Why CIOs Need a Greenfield Approach for Tech Transformation

Shumon A Zaman, CIDO, Ali & Sons, on Process Cleansing and Cloud-First Approach
Shumon A Zaman, chief information and digital officer, Ali & Sons

Established in 1979, Ali & Sons is a UAE-based conglomerate, with diverse operations across six key verticals including automotive, energy and industrial, real estate, retail, and investments. Despite being family-owned, the company is proactively embracing digitalization.

Leveraging the Lean Six Sigma methodology, Ali & Sons is embarking on a greenfield approach to modernize applications and refresh its technological landscape. Through the two-phase Quantum project, the company not only aims to revamp legacy systems but also to pioneer the adoption of cutting-edge tools, such as generative AI, thereby positioning itself at the forefront of technological innovation. Commencing with the successful implementation of Oracle Fusion, Ali & Sons is steadfast in its objective to migrate all applications to the cloud by the end of 2023.

"There are always glaring gaps between what the businesses need and what they have. Technology is mostly found trailing. If businesses have an aspiration to grow, they need flexibility and speed that come only by adopting cloud at scale," said Shumon A Zaman, chief information and digital officer at Ali & Sons Holdings.

In this video interview with ISMG, Zaman discussed:

  • Cloud-first approach to achieve competitive advantage;
  • Need for Lean Six Sigma for process evaluation;
  • The importance of a hybrid cloud approach.

A digital expert with more than 20 years of experience in technology and business transformations, Zaman brings a unique mindset to value delivery, having successfully led complex and challenging global technology/business transformations across Europe, the U.S. and the MENA region.

About the Author

Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism and has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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