Saudi National Digitization Unit signs MoU with GE to drive digital industrial innovation

By Davis Thattil | Dec 31, 2017
Saudi Arabia’s National Digitization Unit (NDU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE to drive digital industrial diversification and the application of innovative business models, supporting Saudi youth in becoming key partners in progressing the digital transformation of the Kingdom.  Signed by Deemah Alyahya, Acting CEO of the NDU and Hisham Al Bahkali, President & CEO, GE Saudi Arabia & Bahrain, on the sidelines of the MISK Global Forum in Riyadh, the agreement will see GE train Saudi youth on ideas and concepts relating to the ‘Future of Work,’ empowering them with the advanced skills needed in digital and software development.

Through the MoU, NDU and GE will work towards supporting the diversification and digitization of emerging industries. This will be accomplished through collaborating with customers in critical industries such as healthcare, water and mining to conduct assessments, define areas for improvement, and identify digital solutions to move transformation forward. The partners will leverage GE’s digital applications such as Asset Performance Management (APM) which tracks and optimizes assets, and ServiceMax which allows field service engineers’ time to be utilized more efficiently. The partnership will focus on community- based digital solutions in sectors that have been identified for transformation under Saudi Vision 2030.

Concurrently, GE will host workshops shaped around the ‘Future of Work,’ GE’s framework for the skills of the future that focuses on advanced manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things, and open innovation. GE’s digital experts in the Industrial Internet of Things will share their knowledge to help boost industrial inter-connectivity, and create strategic collaborations with Saudi youth.


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