Numerous locations in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are emerging as upcoming destinations for global services delivery. Several multinational companies have set up their centers in the MEA region to deliver services to Europe and North America, and tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Uber are leveraging it for global services delivery.
What’s the appeal?
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New regulations are boosting the sector.
The clouds over Russia’s burgeoning e-commerce sector are swelling, but that is a good thing as cloud services are expanding on the back of new regulations that are feeding an already fast growing business. Continue reading “Russia’s Cloud Service Businesses Are Expanding”
Group to form consortium with Marubeni to develop 2.4GW power plant in Fujairah
Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) and Japan-based Marubeni Corporation on Sunday announced the formation of a consortium to develop the Fujairah F3 independent power producer (IPP) project, which will be the largest independent thermal power plant in the UAE. Continue reading “Abu Dhabi Power to develop largest thermal plant in the UAE”
The built-environment industry has been going through a steady transformation in recent years in a bid to improve productivity, reduce costs, improve safety, and create better jobs. These efforts are part of the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Construction Industry Transformation Map with digitalisation as its key plank. Continue reading “GOING DIGITAL & BEYOND: Asia’s construction firms embrace artificial intelligence and virtual reality”
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide $3 million for a feasibility study for a 4MW/50MWh fully dispatchable solar hydro power plant.
Melbourne start-up RayGen will develop the plant, which will be built in Carwarp near Mildura. Continue reading “$3 million energy technology investment for regional Victoria”
Imagine living in a sustainable city that not only produced its own food and energy but also withstood natural disasters — all while resting out on the ocean.
Although it sounds like something concocted by a science fiction writer, the United Nations wants to make it a reality. Continue reading “This futuristic, floating city can withstand Category 5 hurricanes”
Many of the world’s most influential CEOs have one thing in common: they led and grew their businesses with inventions that started or changed entire industries. But they didn’t do it themselves — behind them were leaders as committed to disruption as they were. And whether the product was the iPhone or something else, this ethos permeated the entire executive committee.
Continue reading “How CIOs can pioneer Digital Transformation”
Due to the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), there is great fear about the loss of work for many, but some of this is misplaced. AI will no doubt destroy some jobs but it will create jobs too.
Africa will soon have the world’s second-largest continental Continue reading “Africa can lead the world in new technologies”
As manufacturers face increasing pressure to optimise their operations, even the most reluctant organisations are left with little choice but to embrace digital transformation. One of the options open to manufacturers looking to modernise their IT setup is cloud computing. But what is the cloud exactly, and what benefits does it offer manufacturers? Continue reading “The Advantages of Cloud Computing for Manufacturers”
An accommodating workplace will bring out the best
Employees’ self-confidence and the management’s confidence in them can be increased by allowing them to participate in decisions and creating an environment free from gossip and backbiting. It can be reinforced by the pursuit of concrete goals that are in the interest of the institution.
The wheel will be, in such an environment, the fastest moving, and the achievements tangible. Mistakes are possible and there should be no shame in that. Among the tasks of the team are calculating the risks, developing the plan, define objectives, identify risks, build knowledge, consult an expert, and then completing energetically what is possible. And always adopting the principle of keeping backup plans to be used when needed.
Continue reading “An Organisation is ONLY as Good as its 2nd. TIER”
Over the last decade, several Latin-American countries have implemented different practices to fight illicit practices and corruption. As an example, we can quote Law 12. 846 in Brazil, Law 30424 in Peru, or Law 27. 401 in Argentina. Also, in recent years, these nations have proposed additional measures to protect government administrations, and local and international businesses. It is evident that ensuring efficient Compliance measures in your company has become the standard to reduce legal risks.
However, Continue reading “Is Your Companys Procurement Compliant ?”
As all four major Australian banks publicise their aspirations to move to a simplified, more agile and cost-efficient operation, hybrid cloud capabilities are at the heart of enabling this growth and transformation goal. As banking organisations create new business models, cloud will enable a simpler, efficient and more customer aligned bank. Cloud investment is growing.
Continue reading “Banking on the Cloud”
Cybercriminal activity is one of the biggest challenges that humanity will face in the next two decades.
Cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world, and one of the biggest problems with mankind. The impact on society is reflected in the Continue reading “Cybercrime Damages $6 Trillion By 2021”
A common risk management mistake is waiting for the worst to happen before taking decisive action. Understanding that things will go wrong – it’s not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ – sets a sturdy foundation for your risk strategy.
In February a virtual roundtable that brought together global supply chain managers, directors of procurement and heads of third-party risk management from an array of industries. Participants discussed their approach to risk and shared insights from their respective sectors and jurisdictions Continue reading “Use supply chain risk as a wake-up call to change mindsets and metrics”
At any cost, do not inflate on those optimistic targets
Depending on the balance-sheet, purpose, and duration of capital, as well as the size, sector and stage of business, there are many ways businesses can raise money. It could be direct from the markets through equity, loans or convertible bonds.
While each method has its pros and cons, making the right decision mostly involves avoiding common pitfalls such as: Continue reading “Avoid self-inflicted pitfalls in funding”
Nearly 14,000 stores closed on European high streets in the first half of 2020 and retail sales are down to their lowest level since the ’08 financial crisis.
