Arabtec and Etisalat working to accelerate contractor’s digital transformation

Deal will see digitalisation of contractor’s workforce, migrate datacentre to cloud and automate existing processes

Etisalat, the UAE-based telecom services operator, has announced that it is entering into a strategic partnership with the Dubai-based contractor Arabtec, to provide fully digitised solutions in a bid to accelerate its digital transformation journey.

According to a statement from the telco giant, the deal will see Etisalat digitalising Arabtec’s workforce, migrating its datacentre to the Microsoft cloud, all the way through to automating its existing processes with Etisalat’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) journey.

RPA is the use of software with artificial intelligence (AI) tools to automate high-volume and repetitive manual tasks that previously required human input, the telco explained in its statement. Under the terms of the partnership, Etisalat will enable Arabtec to drive into the modern workplace by migrating its workforce to Office 365 and move its digital infrastructure to the Azure cloud, it added.

On the Etisalat tieup, Arabtec Group CEO Peter Pollard said: “It’s a partnership intended to drive forward our digital transformation journey by digitising Arabtec’s workflows and processes, introducing along the way Artificial Intelligence tools and smart solutions to further improve our productivity, efficiency, and project delivery.”

“This partnership aligns with Arabtec’s core strategy in many fronts, accelerating our digital transformation, creating great experiences, and unlocking productivity,” he added.

Furthermore, by utilising Etisalat’s IoT workforce management solution, Arabtec will be able to digitalise time and labour processes, simplify absence management and enable strategic business insights at the construction site.

The telco will also digitalise the contractor’s existing processes by introducing robotics to the workplace, resulting in improved efficiencies, higher productivity and greater project completion rates, it added.

Etisalat Group Chief Business Officer Salvador Anglada said: “We are pleased to offer a wide range of digital solutions to Arabtec, one of the leading construction companies in the UAE, and set a benchmark in the construction sector.”

“Through this strategic partnership, we, at Etisalat, look forward to empowering Arabtec with the latest digital technologies and smart solutions aimed at increasing operational efficiency, brand reputation and recognition,” he added.

Microsoft UAE Regional GM Sayed Hashish added: “With an ever-increasing requirement of cloud adoption, our very first Middle East datacentres launched in the UAE promises intelligent cloud technology to soar across industries and leverage a range of ground-breaking innovations which help in better customer engagement, empower employees, optimise operations and transform products and services.”

“Microsoft and Etisalat share a vision of enabling organisations like Arabtec to accelerate their digital endeavours and empowering them to be agile, lower service latency and ensure better performance,” he added.


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