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Job Purpose: Establish and lead the central PMO office for Mannai ICT. Define, implement and enforce delivery project management and governance best practices for Mannai ICT’s major and/or cross-Business Unit projects.
Job Scope: To define and implement required processes and governance structures to setup the Central PMO for Mannai ICT. Ensure efficient delivery of major and/or cross-BU delivery projects. Devise and enforce a project governance and reporting framework coordinating with and between Business Units’ PMO and PM contacts. Perform healtchecks and provide guidance for needed/critical/troubled projects.
Major Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Working with Mannai Business Units’ PMO/PM contacts, implement and enforce Project Management, PMO Management, Governance and Reporting standards and best practices to be applied across Mannai ICT
Ensure all critical and/or cross-BU projects are delivered efficiently by the corresponding PM/PMO organization
Perform health checks and provide PM/PMO support and guidance for needed projects. Ensure project issues and decisions are escalated in a timely manner to senior managers
Ensure timely and accurate reporting on key projects’ status and progress
Enable and support decision-making process for Senior Management, regarding critical topics of ongoing projects
Self-Manage major critical Programmes, including multiple sub-projects with interdependencies and shared goals
Identify requirements and support implementation of a Project Portfolio Management Solution for Mannai ICT
Quality, Timely and Accurately delivery of key projects
PM, PMO, Governance and Reporting practices defined and implemented
Environmental Condition: Indoors.
Physical Demands: This position requires indoor office activities.
Mental Demands: Organised with empathetic and analytical abilities. Planning, Coordination, Supervision, Communication, Persuasion, Negotiation.
Excellent planning and organization skills
Self-starting and highly motivated
Perseverant and mature
Effective communicator, persuador, negotiator
Computer, Electronics, IT/IS/MIS or similar university degree required. MBA is desirable.
Job track record in large scale commercial organisations, IT Integrators or Service Providers.
Proven experience in project management of complex, large-scale projects, PMO setup and management and governance processes. PPM implementation experience desirable.
Ability to work in a fast paced environment and effectively prioritize multiple tasks, detail oriented, stress-resilient, strongly perseverant, highly motivated, proactive.
Project Management Certification required. MBA desirable.
Excellent people skills, mature leadership style, strong communication skills, strong conceptual skills, able to analyse and synthesize information quickly. Able to present material in an organized and clear manner.
1. Computer Literacy: Strong skills in MS Project, Project Server/PPM and MS Office Suite.
2. Verbal and written communication: Effectively transfers thoughts and expresses ideas orally or verbally in individual or group situations. Able to create effective letters, memos, presentations, outlines, reports and similar documents.
3. Self-control and Resilience: Mature, highly-resilient, self-starter and motivated
Microsoft’s next iteration of the Xbox One may not have a disc at all, and it might be coming sooner than you think.
That’s at least according to rumors from Windows Central, which says a discless Xbox One S “All-Digital Edition” will be offered for preorders in April. The new device, said to be code-named Maverick, will offer a “disc-to-digital” program, letting fans turn in physical game discs and convert them to digital downloads, Windows Central added.
One benefit of this new Xbox, Windows Central said, would be that it could push the price of an Xbox down. The Xbox One S starts at $299 and is typically bundled with a game. A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment.
The move could mark a turning point for the video game industry, which has sold video games on discs and cartridges for decades. Some people still prefer to buy physical copies of their games, in part to share them with friends or trade them in at retailers like GameStop.
Industry mainstays like Microsoft and Sony’s PlayStation group have considered dumping disc drives for their consoles in the past.
Sony, for example, debated removing discs from its PlayStation 4 console before the gadget’s launch in 2013. But the company ultimately kept them, in part because internet connections for people in some developing countries and at military bases aren’t reliable enough to support the many gigabytes of data required for a full game download. The company has also created streaming options, such as PlayStation Now, which let people play games over the internet in a way that’s similar to how they can watch movies from Netflix.
In an interview earlier this year, however, PlayStation’s chairman of worldwide studios, Shawn Layden, said the company is mindful that not everyone has good enough internet connections to rely on digital-only services yet.