There’s no doubt that the pressure, stress and financial risk of opening physical stores has never been higher. But there’s good news for those currently treading water; an emergent, new offering for retailers that potentially brings some welcome relief. Continue reading “Is RaaS the solution to shuttering stores?”
Let’s Focus On :::: IMEA (India, Middle East & Africa) is a region of economic extremes.
At one end of the spectrum there is Singapore, an advanced economy with a per capita GDP in 2017 of almost USD53,000, closing in on the United States (USD57,466) and leaving the UK in its dust (USD39,899).
At the other end are the emerging economies of Cambodia, Pakistan, Egypt, and Myanmar, each of whom recorded per capita GDP in 2018 of barely more than USD1,000. The performance of Laos was twice as impressive – all the way up at USD2,159. Continue reading “Productivity Vs. Automation”
AI processing at the edge has spurred innovation among silicon vendors to enable these capabilities, with no vendor likely to dominate the market.
Intel dominated the CPU market for PCs, then servers. Most smartphones and tablets were powered by RISC-based chip technology licensed from Arm Limited. But a more diverse group of semiconductor providers is poised to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) processing at the edge. Continue reading “Diversity in Silicon Powers AI Innovation at the Edge”
2019 was a bumper year for Enterprise Digital Transformation projects in Southeast Asia and advances in technology will herald more change in the coming years. As per individual consumption of technology, people are increasingly demanding cheaper, faster and more convenient usage of products/services delivered by businesses. In fulfilling these needs to customers and stakeholders, connectivity is something which is an unavoidable component in today’s digital projects Continue reading “Top 3 Connectivity Trends within ASEAN in 2020”
IoT power use can drain systems. There are some emerging ways to optimize IoT power consumption, though.
One of the greatest barriers to IoT technology is the implementation of sustainable, functional deployment. The multifunctionality of the Internet of Things (IoT) comes at a cost in terms of power. While traditional battery power is the most obvious solution for remote applications, it’s not always economical. Continue reading “Optimizing IoT Power Consumption”
More importantly, it’s not an individual thing but can be deployed for greater good.
The digital age has profoundly changed the very nature of work. As teams are spread far and wide, collective decision-making and teamwork have become all the more essential to the success of a business. Continue reading “Using ‘MINDFULNESS’ as a Workplace Assist”
Africa Cloud Computing Overview and Market Sizing 2019 report, which shows that the growing adoption of cloud computing in South Africa has democratised IT resources and made technology available that traditionally would have been out of reach of the smaller player. Continue reading “Cloud market in Africa to grow to R23.6 billion by 2023”
Through electric vehicles, General Motors looks to define the automotive supply chain future of the Middle East
In the ever-evolving conversation centred around the autonomous and electric vehicles of the future, one could be easily forgiven for failing to recognise the impact this will have on the manufacturers and the procurement networks of the automotive and transportation sector. As the eyes of the world focus on when we will see EVs and autonomous vehicles, the question should really be how. Continue reading “General Motors takes supply chain proficiency in the Middle East to NEW HEIGHTS”
Malaysia is looking to collaborate with Japan for the efficient delivery of halal products and services with technology.
Malaysia has been undertaking several digital transformation efforts through the National eCommerce Strategic Roadmap and through the country’s engagements at the international level. Continue reading “Malaysia & Japan Partner for Innovation in Halal Markets”
Smart cities aren’t exactly reality yet, but they’re becoming reality. So, what’s a smart city?
Just think The Jetsons.
In 1962, The Jetsons cartoon came on the scene and gave us an idyllic world enabled by technology. Continue reading “The Future of Smart Cities”
The digital deadlock is affecting many organizations today, big and small, and across all industries. Vast amounts of technology investments are being poured into the engines of aggressive digital strategies — but are delivering little in the way of progress. In fact, many are “stuck in their journey.” What’s holding them back?
We’ve looked into this very closely in the past few years and has found Continue reading “Are You Ready for Agile Learning at Work?”
It will help lay new foundations for businesses and societies post-pandemic.
As countries start to think about what work looks like post the pandemic, we can look at what this means for businesses. While every industry and business is different, there are several commonalities that present themselves to organizations of all sizes. Continue reading “It will require a lot of tech to re-adjust now”
MARIA PATTERSON is a MEDIA Manager, Clarity 360 EMEA, based in WARRINGTON
Clarity 360 ™ – simplified Clarity 360 advantage™. Award Winning Cloud, Procurement & Professional Services.
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Back to the drawing board… everything we thought we could expect in 2020 has been upended by Covid-19. This has been especially true for the global procurement and supply chain landscape. All the careful plans and strategies for 2020 are being recalibrated as companies try simultaneously to save on costs, drive value, surmount disruption and build agility and resilience. Continue reading “How the pandemic will reshape procurement and supply chain: Revised 2020 outlook”
How companies across the UAE are transforming their processes in the coronavirus era.
Unprecedented. It’s a word we’ve been hearing more and more as 2020 progresses, not only in the UAE but all over the world. Continue reading “Business tech for the change-makers”