Posted on April 20, 2020

In the wake of COVID-19 coronavirus, Qatar’s organizations are being called on by industry experts to adopt real-time solutions to re-design supply chains and procurement, travel, health pre-screening, and remote working to maintain business continuity. Safety and well-being are top priorities as the world manages the deepening effects of the coronavirus. All organizations face unprecedented challenges as the impact on the global economy continues.

Frontline industries of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, research, and public security need to access information, address citizen sentiment, and accelerate reaction time. Retail, banking, education, insurance, and entertainment need to enable digital channels. Wholesale distribution, retail, consumer, and oil and gas need to provide supply chain flexibility, ensure last mile delivery, and access to sources of supply and finance. For fields directly hit, such as sports, entertainment, travel, transportation, evens, and construction, and for companies experiencing demand spikes, such as telco and gaming, they need to evaluate viability

“Qatar is leveraging its experience in self-sufficiency to be a global leader in managing coronavirus health and safety, and delivering business innovations,” said Mazen Raad (pictured), the newly appointed Managing Director of SAP Qatar. “Real-time insights are re-designing supply chain, procurement, and travel, pre-screen for health issues, and enhancing remote working and staffing. Our open technology is enabling Qatar’s organizations to address global challenges, help the world run better, and improve people’s daily lives.”

Supporting Qatar  organizations in this time of need, SAP has opened access to SAP Ariba Discovery for real-time procurement between buyers and sellers to maintain the supply chain, and to TripIt Pro from Concur to manage safe and easy travel itineraries in the face of changing travel itineraries. Qualtrics has launched two new free solutions: the COVID-19 Pre-Screen and Routing, a guided pre-screening questionnaire and information portal, and the Remote Work Pulse, which provides a live barometer for organizations to understand how employees are working from home.

Mazen Raad brings more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, most recently 11 years with Cisco Qatar supporting the public sector and channel partners. Mazen Raad has also worked for VCE, Dell EMC’s converged platforms division, and Sun Microsystems. Mazen Jabri, the previous Managing Director of SAP Qatar, remains with SAP in a new role.

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