait City to Muscat in Oman. Plans for the regulation and operation of the railway are now being finalised.

Topics to be tackled at the conference include:

Railway, metro and tram plans in the GCC and their implications for the regional transport network.

Railway and mass urban transport plans in Algeria, Morocco and Egypt

How the global construction industry is addressing the Middle East rail megaproject challenge

New methods of financing major rail projects in the Middle East

The conversation about MENA rail and metro projects will be continued this October at the 10th Annual MENA Rail and Metro Summit in Dubai. Visit www.meedrailprojects.com for more information about the Summit and its star speaker line up.

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Building safety standards in focus at Safety Design in Buildings Conference in Qatar

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Building safety standards in focus at Safety Design in Buildings Conference in Qatar

4182The importance of Safety in building design across is coming into sharp focus across the GCC, which is currently in the midst of a building boom. The upcoming Safety Design in Buildings Conference being held at the Renaissance Doha City Centre hotel in the Qatari capital on June 17th, will turn the focus on vital topics affecting the construction industry in the region including: building design, evacuation, fire safety, building codes and the current standards of safety in the regional built-up environment.

Organised by Sesam Business Consultants, the conference is sponsored by Intersec - the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. The conference forms part of a GCC-wide initiative to debate and highlight the current standards of safety and security in buildings in the region as well as to promote a dialogue between regional industry professionals and international experts.

“Safety in building design is a topic of vital importance in the GCC as the region forges ahead with new real estate and infrastructure development projects,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organiser of Intersec. “The Safety Design in Building Conference will bring together a large number of industry stakeholders in a useful and informative forum to discuss current needs and requirements and the latest building safety codes and government regulations.”

“As the leading regional trade gathering for security and safety, Intersec is proud to be an official sponsor of such an important platform that promotes the adoption of the latest building evacuation and safety measures across the GCC,” Pauwels added.

The Safety Design in Buildings Conference features a high-powered panel of international safety and design experts. Supported by the American Institute of Architects Middle East, the Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB), the Society of Facade Engineering (CIBSE) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM Internaitonal), the conference targets architects, engineers, regulators and related professionals of the construction and contracting industry.

On the conference programme are presentations and panel discussions on: Fire and Facades; Access Control and Egress Planning; Phased Evacuation for High Rises; Safety considerations for high rises and super talls; The next level of safety specification standards, as well as other vital fire safety and building design topics of interest to regional construction and safety professionals.

After Doha, the conference will also subsequently visit Manama, Kuwait, Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Muscat.

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Abu Dhabi Airports to co-host 134th IATA Slots conference

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Abu Dhabi Airports to co-host 134th IATA Slots conference

4131Abu Dhabi Airports, along with Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, and Etihad Airways will host 1000 delegates from over 200 airlines and airports at this year’s 134th IATA Slots Conference taking place from the 10th – 12th June at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The IATA Slots Conference - a voluntary assembly of IATA and non-IATA airlines - is one of the largest gatherings in the International Airport Transport Association’s (IATA) calendar. The goal of the conference is for airlines and airports to secure the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers.

As one of IATA’s largest events, representatives of over 60 schedules-facilitated or fully coordinated airports convene at this semi-annual meeting to secure their slots for the following year. As Abu Dhabi prepares to welcome the delegates, the hosts have estimated the conference will deliver a direct economic impact of AED4.8 million (US $1.3 million) to the emirate.

H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is honored to co-host this conference which brings together major regional and international aviation industry players. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the investment in and progress towards Abu Dhabi’s aviation infrastructure. In fact, guests at our conference will fly over the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Airports’ multibillion-dollar investment program - the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) - which will open in July 2017 providing a full terminal building, passenger and cargo facilities, and world class duty-free shops and restaurants. The terminal will have capacity to handle 30 million passengers per year, and up to 8,500 passengers per hour.”

