With CNTXT, SAJCO has deployed the Boston Dynamics Spot robot at King Salman Energy Park’s (SPARK) Dry Port for remote operations and 3D scanning. From the Project Control Center (PCC), SAJCO can now monitor the construction site and look for any safety violations while tracking the progress of the construction work. 

“The Project Control Center serves as the nerve center for our project operations, equipped to monitor real-time data and provide insights into various aspects of site activity. The Boston Dynamics Spot robot has proven to be a game-changer, autonomously detecting safety violations and conducting scans for progress monitoring. – Talal A. Alquaiey, Project Technology Manager at SAJCO.”

Founded in 1965, Shibh Al Jazira Contracting Company (SAJCO) is one of the leading construction companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since its establishment, SAJCO has accumulated extensive experience in different fields of construction and maintenance and is committed to supporting Vision 2030.

King Salman Energy Park, known as SPARK, is a national mega project in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia that aims to localize the energy value chain and connect the world to opportunities in the Saudi energy sector and beyond. Developed, operated, and managed by Saudi Aramco, SAJCO is contracted for the construction of the state-of-the-art Logistics Zone, which includes the region’s largest dedicated private dry port. Once completed, SPARK’s Logistics Zone will offer a high level of automation and have an annual capacity of 10 million metric tons of cargo. Like other seaport services, the dry port will provide inland inter-modal services (directly connected by road and the future GCC railroad) – operating as a center for cargo shipment within or outside the Kingdom.

As part of SAJCO’s digital transformation strategy, the Boston Dynamics Spot robot has been deployed to provide the Project Control Center with a mobile device that oversees the construction site. Operators at the control center can remotely control the robot to monitor construction progress and automatically detect safety violations through AI models developed for SAJCO. This approach allows operators to gain a more detailed perspective of the site compared to the limitations of the current surveillance camera solution, enabling them to inspect challenging or inaccessible areas in constant change more effectively.

Furthermore, the robot is equipped with a 3D scanner to conduct regular scans of the construction site. The data collected by the robot is utilized to generate and maintain the digital representation of the area to monitor the construction site’s progress continuously.

“Our collaboration with CNTXT in deploying robotics technology has proven exceptionally fruitful. The expertise and support provided by CNTXT have been crucial in seamlessly integrating these advanced robotic solutions into our workflow. This partnership has not only streamlined our operations but has also positioned us at the forefront of technological innovation in construction.” – Talal A. Alquaiey, Project Technology Manager at SAJCO.”

As part of SAJCO’s digital transformation strategy for the Project Control Center, they are adopting a suite of advanced technologies. These technologies encompass systems for robotics, vehicle tracking, drones for aerial inspection, augmented reality (AR) for extended reality, and artificial intelligence (AI) for safety compliance. Together, these technologies work synergistically to offer a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the dynamics at the SPARK’s Logistics Zone.

Moving forward, SAJCO plans to implement digital twin technology, a common platform for all these technologies. This platform will contextualize data, providing valuable insights and supporting informed decision-making processes. Additionally, adopting digital twin technology will empower the project management team to more effectively track progress on the construction site.

Riyadh – March 11, 2024 – During the global technology event, LEAP 2024, held in Riyadh, CNTXT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH). The MoU outlines CNTXT’s role in assessing KKESH’s current infrastructure and providing Google Cloud Services across all its sectors and branches.

Through this assessment and service implementation, CNTXT will support and improve KKESH’s cloud experience, primarily focusing on migrating from on-premise infrastructure to the cloud, allowing it to leverage its unmatched resilience and hyper-scalability.

This MoU aims to utilize Google Cloud Partner services and enhance KKESH’s experience with infrastructure operational services, ultimately propelling their growth within the healthcare field.

At CNTXT, we’re thrilled to partner with King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) on their cloud transformation journey. This will ultimately enable KKESH to deliver exceptional healthcare with the power of Google Cloud,” said Abdullah Jarwan, CEO of CNTXT.

“By investing in cloud computing infrastructure, we aim to contribute to the development of advanced applications and enable effective data analytics for KKESH,” said Mansour AlDawood, IT Infrastructure Director at KKESH.

About CNTXT

Founded in 2022 and based in Saudi Arabia, CNTXT is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Cognite that delivers premium cloud and digital transformation products and services in the Middle East and North Africa. CNTXT’s digital offerings, including Google Cloud and Cognite Data Fusion®, enable customers to achieve greater efficiency, sustainability, and profitability throughout their digital transformation journeys.

 KKESH About

King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) aims to provide the best health services in ophthalmology by developing and improving centers of excellence and expertise to reach the level that can satisfy the beneficiary.