“If you’re PlayStation and you’re available in 168 countries around the world, streaming will be a thing which will have interest to certain people in certain places,” he said. “We can leave no gamer behind.”
Microsoft for its part has also considered a digital-only version of its Xbox before. Half a decade ago, the company was experimenting with a set-top box, as well as other Xbox designs, all to broaden the types of video game consoles it sells.
These days, however, Microsoft has signaled it’s more willing to move gaming to the internet. Last June, the company said it’s building a streaming game service to compete with Sony, Electronic Arts and others. Microsoft also said it’s building a next-generation video game console, though it didn’t say when the device would launch.
Volvo and a Singapore university unveiled a driverless electric bus Tuesday that will soon undergo tests in the city-state, the latest move towards rolling out autonomous vehicles for public transport.
High-tech Singapore has become a testbed for self-driving technology and the world’s first driverless taxis went into operation in a limited public trial in the country in 2016.
Swedish automaker Volvo Buses and its local partner Nanyang Technological University (NTU) unveiled what they described as a full-size autonomous electric bus and said the vehicle would soon start trial runs in the university’s sprawling campus.
Data from the trials will be used to improve the technology before the driverless buses are put to the test on public roads, Volvo and NTU said in a statement.
Volvo Buses president Hakan Agnevall said the vehicle was ‘an important step towards our vision for a cleaner, safer and smarter city’.
The vehicle is 12 metres (39 feet) long with a full capacity of close to 80 passengers.
It uses 80 percent less energy than a diesel bus of a similar size and is equipped with sensors and navigation controls managed by an artificial intelligence system, the statement said.
Qatar Airways are currently recruiting for a Senior Manager – Technology Engagement and Delivery. The successful candidate will be responsible for driving the overall relationship with assigned business divisions from a IT delivery and outcomes perspective., and the development of the IT strategic road map in close liaison with the business partners and leaders to support the future business model of the organisation and to facilitate its implementation. The successful candidate will also be responsible for converting IT strategy into annual work programme keeping in mind business growth plans, opportunities and operational challenges.
In addition, the successful candidate will lead the definition of a portfolio of programmes, projects, and/or on-going service provision. This will require the identification of issues with portfolio structure, cost, risk, inter-dependencies, impact on current business activities and the strategic benefits to be realised.
To define Technology strategy for assigned business areas and manage their entire life cycle i.e. from induct to retire. To manage all outsourced/hosted IT services for assigned business area ensuring that service provider’s meet agreed service levels, the solutions are periodically benchmarked against competitive solutions in terms of functionality, technology and cost and future application strategy is aligned to make sure QR Group gets the best.
Establish an appropriate and cost effective IT strategy (over a 3-5 year timeframe) for assigned business unit to support the business strategy and growth plans, in line with the overall QR Group IT Strategy. Influence business unit to align its requirement to IT strategy when such alignment would be in the best interest of the organization.
Plan, schedule, monitor and report on activities related to the portfolio to ensure that each part of the portfolio contributes to the overall achievement of the portfolio.
Accountable for structured, qualitative and quantitative review of IT service delivery with the assigned divisions/departments.
Accountable for ensuring that implemented systems and services have a high functional and technical fit; data and functionality is not duplicated across multiple systems or business areas; needs and wants are separated and prioritised; and conflicting requirements from business units are resolved.
Enable and support the business’ management to develop and seek approval for business case by providing reliable and optimal cost estimates; and advising on technology and implementation risks.
Ensure that existing QR Group IT solutions are reused or leveraged where possible so to avoid unnecessary investments in new IT solutions.
Engages and influences senior managers to ensure the portfolio will deliver the agreed business objectives.
Manage the full life cycle for the assigned systems, from induction to retirement; ensure solutions approaching functional and/or technological obsolescence are planned for change jointly with business well in advance; and conduct periodic market benchmarks of relevant systems in terms of functionality, technology and cost to inform future strategies and decisions for QR to achieve high return on investment.
