Sharjah Tatweer Forum launches Digital Transformation Program

Sharjah Tatweer Forum launches Digital Transformation Program
Published: 20 February 2018 - 2:37 p.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Sharjah Tatweer Forum has launched a Digital Transformation Program which is intended to provide executives in public and private sector with the tools to enable digital transformation in their organisations.

The program has been launched in partnership with Sharjah's Higher Committee for Digital Transformation, to implement smart digital transformation across all government services in Sharjah, in line with the UAE Vision 2021.

The Digital Transformation Program, targets employees in public and private institutions, and aims to enhance the participants' capabilities, providing them with the tools to navigate digital transformation and implement it within their institutions. It also seeks to elevate the skills of executives in a variety of departments including top- and mid-level management, technology and marketing departments, functional heads, digital transformation specialists and corporate entrepreneurs.

STF, a subsidiary of the Rubu' Qarn Foundation, was established in 2005 to introduce new conceots and empower young leaders to advance the economic competitiveness of Sharjah.

Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations and Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Digital Transformation of Sharjah; and HE Jassem Al Blooshi, Member of the Board of Trustees of Rubu' Qarn Foundation witnessed the first day of the program, which took place from 18th-21st February at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre

The program aligns with UAE Vision 2021, and supports the digital transformation strategy in the emirate of Sharjah, which has been deploying latest pioneering digital technologies, to ensure sustainable and diversified economic development.

The program provides the participants with key information about the components of a successful digital transformation strategy, allows them to understand how a culture of acceptance for digitisation can be established within organisations - a major hurdle facing companies around the world, performs ‘digital maturity' assessments to identify key development areas, and introduces key emerging technologies like blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, and others.

HE Jassem Al Blooshi, said: "With the launch of the Digital Transformation Program, Sharjah Tatweer Forum seeks to further its mandate of introducing initiatives and programs that contribute to Sharjah's ongoing efforts to promote creativity across relevant sectors. The Forum also empowers young UAE nationals in the emirate and expands the scope of their roles in community, providing them with innovative tools and ideas to fulfill modern-day demands.

"Digital transformation is a global trend and approach that has been adopted by many governments and key institutions across the world. We cannot undergo true transformation without advancing the abilities and experiences of our human resource; the most important piece in the transformation puzzle. Young leaders will establish, develop and manage the mechanisms of this transformation ensuring its sustainability, and thus the program's focus is on enhancing the skills and capabilities of individuals in dealing with digital transformation," he added.

"This program aligns with the sustainable development process that the UAE is witnessing, of which digital transformation is a main pillar. Sharjah Tatweer Forum has been a trendsetter and a catalyst focusing issues of importance to the emirate of Sharjah in an effort to raise the youth's awareness about and compatibility with best global practices. We firmly believe this new program will further empower young leaders and go a long way to ease organisations into what is being called the fourth industrial revolution," he noted.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive an accreditation certificate from the UK based Innovation Academy (INFORMA).

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