KKESH has won several awards that reflect the distinguished work and planning of the hospital cadres. It includes winning the 7th Level of the Electronic Health File Accreditation System (HIMSS Stage 7) as the first hospital in the Middle East. In addition, KKESH has won accreditation in health care from Joint Commission International (JCI) and the Saudi Central Board for the Accreditation of Health Institutions (CBAHI).

KKESH targets exploring and implementing a wide range of cloud services to achieve digital transformation and promote innovation in various sectors by utilizing big data and machine learning capabilities.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 29th February, 2024

CNTXT, a leading digital transformation company headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, announced the launch of a 2-tier Reseller program in collaboration with Google Cloud, following the opening of the Google Cloud region in Dammam last November.

CNTXT is Google Cloud’s exclusive reseller for local organizations and multinationals purchasing Google Cloud Platform on a standalone basis through their Saudi-based entities. The first CNTXT and Google Cloud partner forum took place in Riyadh on the 20th of February, marking a significant milestone in this evolving collaboration. The event served as the launchpad for the Google Cloud partner program in Saudi Arabia, solidifying the commitment of both entities to foster innovation and digital transformation within the region.

Abdullah Jarwan, CEO of CNTXT, emphasizes the joint commitment with Google Cloud to cultivate a thriving partner ecosystem in the Kingdom: “At CNTXT, we are dedicated to collaboratively building a robust partner ecosystem with Google Cloud to meet the rapidly evolving market demand for Google Cloud Platform in Saudi Arabia. Our focus is on fostering a dynamic network of resellers and service partners, ensuring seamless access for organizations of all sizes to harness the transformative capabilities of the Google Cloud Platform. Together, we are advancing the partner ecosystem to empower businesses and drive comprehensive digital transformation across the region.”

Bader Al Madi, Saudi Arabia Country Manager, Google Cloud, said: “In our pursuit of achieving digital empowerment of every business, and every individual in Saudi Arabia through accessibility to cloud technologies and AI, we are working with CNTXT towards growing our dynamic ecosystem that comprises a vibrant network of resellers and service providers. We are confident that with the support of our partners, we can help accelerate cloud adoption and optimize customer experience to meet rapidly-changing business and market dynamics.”

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Giedre Malinauskaite, Chief Strategy Officer, CNTXT

About CNTXT: CNTXT, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Cognite, is a leading digital transformation company headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With a mission to empower organizations through technology and innovation, CNTXT leverages strategic partnerships and a network of resellers to accelerate digital transformation across public and private sectors in the Kingdom.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – November 16, 2023

Following yesterday’s successful launch of Google Cloud’s new region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, CNTXT has been appointed as Google Cloud’s exclusive reseller for local organizations and multinationals purchasing Google Cloud Platform Services on a standalone basis through their Saudi-based entities.

Underpinned by a robust collaboration between CNTXT and Google Cloud in the Kingdom, CNTXT will also support Google Cloud partners in the Kingdom to deliver cloud professional and managed services. One of the key focus areas for CNTXT will be accelerating the journey of local Saudi-based independent software vendors (ISVs) to the cloud and the Google Cloud Marketplace, fostering more software development and deployment.

Additionally, CNTXT is offering support for workloads hosted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its strategic collaboration the Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE) and Fortanix. This landmark partnership is designed to provide Google Cloud customers with security solutions leveraging the new in-country Google Cloud region.

Google Cloud is the new way to cloud, and shared fate is the new way to operate, manage risk, and succeed in shared responsibility.  This initiative underscores Google Cloud and CNTXT’s joint commitment to delivering solutions that help Saudi businesses meet data security and compliance requirements for enterprises.

Established last year as a joint venture between Aramco and Cognite, CNTXT has rapidly evolved into a leading digital transformation company, headquartered in Riyadh. This partnership with Google Cloud further solidifies CNTXT’s commitment to leading the digital transformation change in the Kingdom.

Nabil Al-Nuaim, Aramco Senior Vice President of Digital & Information Technology, stated: “When it comes to spearheading the digital transformation across the Kingdom’s public and private sectors, CNTXT plays a significant and pivotal role in collaboration with its esteemed partners; which is undeniably of paramount importance. Their unwavering dedication to empower and upskill local talent aligns seamlessly with our visionary pursuit of a digitally empowered Saudi Arabia. This marks the beginning of a transformative era, a magnificent milestone in the Kingdom’s digital landscape that leads to unprecedented progress and endless possibilities.”

Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Google Cloud, said: “Google Cloud stands as one of the pioneering hyperscalers to launch a cloud region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a clear manifestation of our commitment to leading the digital evolution of the region.”

Bader Al Madi, Saudi Arabia Country Manager, Google Cloud, said: “Our partnership with CNTXT will support Google Cloud’s plans to empower every business and every person with access to the latest cloud technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We look forward to working hand in hand with CNTXT together with all our partners to pave the path for the Kingdom’s digital transformation and collaborate on helping businesses of all sizes in the country accelerate their digital transformation, optimize their operations, reduce costs and deliver exceptional customer experiences.”