Own and ensure delivery of all agreed solutions, projects and services in a timely and cost effective manner.
Ensure that a consolidated work programme portfolio and plan is established and maintained along with key attributes such as business priority, based on inputs from solutions strategy, approved budgets, and high level planning output from individual projects.
Establish and facilitate optimal project governance and decision making structures, such as Steering Committee and Working Groups, to ensure smooth, efficient and risk-managed programme delivery.
Develop change management strategies and approaches to ensure transformational programs can be delivered effectively and business adoption is achieved.
Ensure compliance to QR IT Service Management and support/achieve its applicable/assigned Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Safeguard the systems against IT/Cyber security threats through appropriate design and controls; and ensure full compliance with IT Security policies and standards.
Enable smooth business operations by ensuring high availability of the systems through appropriate design and architecture; and comply with IT availability and business continuity management processes and standards.
Notifies projects/programmes/change initiatives of issues and recommends and monitors corrective action.
Reports on portfolio status as appropriate.
Collects, summarises and reports on portfolio KPIs often through the deployment of business management processes and systems.
Take full responsibility for managing execution of contracts with suppliers of IT systems and hosted services, ensuring that service providers meet agreed service levels and that usage of licences is optimised.
Lead the development of annual and rolling budgets related to application systems for business areas in line with the agreed business specific IT strategy.
To stay close to the business so that IT can suggest solutions to the business proactively and improve the business.
Ensure that all projects and project teams comply with IT project governance framework and standards from process, deliverables and reporting perspective.
Minimum 10 + years relevant experience
Minimum of 5 years in Similar role, ideally within a customer relations environment or fast paced complex environment such as Financial service, retail, or FMCG.
Major account experience gained in both multinational and multi-cultural environments would be an added benefit.
Job Specific Skills:
Experience within Airline Operations, Airport Operations or Technical / MRO is essential
Business/IS Strategy and planning
Systems Implementation or Development leadership
Project management certification or demonstrable experience
Managerial skills – Ability to delegate work, set clear direction and manage workflow. Strong mentoring and coaching skills. Ability to train and develop subordinate’s skills. Ability to foster teamwork among team members.
Command of English language.
Relevant College or University qualification to min Bachelor’s level
Bachelor’s Degree in the fields of Computer Science, any Engineering discipline, Commerce or Sciences.
Industry related certification in either or both ITIL, Project management
Faculty members at College of the North Atlantic — Qatar (CNA-Q) were engaged in a professional development day yesterday, with a focus on technology-enabled teaching for better student outcomes.
More than 300 faculty began their day with a keynote speech from Dr Randall Hansen, programme chair of Learning Design and Technology from the University of Maryland, about how technology has influenced education, changed our world, and ultimately has changed the way students learn.
“Technology is the best way to engage Generation Z students, the youth of today. We have access to more information than ever than at any time in history and students’ access to information is key to development and growth,” said Dr Hansen.
“As educators we must not be solely teachers, but also facilitators and mentors. We should encourage students to take the reins to explore the Internet and technology, to research and analyse elements of the curriculum they find interesting. Letting students actively participate and shape their education will support critical thinking skills and a vested, genuine interest in learning.”
Dr Hansen’s colleague, Dr LeAnn Derby, joined him to hold an Educators’ Workshop on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards.
Additional sessions were held across CNA-Q’s state-of-the-art campus related to the College’s disciplines of Business Studies, Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades, Health Sciences, Information Technology and Language Studies and Academics.
Specific workshops were developed for the College’s various faculties on topics related to teaching technologies, educational online platforms and student-centred pedagogies.
“As educators, administrators and supporters of Qatar’s education system, I know we can all agree that Dr Hansen’s presentation is especially timely and relevant to Qatar, in the nation’s time of rapid growth and development,” said Samah Gamar, vice president — Academic.
“In an evolving and digitalised world, educational institutions must be nimble, adaptive and responsive to the needs of learners. CNA-Q is pleased to lead the way as the State’s national technical College, offering faculty development that directly correlates with the environmental, economic, institutional and educational needs of Qatar.”
