Cash in a flash

When Kuwait Credit Bank introduced a new loan scheme for women in 2011, it received unprecedented and unmanageable demand in its branches. CIO Tariq Al-Usaimi was compelled to create an artificial intelligence solution that slashed the loan approval time to an astonishing 90 seconds.

First in flight

Gulf Air, the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has a history of flying high. The firm’s Director of IT, Dr. Jassim Haji, relished the opportunity to upgrade its data centre to a first-class package.

Information investment

With its companies siloed and speaking different IT languages, Khalifa Butti Bin Omeir Group needed a fresh solution that could unite its finance and HR operations. Samir Mayani, IT Director, KBBO, opted for a Cloud-based ERP solution to drive the change.

Five-star access

In the hospitality industry, service is everything. When the quality of Internet wasn’t up to the Amwaj Rotana’s high standards, IT Director Rabih Merhy sought a new solution that could keep business and leisure guests connected throughout the facility.

Set in concrete

With a lack of sufficient processes to ensure timely delivery of its product, Gulf Precast was suffering. Mohammad Shahzad, ICT Manager, Gulf Precast Concrete, implemented an enterprise-wide ERP solution which has vastly improved operating processes and had a huge impact on the company’s bottom line.

Savvy shopping

Shoppers at the global grocery chain Carrefour come in for the savings, and leave laden down with the week’s shop. What they don’t see are the piles of paperwork it takes to keep things running smoothly. The potential for data loss when working with a paper-based system was simply too high for Ihab Damouri, GM of HR , Carrefour Middle East, to abide. He turned to technology for a solution.

Paper purge

Any firm specialising in construction and engineering work needs rock solid business processes to match its concrete end products. Unfortunately for BATCO Group, a reliance on paper documents left the firm with serious problems. IT Manager Chadi Eid sought an enterprise content management solution as a remedy.

The powerhouse

King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah has a vital new research tool. Not just any new system, its High Performance Computer has been rated as the 360th most powerful supercomputer in the world. Dr Iyad Katib, Director of the High Performance Computing Centre, discusses the current and future uses of the behemoth.

Virtual velocity

With a growing number of passengers and an ever-expanding fleet of planes, flydubai is soaring. With success such as theirs, however, often come a few challenges. To address their IT needs, flydubai turned to virtualisation so that their vision would never be grounded.

Cool, calm, connected

When planning a getaway, most travellers fantasise of ice cold beverages on the beach, relaxing massages and thowing their smartphone into the ocean. The reality is, however, that modern holiday-makers can rarely ditch their devices completely. When they need to connect, they demand speeds that will get them away from the screen and back on the beach.

Slicker city

The road to Ajman Vision 2021 has already begun, the initiative demanding a happier, greener emirate driven by a ‘distinguished government’. A key partner of the project is city planner Ajman Municipality, whose increasingly mobile employees needed a sharper Wi-Fi solution to catalyse the mandate’s ambitious objectives.

Upgraded opportunity

Fady Sleiman, CIO, Waha Capital, does not see areas of weakness. Instead, he prefers to see opportunities. When he had the opportunity to streamline the technology infrastructure in the office, he and his team went all in.

Fit for a king

Although Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Foundation instigates a host of positive outbound interactions, the same could not be said of its internal communications. That was until Chief Technology Officer Hazem Jarrar began a fresh unified communications implementation that has transformed the way the company does business.

Lighter load

With ports in the Middle East, United States and South America, the expectations of Gulftainer’s customers stretch even further than the port and logistics company’s operations. After huge expansion plans were initiated in 2012, Group IT Manager, Vinay Sharma, was tasked with bringing outdated IT infrastructure up to the company’s high standards.

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