CNTXT CEO, Abdullah Jarwan, remarked, “We are honored to become a leading cloud and digital transformation company in the Kingdom. Our collaboration with Google Cloud will empower us to work on accelerating the digital transformation of public and private sectors in Saudi Arabia. We are committed to building a brighter, more technologically advanced future for the Kingdom.”


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Giedre Malinauskaite [email protected] +966 57 0489987

About CNTXT: CNTXT, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Cognite, is a leading digital transformation company headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With a mission to empower organizations through technology and innovation, CNTXT leverages strategic partnerships and a network of resellers to accelerate digital transformation across public and private sectors in the Kingdom.

For industry, the pandemic changed the game

2020 forced certain industrial sectors, once seemingly invincible, to grapple with their mortality. Oil prices fell below zero for the first time in history. Millions of jobs were lost. Worst-case scenarios were no longer just hypotheticals—they would be distinct possibilities without massive efforts to transform, address vulnerabilities, build resilience and digitalize.

Suddenly, once-analog traditional industries like oil and gas, power and utilities, and manufacturing began adopting digital tools at a faster pace, from remote work to robotics.

Initiatives quickly ran into roadblocks

For too many industrial companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East, data is still inaccessible and disconnected. It takes more time to find the data than to build solutions that create value. Compare that to the consumer world, where data is instantly accessible anywhere, anytime, and applications use machine learning to learn from our behavior and make recommendations.

To solve this fundamental data problem in industry, we need new ways of working with data. One absolutely essential tool is the new, rapidly growing discipline of data operations (DataOps) – a collaborative data management practice focused on improving the communication, integration and automation of data flows between data managers and consumers across an organization.

What is DataOps?

DataOps can be defined as an agile, process-oriented methodology for developing and delivering analytics. It typically comprises a team of data experts (think: data scientists, analysts, architects, and the like) who exist to “provide the tools, process and organizational structures to support the data-focused enterprise.”

The goal of DataOps is to create predictable delivery and change management of data, data models and relative artifacts, using technology to automate data delivery with the appropriate levels of security, quality and metadata to improve the use and value of data in a dynamic environment.

DataOps engineers and teams are tasked with bringing data to data customers throughout the organization, internal and external, and making their data do more for the company.

The origins and evolution of DataOps

The term DataOps dates back to the 2010s. In a 2014 blog post, Information Week’s contributing editor Lenny Liebmann looked at the emergence of big data and saw a need for a set of best practices to ensure that data science happens efficiently and reliably.

Liebmann called this discipline “DataOps,” or “the set of best practices that improve coordination between data science and operations.”

Seven years later, DataOps is a “top trend,” according to VentureBeat, and the race is on to sharpen the definition and claim a piece of the market:

Two strong common threads across these definitions are the importance of collaboration and the focus on integrating data across different parts of an organization.

DataOps vs. DevOps

DataOps, DevOps, MLOps—it can be difficult to keep track of the latest buzzwords out of the world of IT. Here’s a clarification:

DataOps is not DevOps. DevOps has been around for years. Despite some superficial commonalities, DevOps and DataOps are fundamentally different. Both are methodologies used to enhance operational practices, but that’s where the similarity ends.

The focus for DataOps is the delivery of business-ready, trusted, actionable, high-quality data, available to all “smart engineers” or “data consumers.” One goal is automation efforts, centered on data governance and integration. Another goal is alignment between IT system support, operations, and the business.

The focus for DevOps, in comparison, is software and application development. Automation efforts center on the development cycle, software delivery processes, and waste elimination. The alignment of developers, operations, and the business is a major aim of DevOps.

What is Industrial DataOps?

A more specific version of the new discipline, Industrial DataOps is about breaking down silos and optimizing the broad availability and usability of industrial data generated in asset-heavy industries such as oil and gas, power and utilities, and manufacturing.

Here are three key truths about Industrial DataOps:

1. Industrial DataOps depends on collaboration with domain experts

Individuals and interactions (far more than processes and tools) are essential to make data valuable and useful for data consumers across an organization—in other words, the domain experts in different fields and departments.

It’s important to remember that DataOps is a practice, a way of engaging and collaborating across the organization to both share and reap greater value from the data.

2. Data is only as valuable as the analytics behind it and the scale of people who use it

The convergence of data and analytics has made Industrial DataOps an operational necessity. To be used broadly, data requires context. Automating the data process and creating one central, contextualized source of truth is the only way to make sure that live data triumphs over static documentation and reports in the decision-making process.

3. Extracting the value of the data requires an agile approach

Industrial DataOps isn’t about documenting, reporting, or extensive up-front design. It’s a far more agile process in which experimentation, iteration, and feedback are essential.