Google is releasing a new Chrome extension that could make account takeovers harder for hackers.
The Password Checkup tool, which the tech giant released on Tuesday, warns you if the username and password that you’re using were stolen in any data breaches. It then prompts you to change them if they were.
Even data breaches from more than a decade ago can still hurt victims if they haven’t changed their passwords. Consider this: A collection of 2.2 billion stolen credentials, dating as far back as 2008, continues to float around in hacker forums. Cybercriminals count on you being lazy.
For context, hackers could take over 2.2 million accounts if just one-tenth of 1 percent of the passwords in that massive leak haven’t been updated.
Google’s own database of collected credentials from public breaches contains over 4 billion usernames and passwords, said Kurt Thomas, a research scientist at Google.
The company has used that database for the last five years to protect Google users who could be affected by third-party breaches. More than 110 million accounts were kept safe through this measure, Thomas said.
“Without this safety measure, you’re about 10 times more likely to fall victim to an account takeover,” he said.
Google’s Chrome dominates the browser market, accounting for 62 percent of website usage today, according to analytics firm StatCounter.
The Chrome extension is similar to what Nest, a smart home company that Google owns, does for its users.
Nest monitors publicly leaked password databases and checks its own databases for matches. If a user’s email and password for outside services are involved, Nest sends an alert requesting the person to change passwords — even if the company’s own data wasn’t affected by the breach.
Google isn’t the only company that does this. Facebook’s security team also monitors public breaches. So does Netflix’s.
This prevents hackers from being able to reuse passwords stolen from one service on another website. Hackers often employ this tactic to take over accounts, given how many people are likely to use the same password again and again. In a survey by Google and Harris Poll of 3,000 adults in the US, for instance, 65 percent of respondents said they reuse a password across multiple accounts. (Even so, about 60 percent of respondents say they have “too many passwords to remember,” according to the survey.)
In 2016, hackers said they were able to access Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter account by using his LinkedIn password, which was stolen in a 2012 breach.
Google’s new tool doesn’t save or view your passwords to match it with its database of hijacked credentials, according to Google.
The 4 billion credentials in Google’s database are hashed and encrypted, and so are the passwords and usernames a person would type in to compare using the Chrome extension. It uses a cryptography technique called “blinding” so Google can compare your passwords without ever needing to view them.
Hacks happen almost daily, but you’re not expected to check every day to see if your account information was leaked in a breach. People simply have a hard time staying on top of security-related matters. Up to 69 percent of respondents to Google’s survey said they were excellent at protecting their own accounts, yet only 32 percent even knew what phishing and two-factor authentication are.
Password Checkup is designed to fill that security gap by automatically checking and warning people if they could be impacted by a potential hack.
“We felt this was important and tried to do this as a community service and help our users everywhere,” said Elie Bursztein, Google’ anti-abuse research team lead.
Ooredoo has kicked off a new paperless price tag system called ePaper labels at the Ooredoo shop along Old Airport Road, and will extend the rollout of the new solution to other Ooredoo shops very soon, evidencing its commitment to environmental responsibility and digitalisation.
The new digital price tag system – the first to be used in Qatar – provides a number of benefits to customers and shops, as well as the environment.
Obviously, without the need for paper, the new system is entirely sustainable and environment-friendly. Costs of ink, paper, and labour are reduced, and the potential for mistakes is greatly reduced; price tags are synchronised with central pricing systems, increasing accuracy and allowing any amendments to be carried out quickly and easily. Promotions and special offers can also quickly and easily be incorporated into the system to reflect on the digital price tags.
All labels are near-field communication (NFC) enabled, meaning the technology installed can communicate directly with the customer’s smartphone. There is also a QR code that can be scanned and pushed to Ooredoo online channels to provide features of the displayed device or enable online purchase.
Customer service will be enhanced by the introduction of the tags, as staff will spend less time on paper tagging and can spend more time focusing on customer needs. And from a visual perspective, shops look neater, more digitalised and modern.
