IT Managers of the Year

ACN reveals the ten most outstanding individuals in regional IT for 2010.

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IT Managers of the Year Saji Oomen, General Manager (Group IT), Al Batha Group
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By  ACN Staff Writer Published  January 10, 2010 Arabian Computer News Logo

Saji Oomen

Position: General Manager (Group IT)

Company: Al Batha Group

Saji Oomen's work with the diverse Al Batha Group is yet more proof that the real action in IT innovation is happening in the retail sector. Despite having more than 20 companies within the group, the conglomerate is no slow, lumbering behemoth and has grown tremendously in recent years.

A true career IT professional, Oomen first started out at in Al Batha as the IT manager of its BMW dealership subsidiary in 1988. By 1991, he had completed his rapid rise through the ranks to become CIO and since then, there's been no looking back. Under his watch, the group has completely switched over to SAP for its ERP architecture, eliminating dozens of competing and often incompatible legacy systems in the process. What's more, he also managed to standardise business processes along global standards - a feat which many thought impossible given the size of the company.

In this year alone, his completed projects have included an ISO 27001 certification for IT security and the first implementation in the region to go live with SAP's retail point-of-sale system. These were good enough to propel him into the running for CIO of the Year, which he narrowly lost to Jumeirah's Marwan Al Ali. When he's not running Al Batha's IT systems, Saji Oomen can be found speaking at conferences around the world, relating his extensive experience with implementing complex SAP systems.

As one of the shining lights in the regional IT establishment, we're extremely pleased to welcome him back to our list.

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