Community outreach, Emiratization part of Injazat’s 2012 strategy for ICT-enabled growth
The global technology community has long faced a unique challenge: balancing a focus on technical excellence with social relevance. According to the UAE’s visionary leadership, ICT should not just be simply regarded as a developmental tool, rather, ICT should be recognized as the fabric for the country’s transformation to a genuine digital society and a knowledge-based economy.
Injazat Data Systems, a major regional player in Information Technology, Data Centre and Managed Services, agrees that it is important to understand and appreciate the true impact of technology on government, businesses and individuals. Since 2005 Injazat has been harnessing the transformative potential of ICT to help its operational base in Abu Dhabi achieve its ambitious Vision 2030 development goals.
Injazat owes its success to a balanced approach to corporate growth, which looks to enterprise solidarity, business excellence, industry interaction, and social responsibility as barometers of organizational health. The company focuses on private sector partnerships, implementing community outreach programs, and supporting the Emiratization goals of UAE.
Injazat strives to conduct business with strong principles of corporate social responsibility and a goal to ultimately benefit society. Recent months have seen the company spearhead activities aimed at improving the quality of life and protecting the environment. Injazat recently signed a Technical Support Agreement with Ewaa Shelters, a non-profit organization providing assistance and care for women and children victims of human trafficking. The coverage includes IT technical support, maintenance and local network services.
The Abu Dhabi Men’s College of the Higher Colleges of Technology also enjoyed support from Injazat for its 8th Engineering Excellence Forum which advocated ‘green’ approaches to development under the theme ‘Carbon Capture and Storage: A Strategy to Reduce Global Emissions.’ Injazat is one of the main proponents of ‘green’ IT concepts in the country.
The company also supported the WILD ARABIA awareness campaign which ran from late April to May. WILD ARABIA is the largest collaborative multi?platform educational awareness campaign ever undertaken in the Middle East. It showcased Arabian wildlife with 100 photographs from National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine for free, with outdoor exhibitions designed by world?renowned exhibition architect Franck Minthe.
Ramadan has always been an opportune time for Injazat to express its unity with the Muslim community. For this year the company is supporting the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development’s ‘Takatof Ramadan Project 2012’ to extend support to more than a thousand families.
Under the project, volunteers will help clean up and renovate mosques and the homes of the less fortunate. They will also bring aid in the form of food coupons, school supplies, home appliances, and Iftar meals to workers, needy individuals and families, the elderly, and the infirm. Individual and group counseling will also be made available.
Injazat once again proved its business excellence by gaining recertification as a Cisco Gold Certified Partner in February. Only partners with advanced unified communications, routing and switching, security and wireless LAN capabilities are granted Gold certification. The achievement reflects Injazat’s commitment to the delivery of value-added services, customer satisfaction, and effective integration of Cisco Lifecycle Services into its solutions.
In mid-June, Injazat’s industry dominance was affirmed once again via its recognition as ‘Best Managed Service Provider of the Year’ at the 8th Annual Network Middle East Innovation Awards. Injazat was honored for its regional leadership in Information Technology, Data Center and Managed Services.
The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has signed up Injazat to provide it with Co-Location, Internet Hosting, Enterprise Server Management and Storage Area Network (SAN) Storage services via the Injazat Premier Data Center. Other key IT Managed Services to be delivered by Injazat for the Authority include a Service Desk, Workplace Field Support and various Application Services. ADFCA says that the services will help ensure that its IT operations meet its mandate of developing a safe agriculture and food sector for the emirate.
Injazat regularly engages its peers in identifying, sharing and discussing best practices, trends and technologies. Last February, it joined the world’s leading Chief Information Officers (CIOs) at the 2012 Gartner CIO Leadership Forum in Dubai.
In March, Injazat teamed up with New York University Abu Dhabi Institute and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University to organize an international data center and cloud computing technology conference at the Injazat headquarters. Participants included experts from IBM, New Jersey Institute of Technology, CloudPhysics, Bell Laboratories, Juniper Networks, and Huawei Technologies. A few days later, Injazat joined business leaders from the US and UAE to discuss vital industry issues and their best solutions at the AmCham Abu Dhabi Business Roundtable Summit.
To address information security issues, one of the industry’s most pressing concerns, Injazat participated in the Security Strategist 2012 conference held in April in Dubai. In a key presentation, Injazat advised enterprises to correctly position their Information Security Risk Management Framework in their business strategies and operations. The business environment for IT security in the Middle East is positive, with recent reports indicating that the MENA IT security market is predicted to grow at 34 per cent to 2013. In May, Injazat called on businesses to set aside their fears about cloud computing and embrace the concept’s pivotal role in operational efficiency during the 2012 IDC Cloud Computing and Datacenter Roadshow held in Dubai. Recent reports indicate that 48 per cent of CIOs plan to invest more in cloud computing.
Emiratization & HR development
Injazat has launched several key initiatives to tap the full potential of its human capital, such as the inclusion of four of its UAE Nationals to the Leadership Excellence Applied Diploma (LEAD) program developed and managed by ALDAR in collaboration with Cambridge University. The Emiratis received an international diploma in Applied Leadership from Cambridge Judge Business School. Ten Injazat candidates have successfully graduated from the prestigious LEAD program so far, which focuses on developing core skills in Executive Leadership and Management.
Injazat is one of the country’s major proponents of Emiratization. More than 15 per cent of its current workforce consists of UAE nationals.
The Power of One
During its annual get-together for management and employees held last April, Injazat pointed to the company’s family spirit as integral in maintaining competitiveness and industry leadership. Staff members were commended for generously taking part in Injazat’s social and community initiatives and sharing Injazat’s organizational visions. The event also served as a platform to unveil Injazat’s major plans for 2012 and reaffirm the company’s commitment to fortifying government