Microsoft has announced that it will open an AI Centre of Excellence for Energy in the United Arab Emirates – a global first for the company – to empower organisations in the industry in accelerating digital transformation, equipping the workforce with AI skills, as well as collaborating on coalitions to address sustainability and safety challenges.
The company revealed its plans at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2019, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
Supported by partners that include ABB, Accenture, AVEVA, Baker Hughes, C3.ai, Emerson, Honeywell, Maana, Rockwell Automation, Schlumberger, and Sensia, the Microsoft AI Centre of Excellence is expected to open in early 2020. The centre will support organizations to accelerate their digital journeys and drive innovation through active engagements with leading technologies and industry partners, as well as equipping the workforce with necessary AI readiness towards closing the skills gaps and enhancing employability.
“Microsoft’s mission is to empower every individual and organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said Omar Saleh, Microsoft’s Head of Energy & Manufacturing for the Middle East & Africa region. “Our aim with the AI Centre of Excellence is to foster innovation, develop effective collaboration, and champion AI skills development for the energy industry. We believe in the power of AI to drive business transformation, and Microsoft has been a leader in building best-in-class platforms to deliver that.”
The Microsoft AI Centre of Excellence for Energy also brings together coalitions to drive effective collaboration towards tackling the industry top of mind challenges and aspirations, with a primary mandate to create societal impact, as it focuses on environmental sustainability, worker safety and energy efficiency needs.
“At Microsoft we are working on building lasting, meaningful alliances with energy industry players, technology partners and academic institutions. Together, we will infuse the energy sector with the power of the intelligent cloud, enabling innovation to flourish as never before.” Said Darryl Willis, Microsoft’s Global VP of Energy.