May 17, 2020

Emdadat partners with SAP Ariba to drive healthcare solutions in Saudi Arabia

Middle East
Digital health
Health technology
Middle East
Catherine Sturman
3 min
Novartis
Today’s healthcare consumers are more educated and demanding than ever. To meet their expectations requires a well-oiled supply chain. And national co...

Today’s healthcare consumers are more educated and demanding than ever. To meet their expectations requires a well-oiled supply chain. And national company Emdadat is delivering it.

Specialised in providing integrated services and innovative solutions to improve the efficiency of the health sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, Emdadat is using solutions from SAP Ariba to create a digital marketplace through which medical providers and suppliers can connect and collaborate across the entire procurement process, increasing efficiency and improving quality of care across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Emdadat therefore works to enable local and international businesses to import and export, facilitate market access to Saudi businesses and provide financing and supply chain services.

“At Emdadat, we have successfully integrated healthcare stakeholders into a sustainable ecosystem where they can communicate and trade with greater insight, transparency, efficiency and speed,” explained Abdullah Alfifi, Chief Operating Officer, Emdadat.

“In doing so, we are transforming the health sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into one of the finest systems globally and setting a new standard for the way healthcare is sourced and delivered around the world.”

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To fuel its efforts, Emdadat is connected to the Ariba Network, and is using the cloud-based applications for sourcing and procurement delivered on it alongside solutions from SAP Hybris and SAP S4/Hana to:

  • Create an intelligent digital sourcing process through which buyers – including hospitals, pharmacies and doctors, can connect with suppliers who can deliver the right goods and services at the right prices to meet their customers’ needs.
  • Ensure that goods are delivered to the right places at the right times under the right conditions.
  • Support healthcare entities to manage their capacity, demand, and medical equipment utilization by integrating with supply chain and sourcing activities in real-time.

The Ariba Network is the world’s leading and largest business-to-business trading platform, used by more than 3.3mn companies in 190 countries to transact over $1.7 trillion in commerce on an annual basis.

Using the network, buyers can manage the entire purchasing process from end-to-end, while controlling spending, finding new sources of savings and building a healthy supply chain. And suppliers can connect with profitable customers and efficiently scale existing relationships, simplifying sales cycles and improving cash control along the way.

“Business is all about relationships especially in healthcare, where contrary to what’s often said, business is personal,” commented Mohammed AlKhotani, Head of SAP Ariba, Middle East and North Africa.

“As companies like Emdadat have recognised, networks and the technology underlying them, are an ideal way to connect the people, information and processes needed to build stronger relationships and drive smarter decisions that yield optimal results.”

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

HOOPP
Checkpoint
3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data

 

However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”

 

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