Posted on August 27, 2020

One of Qatar’s largest conglomerates, Power International Holding (PIH), is driving Qatar’s diversified economic growth amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a digital transformation partnership with global technology SAP announced yesterday.

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Since its beginnings in building contracting nearly four decades ago, PIH has expanded into a highly successful conglomerate with 28 companies and 40 brands across five sectors: general contracting, real estate development, agriculture and food industries, lifestyle, and general services.

However, diversification and rapid growth create significant business and operational challenges. Thanks to its digital transformation with SAP and channel partner LTI, PHI has integrated 16 different Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to gain full visibility and real time business insights.

Power International Holding boosts 1 [].JPG“We truly believe in embracing a comprehensive digital transformation that will gear the group to perform future big leaps -- becoming data-driven makes us future ready,” said Ramez Al-Khayyat, Vice Chairman and Group CEO, PIH. “PIH is an entrepreneurial company that is growing extremely fast, and there is no limit to our ambitions. Our aim is to be the model conglomerate, and with SAP we now have the flexibility to expand and diversify into more sectors, and the right infrastructure in place if we wish to acquire, divest, or spin off any of our businesses into separate listed companies in the future.”

As part of its 3-year digital transformation, PIH is developing a future-proof system that can provide a common framework across all its current businesses but with the flexibility to move into new industries as the company continues to expand. PIH is running on the SAP S/4HANA real-time business suite the SAP SuccessFactors human capital management suite, and the SAP Ariba procurement solution. “In Qatar, every part of the business needs to be more efficient, responsive and agile – particularly in the post COVID-19 world,” said Mazen Raad, Managing Director, SAP Qatar. “PIH is showing best practices in how Qatar’s conglomerates can run in real-time to drive new digital business models, leverage procurement innovations to maintain business continuity, and cater for Qatar’s growing needs”

Power International Holding boosts 2 [].jpgUsing SAP S/4HANA means that PIH now has one ERP system across every business with harmonised processes and a single chart of accounts. PIH has become data-driven from top to bottom, with easy access to information. Data can now flow automatically from everywhere – such as Internet of Things assets and point-of-sale systems – straight into the SAP systems, and everything that happens across the company can be seen on dashboards.

“Our goal is to become an intelligent enterprise a digital-first, data-driven company that has the flexibility to evolve, diversify and grow,” said Jasim Abdul Rahman (pictured), Group Chief Information Officer, PIH. “SAP has the right capabilities and roadmap in place and shares our purpose of adding value to society for a better lifestyle.”

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