H.E. added: “Abu Dhabi is a natural location for large-scale events such as this. A true destination of distinction, the emirate is developing at a significant rate providing a stable, safe environment with a unique mix of local heritage and international influences. In Addition, with Abu Dhabi International Airport registering double digit growth in passenger numbers year-on-year, there is a clear need for a world-class aviation hub here in the capital to meet this demand. “

Abu Dhabi Airports tonight will host a glittering gala dinner during the conference, with a variety of locally-grown entertainment on offer to delight guests, giving them a unique Emirati experience. A three day Airport Slots & Scheduling Training Course was offered prior to the start of the conference.

Peter Stanton, Head of Worldwide Airport Slots, IATA, said: “IATA is delighted to be bringing the 134th IATA Slots Conference to the Middle East and in particular to Abu Dhabi for the first time in its 65 year history. Abu Dhabi Airports has been absolutely instrumental in bidding for the conference and we are extremely grateful for their generous support and sponsorship of the Gala dinner which I’m sure all delegates found memorable.”

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Kuwait’s 1st Industrial Automation Security Conference concludes Organized by KPC and EQUATE

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Kuwait’s 1st Industrial Automation Security Conference concludes Organized by KPC and EQUATE

485The First Kuwait Industrial Automation & Control Systems Cyber Security Conference (KIACS Cyber Security Conference 2014), organized by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) & Subsidiaries and EQUATE Petrochemical Company, concluded its activities.

The conference which was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ali Al-Omair, Minister of Oil, State Minister for National Assembly Affairs and KPC Board Chairman, and with the attendance of delegates from Saudi Aramco, SABIC and Petro Rabigh, addressed the technical challenges that face the industrial sector, particularly within the oil sector, as well as the ways to deal with the threats facing the cyber security of industrial control systems and how to develop best practices and solutions. During panels discussions and addresses by experts and professionals from around the world, several key topics were highlighted, including: how to develop an encompassing strategy to face the mutual threats facing industries regionally and internationally, the ways to spread awareness regarding the importance of protecting industrial automation and control systems from cyber threat and the need to protect the basic infrastructure for economic security.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Al-Omair said: “Launching the First Kuwait Industrial Automation & Control Systems Cyber Security Conference (KIACS Cyber Security Conference 2014) is definitely a step on the right path to tackle various challenges and address the latest developments that serve the sustainability of all relevant sectors, through collaboration, coordination, leveraging expertise and exchanging views, for the benefit of the Kuwaiti and global industries as a whole”

Nizar Al-Adsani, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation said in his introductory speech: “Since its inception in 1980, KPC has set itself to be one of the global leaders in its business fields, and being the mother company for several multi-functional entities has made facing arising challenges a must, not only to ensure business continuity, but also to safeguard overall sustainability. On its own, sustainability is a simple word, yet the essence of it lies in making all elements work together in harmony, and the focus of this conference gathering us today is the harmony of our much valued and treasured Industrial Control Systems (ICS), which constitute the critical infrastructure and backbone of our industries.”

He also added: “I truly believe we, together, have an opportunity to make a positive difference through this event, a distinguished difference that helps in building proper constructive awareness and understandings about ICS, its challenges, its best practices, implementation methodologies and solutions.”

In his own welcome address at the opening ceremony, Mohammad Husain, President and CEO of EQUATE said: “In the past, IT systems and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) were simple in comparison with current available technology in terms of hardware, software and applications. Nowadays, the matter is not only about developing an IT or an ICS solution and releasing it after thorough testing, but it is also relevant to ensuring its overall security, reliability and other matters.”

More than 75 local, regional & international companies took part with over 400 executives and professionals attended the conference, to address key matters relevant to industrial control systems (ICS) in the energy sectors of oil, gas and petrochemicals to increase awareness, share knowledge, counter threats, address arising challenges and other relevant topics.

The two-day conference included panel discussions, expert presentations and specialized workshops with the participation of over 20 senior officials and expert professional from around the world. The conference also included an exhibition where top technology and cyber security firms from around the world presented the latest advances in devices and software.

