COVID-19/Coronavirus

The CIPS Middle East Conference and Supply Management Awards 2020 on 30 June 2020 at Rosewood Abu Dhabi has been postponed - new event format or dates to be announced.

CIPS and Haymarket Media Group (who deliver events on behalf of the CIPS) have been closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus on a daily basis and the welfare of our delegates is always front of mind.

In this instance, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event to the nearest suitable opportunity in the future or to present this as an online, virtual event.

We have not made this decision lightly but we want to ensure we can provide the best experience possible for attendees. If you have booked on the event your booking will be automatically confirmed for the revised date, or event format, which will be announced as soon as possible.   Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please contact us.

WINNER: MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

WINNER: EMAAR PROPERTIES PROJECT: WAFER – B2B PLATFORM THROUGH MOBILE 24/7

As the digital revolution continues to gain pace, Emaar Properties is determined to be at the forefront of change. Procurement had the vision for a step change transformation of its operations based on a centralised B2B e-commerce portal. The idea was to remove the hidden costs of thousands of employees spending too much time trying to source the items they require. They called the concept ‘Wafer’ – the Arabic word for abundance.

The IT department was involved in planning early on and, from this, procurement found there was no available software on the market that could match the requirements without spending big money. Procurement then ran a competition, tendered and chose to partner with an e-commerce site developer from India to create their own. The portal, now available 24 hours a day, enables contract item sourcing and is fully integrated with Oracle for approvals and ordering with sellers. Through increased efficiency, the technology has empowered end-users, and up to AED 112 million orders have been placed through self-service.

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