RSTN partners with Kodak Alaris to support Middle East digitisation projects

21 March 2018

The enterprise content management firm RSTN Consulting has announced it will join forces with scanner provider Kodak Alaris to serve digital transformation projects in the Middle East.

RSTN Consulting, a systems integration specialist for enterprise content, workflow and business process management with offices in the UAE and Lebanon among its worldwide locations has teamed up with UK-based Kodak Alaris – a hardware and software provider for digital imaging and information management – to support private enterprises and government entities of the Middle East with the widespread digitisation projects underway in the region.

While the two firms have an existing relationship, having previously worked together on a number of large-scale projects in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, including contracts for the governments of both nations along with the local education and healthcare sectors (the latter involving the capture of some 42 million pages), the fresh partnership will allow the combined enterprise to better capitalise on the growing need for digitisation services in the region.

Together, the firms will offer clients support in the first steps of the digital transformation process, with the backlog scanning and digitisation of documents and their digital transfer to enterprise content management (ECM) platforms, along with undertaking workflow designs, data analytics, and the implementation of business process management (BPM) solutions.RSTN Consulting/Kodak Alaris digital scanning partnershipNaji Kazak, Kodak Alaris general manager for MENAT and Russia said, “RSTN Consulting is a former client of our company, having purchased Kodak Alaris scanners for the purpose of carrying out backlog scanning projects. However, we realised that a partnership would be mutually beneficial with the growing regional interest in outsourced ECM & BPM solutions.”

Kazak continued; “The vast growth in scanning projects, especially in UAE and Saudi Arabia, has been driven by e-government initiatives, banks digitising paperwork to meet regulation, security and compliance demands, insurance firms seeking to speed up claims processing, and hospitals scanning medical records to boost operational efficiency and enhance patient care.”

RSTN Consulting’s Middle East account manager Mazen Maamary responded in kind; “Our relationship with Kodak Alaris is longstanding and very close and we consider them very much part of our team. Knowing that we have the backing of the company’s market leading scanning technology and world class software, service and support, we can be more aggressive going after new business opportunities, safe in the knowledge we can truly deliver results.”

Maamary further praised the quality of Kodak Alaris scanning hardware, noting flawless operation in harsh and challenging conditions, such as the hot and sandy environment of the consulting firm’s previous projects in remote industrial areas, adding that the partnership will come with the additional benefits of greater staff training in equipment maintenance and overall technical support.


As is the case elsewhere, digitisation is a hot issue in the Middle East, perhaps especially so considering the massive economic and social transformations underway in the region. Earlier this month, the Big Four professional services firm Deloitte announced that it would establish a digital delivery centre in Saudi Arabia with support from the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, while previously, the head of Digital Transformation at fellow Big Four firm KPMG has stated that digital labour will provide unprecedented opportunities for businesses in the region. 


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PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapter

21 March 2019

Professional services firm PwC has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Saudi Arabian branch of the Project Management Institute.

Following up from its recent deal with the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, the Middle Eastern arm of global professional services giant PwC has signed another agreement – this time with the Saudi chapter of the Project Management Institute: PMI-KSA. The three year collaboration will seek to promote and advance the project management profession in the Kingdom.

Counting some 500,000-plus members worldwide, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is a non-profit industry association for project management professionals, providing advocacy, research, education and the most widely accepted certification for more than 2.9 million professionals worldwide. Among 300 international chapters in 80 countries, PMI’s Saudi branch is one of the largest in the Middle East.

“PMI-KSA is pleased to sign this strategic MoU with a prestigious company like PwC to promote the project management profession,” said PMI-KSA President, Nabilah Al-Tunisi, who is the chief engineer for Saudi Aramco. “We aspire through this MoU and other PMI-KSA programmes to further expand the membership and awareness of the project management profession.”PwC partners with the Project Management Institute's Saudi chapterAccording to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by PwC and PMI-KSA, the two organisations will form a partnership of “community, knowledge, technical and cultural advisory” in a number of key areas to develop the strength of the profession in the Kingdom – including collaboration on “standards, educational institutions, events and special interests”.

In a press joint statement, PwC and PMI-KSI outlined a number of objectives, including; to support and encourage the adoption of PMI standards and increase their use for KSA’s Mega Initiatives; to increase the competency of local project managers through accredited training courses; and to share and leverage knowledge gained through publications, site visits and events.”

“For decades, we have been known for our practice to help our clients with their projects from strategy through execution; as well as supporting them in realising and reaping the benefits of each phase,” said PwC Saudi Arabia Country Senior Leader Riyadh Al Najjar. “It is in our heritage of creating trust and providing advice to help public and private organisations be successful.”

Al Najjar continued: “This partnership is another restatement to this effort, only cementing our mission; and we hope that together with PMI-KSA we can continue to support our clients in the best way possible and equip our people to become the leaders of tomorrow.  Together, we can bring forth the best of our combined knowledge and experiences and make an impact in the future of project management in the Kingdom.”