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IT Managers of the Year Jassim Sajwani, Position: Director of IT and Administration, Aswaaq
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By  ACN Staff Writer Published  January 10, 2010 Arabian Computer News Logo

Jassim Sajwani

Position: Director of IT and Administration

Company: Aswaaq

The supermarket industry is not normally where one would go to seek innovation, given that shopping styles have hardly changed in the past 50 years. But that's an assumption that Jassim Sajwani, the man behind the ambitious UAE-based Aswaaq retail co-operative project, is looking to challenge.

Here is just one example of the many ways in which Sajwani has taken an innovative approach towards integrating IT into his business: price labelling. While other supermarket chains continue to conduct business in the same fashion as before with a small army of men running around the store with a labeller when the price changes, Aswaaq features electronic shelf labelling, allowing the merchandising team to instantly change all the prices at its various retail locations with the click of a mouse.

It is all part of Sajwani's highly successful rollout of a Microsoft Dynamics-based enterprise resource planning system, with an accompanying CRM platform. His approach for the project was to focus heavily on two areas: automation and return on investment. In the case of the former, the system has cut down on manpower and reducing excessive stock ordering. For the latter - well, more than half a million dollars in savings does tend to speak for itself.

Though just three years old, Aswaaq has shown that technology can have a defining role even in the most traditional of industries. Jassim Sajwani, meanwhile, confirms that the best local IT talent isn't confirmed to the verticals you might expect.

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