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Qatar’s Business ICT Spend Grows to Nearly USD 3 Billion by 2019

March 20, 2017 by SAP News 0

DOHA, QATARQatar Petrochemical Company Recognized as Leading Middle East Digital Innovator

Qatar Petrochemical Company was named today as among the most digitally-innovative organizations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Showing the strong potential for digital transformation, ICT spending by Qatar’s commercial sector is set to grow by 47 percent, from USD 1.9 billion in 2015 to USD 2.8 billion in 2019, according to a recent report by the Qatar Ministry of Transport and Communications. In the wider region, the Middle East cloud infrastructure services market is set to more than triple to USD 7.5 billion by 2021.

Recognizing regional innovators, global digital transformation enabler SAP awarded four organizations as gold winners in its annual SAP Middle East and North Africa Quality Awards.

Qatar Petrochemical Company, a global leader in producing low-density polyethylene, has been selected as a Gold Winner for backing Qatar National Vision 2030’s economic diversification goals. In partnership with IBM, Qatar Petrochemical Company digitized its operations in Spend Management with SAP Ariba, human resources with SAP SuccessFactors, and enterprise resource planning with the SAP HANA platform.

“In the highly competitive and complex petrochemicals industry, real-time technology is providing a new level of business competitiveness and driving Qatar’s diversified economy. Qatar Petrochemical Company now has full inventory visibility, and automated reports on manufacturing and customer questions and insights – leading to faster decision-making and better visibility on production,” said Ahmad Al-Hashemi, Information Technology Manager, Qatar Petrochemical Company.

“We believe that with honest commitment and perseverance, which has been the trademark of our people, success is certain. Our challenge is, not only to embrace this change unwaveringly, but also to leverage its potential to the fullest,” added Ahmad Al-Hashemi.

Nakilat, the Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd, and the world’s largest LNG ship owner, was also recognized for its deployment of the cloud-based SAP HANA platform, as well as SuccessFactors for human resources.

“Qatar’s strong progress in digital transformation is exemplified by the new digital business models by Qatar Petrochemical Company and Nakilat, which support diversified economic growth. Public-private partnerships enable Middle East organizations across all industries to adopt the real-time technology that is the foundation of Digital Economy competitiveness and customer happiness,” said Frank Forndron, Head of Customer Office, SAP MENA, and Quality Management, SAP Emerging Markets.

Aligned with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, with Clariba, won gold for delivering real-time e-government services to more than 300,000 businesses and consumers. Using Big Data analytics, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company is making faster decisions, enabling customers to access their utilities billing and consumption online, and improving performance while cutting costs.

Supporting Saudi Vision 2030’s smart government goals, the Saudi General Authority of Zakat & Tax (GAZT), with partner Invenio, received gold for replacing legacy systems with a digital core. By automating tax collection (ERAD), the Authority now provides 77 e-services for more than 350,000 taxpayers, cutting processing time for tax collection officers and taxpayers, and driving taxpayer happiness.

Saudi building materials and lighting products conglomerate Al Nasser Trading and Import Company, with partner ISYX Technologies, won the golden award for having improved its materials requirements planning by 40 percent thanks to real-time project sales and wholesale solutions.