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GGICO selects Levtech to implement Microsoft Dynamics


Abhilash Nair, IT Manager, GGICO
Abhilash Nair, IT Manager, GGICO

GGICO a conglomerate listed publicly in the Dubai Financial Market, with widely diversified activities in real estate, retail, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing and services – selects Levtech to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX & CRM.

With a view to streamline Group operations, GGICO systematically pursued the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM at the Head Office. A key requirement was the real estate division’s need to centralise and streamline their operations so that the team could respond to everyday functions from property sales/marketing to maintenance more effectively.

In addition, Levtech introduced a new solution called ‘LevEstate’ that extends the functionality of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics AX to help GGICO manage the entire life cycle of a customer interaction from leads, property listings, sale transaction to facility management. Microsoft Dynamics AX also ensured that the back-office financial operations and inventory management processes were effectively managed.

“There are several functions within a Group company that requires unconstrained communication between every department, partners and the customer. Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP along with LevEstate offers a comprehensive and flexible platform for us to manage key processes across financials, inventory management, investments, property sales activities and maintenance effectively,” said Abhilash Nair, IT Manager, GGICO. “We are glad to have partnered with Levtech as their expertise and robust add-on solution offers the agility and scalability for us to manage our sales processes more effectively and provide high quality customer service,” added Nair.

Anilesh Kumar, Business Development Director, Levtech Consulting said, “We are glad to assist GGICO in achieving their business objectives by offering a customer-centric solution that covers all aspects of the operations. Following the implementation, GGICO has seen improved collaboration between departments; allowing them to offer improved services to its customers. We now look forward to extending the LevEstate solution to cover additional aspects of the business such as a customer portal, marketing automation, call telephony and social media integration. We also plan to further leverage reporting and BI capabilities on Dynamics AX and CRM, in the next phase.”

Isam K. Kabbani Deploys Nexthink’s Solution Across Its Group


Zohdi El-Saadi, Chief Information Officer, IKK Group Established by Sheikh Isam Kabbani, the IKK Group is recognized as one of the top 50 companies in Saudi Arabia in the construction industry. IKK Group today announced that it is deploying Nexthink’s IT analytics solution through its partner ProgressWays to better serve its customers and enable the group to further diversify its operations.

IKK Group understands that technology is key to help the organization meet its business objectives. IKK Group’s Centralized Information Technology Department (CITD) is tasked with delivering high level of service to its customers across 6 locations; including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Oman and Lebanon. Any IT failure or service disruption can impact customer service and harm IKK Group’s reputation. With the help of ProgressWays, Nexthink offers improved visibility, and can easily detect issues and identify patterns in its IT environment – ensuring enhanced performance and efficiency.

Zohdi El-Saadi, Chief Information Officer, IKK Group said, “We can see how our IT infrastructure is operating and transforming, in real-time with Nexthink. This new insight helps our IT departments connect, communicate and collaborate. We are able to generate reports for senior management in just a few clicks, which saves our IT support team around 50% of time compared to generating these reports the old fashioned way before using Nexthink.”

Ghassan I. Alkahlout, Regional Director, Nexthink said, “Nexthink offers IKK Group insightful information of its IT infrastructure; giving early warning of impending issues and the ability to discover bottlenecks and proactively take action before end-users are impacted. This enables the IT team to detect and solve problems faster.”
Wael F. Suleiman, VP Sales, ProgressWays said, “Initially the IT team spent a lot of time and resources to discover and resolve issues across different locations. With Nexthink, IKK Group’s IT department has the visibility into the challenges employees (end-users) face, and can transition from reactive to proactive IT support, and improve problems. ProgressWays will continue to work closely with the IKK IT team to help deliver its business objectives.”

TECOM invests AED 4 billion in the first phase of Dubai Design District


Following the announcement made yesterday (Saturday) by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, TECOM Investments, the developers of Dubai Design District, has today said that it aims to complete phase one of this dedicated industry community by January 2015, with construction of ten buildings already underway.

TECOM is investing AED 4 billion in the first phase of Dubai Design District, which marks the start of what will become a world class creative community for the Middle East that promotes and nurtures local and regional designers. In addition, it will be home to some of the world’s leading brands and talent, as well as showcasing Dubai as an international design, fashion and luxury destination that can compete with the more established global centres.

TECOM Investments has also announced that during phase one’s construction period, businesses and individuals looking to be licensed within Dubai Design District can secure licenses to operate in any of TECOM’s nine other purpose built free zone business parks. Under TECOM’s existing offering, the legal and commercial framework for licensing specific design-related activities is already available.

Commenting, Ahmed Bin Byat, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Holding, said:

“The UAE’s resilient and growing retail and tourism sectors, its strong infrastructure and logistic network, and the potential of the MENASA region, have already attracted several of the world’s top design and luxury brands to set up their regional headquarters in Dubai.

“To further strengthen Dubai’s knowledge-based economy and ensure its sustainability, we must create an environment that would produce and nurture future business leaders and entrepreneurs. Dubai Design District aims to provide this environment for the local talent interested in this sector. Furthermore, these talents will be able to draw on the experience of the leading regional and international operators who we are looking to attract to the district.

“Dubai Design District will be a dedicated home to the growing and increasingly popular local designer community who are emerging onto the global stage. We are confident that the district will play an integral role in diversifying Dubai’s economy once developed.”


Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer at TECOM Investments, added:

“The announcement of Dubai Design District is a landmark moment for TECOM and a natural expansion for the creative industries we have already established. Extensive market research into the design, fashion and luxury industries, coupled with our track record in creating, operating and growing successful, industry-focused business parks in Dubai has led us to create this new district.

“In the same way that we have supported IT companies in Dubai Internet City – the region’s first knowledge cluster – and media companies in Dubai Media City, we want to give design and luxury goods companies a platform for growth and an appropriate base for their operations in Dubai. TECOM’s pioneering and industry-focused business parks have helped play a key part in the development of Dubai’s knowledge economy and in growing employment levels across the UAE.”

According to a recent report on the knowledge economy published by the World Bank, the UAE has the highest employment growth rate in the MENA region having seen employment reach 3.5 million in 2009 from 1.7 million in 2000.

Dr Amina Al Rustamani continued, “Luxury brands like Hermes, apparel brands Nike and Puma, educational institutions focused on the industry like ESMOD, and related media such as Harper’s Bazaar are already doing business in some of TECOM’s nine free zones and we want to see others join them.”

Dubai Design District aims to be the Middle East’s key destination for the design, fashion and luxury industries and will offer people a dedicated district that will be the heart of the region’s design scene. TECOM Investments is creating a purpose built environment for these industries with the  vision of a world class creative community that engages, nurtures and promotes local, regional and global design talent, which supports Dubai’s goals for a diversified and thriving economy.

This new Dubai-based fashion, design, and luxury goods district also builds on the Emirate’s strengths in tourism and will be a major contributing factor in achieving the goals of Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020.

In terms of facilities, Dubai Design District will offer residential, commercial, retail and hospitality real estate, characterised by distinct public spaces, unique street furniture and shaded walkways. The development will include a creek side promenade with international and boutique hotels, a pop up shop area, amphitheatre and convention centre.