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Red Hat to serve as Gold Partner at SAP Forum and SUGMENA Conference in Riyadh

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Red Hat to serve as Gold Partner at SAP Forum and SUGMENA Conference in Riyadh

4243Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, is set to serve as a Gold Partner in the upcoming SAP Forum and SUGMENA Conference being held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 26th of May, 2014. The event, themed ‘Innovation through Simplification - Innovate your Future- with the Cloud’, is expected to draw an attendance of up to 1500 senior executives, business managers and decision makers from leading businesses across the Middle East.

David Postel, senior alliances manager at Red Hat, will deliver a presentation entitled ‘The alliance between SAP and Red Hat from both a business and a technical perspective’. This will detail the successes that the companies have shared in their 15 years of collaboration. The open source leader’s product teams continue to work closely with SAP developers to deliver real-time innovation, which provides a scalable, standardized, highly available SAP platform that is cloud-ready.

The SAP Forum and SUGMENA Conference is the largest annual gathering of SAP customers, business leaders and senior industry experts in the MENA region. It gives attendees the chance to gain valuable insights from keynotes, informative panel discussions and breakout sessions. Case studies and customer experiences will be highlighted at the event and customers will also have the chance to engage with SAP partners and solution providers who will also be in attendance.

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Kingdom’s Top Businesses Set to Showcase Benefits of Cloud Computing and Tech-Driven Innovation at SAP Forum and SUGMENA Conference

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Kingdom’s Top Businesses Set to Showcase Benefits of Cloud Computing and Tech-Driven Innovation at SAP Forum and SUGMENA Conference

4185The Kingdom’s premier businesses are set to demonstrate the benefits of cloud computing and tech-driven innovations at the upcoming SAP Forum and SUGMENA Conference.

At the event, held on 26 May 2014 under the theme of “Innovate Your Future – With the Cloud”, industry experts from SAP, as well as its partners and customers, will demonstrate how businesses can leverage the cloud and other breakthrough technologies such as mobile and real-time big data analytics to shift their focus from managing the IT landscape to growing their business and enhancing ROI.

“As the Kingdom continues to support its knowledge-based economy and entrepreneurs, and as its population drives strong mobile device adoption, enterprises of all sizes are looking to the latest innovations to unlock real-time predictive business insights and true ROI,” said Majed Al Mutairi, President, SUGMENA.

SUGMENA to Launch Region’s First C-Level Council

The SAP User Group – Middle East and North Africa (SUGMENA), is an independent non-profit organization and networking platform comprised of all companies using SAP in the MENA region. SUGMENA is one of 16 members of the SAP User Group – Executive Network (SUGEN), a networking platform that takes SAP’s influence to the global level.

In the Kingdom, SUGMENA will launch the region’s first meeting of the C-Level Council, which facilitates networking exclusively among SUGMENA executive members. SUGMENA will also launch the third MENA region Local Special Interest Group, (Local SIG). This is a forum for customers and SAP to meet, align, collaborate, plan, and define priorities. Customers will receive advance information about local products releases’ recent updates, participate in products innovation, and share thoughts and feedback.

“Our C-Level Council and Special Interest Group welcome the region’s senior executives to exchange ideas and benefit from a network addressing SAP’s latest innovations, while also enhancing our membership knowledge sharing, and supporting the next generation of leaders and their business expansion.” said William Khalil, Influence and Liaison Director, SUGMENA.

SAP Forum Leads with Innovation Vision

The SAP Forum and SUGMENA Conference features keynote addresses from a line-up of prominent SAP executives, including Luka Mucic, Head of Global Finance and Member of the Global Managing Board of SAP AG and Ahmed Al Faifi, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia. There will also be presentations from SAP customers in the Kingdom, including Saudi Airlines.

In addition, there will be keynote addresses from Forum Diamond Partner HP. The Forum also features breakout session on the cloud, featuring SAP experts and executives from Platinum Partners Fujitsu and EMC.

Visitors have a choice of attending interactive breakout sessions, networking with peers on the show floor, engaging with industry value experts at the various pods, theater presentations will host a wide range of topics, including data quality, information governance, landscape virtualization, big data, and mobility.

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