Speaking about the new digital tag system, Manar Khalifa al-Muraikhi, director, public relations and corporate communications at Ooredoo, said: “We’re constantly looking at ways to improve the customer experience at our shops, and ways to improve our business in line with our corporate strategy. Digitalising our price tagging system is of great benefit to our customers and also propels us further along our path to complete digitisation, a key goal for Ooredoo.”
Ooredoo Group confirmed yesterday that it has successfully trialled the first International 5G call in the Arab world.
Ooredoo placed a call between Ooredoo Group CEO Sheikh Saud bin Nasser al-Thani and Ooredoo Kuwait CEO Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulla bin Mohamed al-Thani in the presence of Ooredoo officials from Qatar and Kuwait, as well as other government officials and dignitaries.
The call originated from Sheikh Saud from Ooredoo’s headquarters in Doha and was received by Sheikh Mohamed in Ooredoo Kuwait’s headquarters. The call was made using 5G CPEs connected at 5G speeds of up to 1Gbps, showcasing the incredible potential of 5G.
Ooredoo Qatar became the first operator in the world to launch a live, commercially-available 5G network in May 2018 and has since worked tirelessly to ensure it will be ready for use as soon as 5G devices become commercially available. 5G is set to revolutionise mobile and fixed connectivity, with super-fast Internet speeds, extreme throughput and low latency.
Ooredoo Kuwait announced the launch of the trial 5G for its customers in June 2018. The 5G trial launch came as the company prepares to release the biggest network of the revolutionary Internet of the future across Kuwait in 2019. This comes in tandem with Ooredoo Group’s plans to roll out 5G across its markets, following the launch of the new high capacity technology in Doha.
Detailed 5G network testing is now underway across Qatar and Kuwait 5G networks, and plenty of the incredible possibilities of 5G have already been showcased by Ooredoo, including a driverless aerial taxi, 5G broadband in a moving vehicle, and never-before-seen gaming quality. With this announcement, Ooredoo joins major global telco players in successfully trialling 5G calls.
Sheikh Saud said: “We were immensely proud to be the first in the world to launch a live, commercially available 5G network, and today, our pride increased as we conducted the first international 5G call in the region.
“Being at the forefront of technological development, to ensure our customers and Qatari citizens and residents will be the first to enjoy the incredible capabilities of 5G, is of paramount importance to us and we are delighted to announce the success of this call, marking yet another crucial step along the way to widespread, life-changing 5G adoption.”
For more information on Ooredoo and its progress towards 5G, visit ooredoo.qa
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Qatar, in collaboration with Thomson Reuters (now Refinitiv), will host a seminar titled ‘How can Innovation Stimulate Growth in Qatar’, which will take place on November 28 at the Qatar Chamber headquarters.
The session will focus on topics such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs (initial coin offerings) to help attendees attain more insight on the state of artificial intelligence and its potential, regulation vs innovation, banks vs Fintech, and innovation in Islamic finance.
In a statement, Qatar Chamber said: “Innovation and creative strategies are very well being adapted in the recent times within Qatar, and we truly believe this is the key to the ongoing growth and success of Qatar as a nation.
“We are proud to collaborate with Thomson Reuters in bringing this informative seminar to our local business community and hope that the attendees can benefit from the knowledge gained.”
Thomson Reuters in Qatar said, “Qatar Chamber and ICC Qatar play a major role in raising awareness and updating the business and commercial community in Qatar by holding such important events. We are pleased of this partnership and cooperation with them on all levels.”
It added: “Technology has made our lives infinitely easier, and yet we have not seen all that is still to come. Digital technology is ever evolving, and at an alarming pace. In fact, economists call this era the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They believe that digital technology and innovation is affecting the economy just as the steam engine, internal combustion engine and the microchip have, but at an exponential rate.
“It is plain for everyone to see that the world as we know it is not only changing, but being disrupted by technology and innovation. Many traditional sectors such as those in healthcare, retail and industry have been completely transformed by new technologies.”