Business Objects wins UMA and helps boost IT students

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By  Published  November 30, 2006

Business Objects announced a major customer win at GITEX, and agreed to work with UAE colleges on content.

The vendor signed a memorandum of understanding with Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) to incorporate business management and business intelligence principles into the IT Higher Diploma and Bachelors programmes.

Course content will be reviewed to accommodate industry requirements.

Meanwhile, UMA, the Saudi Arabian dealer for many major automobile brands, has implemented BI to give a better view of the enterprise. The company has deployed Business Objects to identify any waste and inefficiency in its operations.

Mohammed Iftekhar, sales manager Saudi Arabia for Business Objects, said: "They use very industry specific solutions. The objective of business intelligence is to increase their revenue and sales. They say they have a wealth of information but they are unable to make the most of it."

UMA will first deploy BI for particular members of staff and across selected processes. "Their vision is to give BI capability to a few people to begin with as part of a pilot project," said Iftekhar.

"They want to extract value from it, get buy-in from the users and then expand it. They will have query analysis and dashboard management which gives the key people a view of the business so they can look at different areas of the business."

The implementation was carried out by Business Objects' partner in Saudi Arabia, Albilad Arabia.

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