Creating business value isn’t a one-way transaction between data scientist and department. It’s a joint effort that requires both sides to participate, share, and develop solutions that hold transformative potential. The data is alive, and so are the means of working with it.

What are the benefits of Industrial DataOps?

Industrial DataOps is already becoming a driving force in industrial transformations, helping accelerate digital maturity, enabling data teams to deliver more digital products, and realizing more operational value at scale.

In a 2020 survey of global companies, McKinsey found organizations that embedded DataOps could see the volume of new features increase by 50% because data automation enables quicker development iterations. Specific benefits include:

Are you ready for Industrial DataOps?

CNTXT is the exclusive reseller of Cognite Data Fusion, the leading Industrial DataOps platform, in the MENA region. With Industrial DataOps, your organization can achieve record time to value:

In addition to offering enterprises in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia exclusive access to world-leading DataOps, we also provide a global top-three hyperscale cloud platform provider and some of the best developers, data experts, and digital transformation solutions.

For more information about how Cognite Data Fusion is addressing the most difficult industrial data challenges to provide open, contextualized data, download the Cognite Data Fusion fact sheet here.

The cloud is here, so what happens next? 

Cloud computing has evolved as a disruptive innovation to traditional computing and is fast becoming the new normal. In October 2020, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology published KSA’s Cloud First Policy to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing services. This policy directs governmental entities to consider cloud options when making new IT investment decisions. The private sector was encouraged to follow the same exercise by creating an internal cloud-first Policy. The policy was defined in line with the key pillars of KSA’s ambitious Vision 2030. 

What may be less clear, is how you create that could-first strategy.

What is a cloud-first approach?

Cloud computing is defined by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model is composed of five essential characteristics: On-demand self-service, Broad Network Access, Resource Pooling, Rapid Elasticity, and Measured Service. 

For organizations in the public and private sectors, adopting this model has numerous benefits. It enables them to:

What about regulatory challenges?

Personal data protection law and cyber security legislation and regulations are impacting cloud adoption in heavily regulated sectors. Demands for local data centers have increased to address compliance and data residency challenges. Bringing data centers closer to the user also reduces the distance in which the data has to travel which significantly reduces latency and thus increases quality and customer satisfaction.

To date, there are 22 registered cloud service providers in Saudi Arabia, according to the Communications and Information Technology Commission. Nine more cloud service providers are under the qualification process. The region is also witnessing increasing penetration of leading global hyperscale cloud providers including AWS in Bahrain, Azure in Emirates, Google Cloud in Qatar and recently announced in Saudi Arabia by 2023. Google will deploy and operate the cloud region in Saudi Arabia with its local strategic reseller and distributor, CNTXT. 

What is a cloud adoption framework?

All the leading cloud service providers offer an adoption framework to guide organizations through their cloud adoption journey and mitigate possible risks. These frameworks offer a baseline to start with when migrating to the cloud, using a standardized approach with actionable, best-practice-based instructions and clear and customizable documentation for each step of the journey.

Google, for example, offers a cloud adoption framework designed to build a structure on the rubric of people, technology, and processes. The framework provides an assessment of where you are in your cloud adoption journey and actionable programs that get you to where you want to be. 

How can Google’s framework guide your cloud adoption?

The Google Cloud Adoption Framework takes a dynamic approach to help organizations navigate their cloud adoption journey. This framework operates around four themes and three phases, allowing organizations to measure their cloud maturity level by examining each theme within the context of the three phases. The four themes are:

For each of the above four themes, the assessed business practices will fall into one of the following three phases:

To support organizations’ data ecosystems and enable data-driven transformation, Google also provides several data cloud products with built in AI such as BigQuery, Cloud Spanner, Looker, and Vertex AI for ML. Google Cloud is open and standards-based. It offers best-in-class integration with open source standards and APIs and supports multi-cloud and hybrid environments. 

How do you measure an organization’s cloud readiness?

You can use Google Cloud’s Adoption Framework yourself to make an assessment of your organization’s readiness for the cloud. Google provides a free Cloud Maturity Assessment tool part of Google Cloud Adoption Framework to help you determine where you are on your cloud journey today, plan your progress, and mature your cloud capabilities. It does this by assessing your current business practices along the four themes – Learn, Lead, Scale and Secure – and providing recommendations on how to move from the tactical phase to the strategic and ultimately to the transformational phase of cloud maturity.

If you’d like a partner on that journey, CNTXT is here for you. Founded in 2022 and based in Saudi Arabia, CNTXT is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Norwegian software firm Cognite. Delivering premium cloud and digital transformation services in MENA, CNTXT’s digital offerings include Google Cloud and Cognite Data Fusion, enabling customers to achieve greater efficiency, sustainability, and profitability throughout their digital transformation journeys. To get started, talk to us today.