Waheed Al Hamaid, country sales lead, Cisco Oman Waheed Al Hamaid, country sales lead, Cisco Oman

Cisco Middle East has appointed Waheed Al Hamaid as country sales lead for Oman. Al Hamaid will lead Cisco’s business in the Sultanate and work closely with the partner ecosystem to support private and public sector customers in their efforts to digitise and transform their operations to drive business outcomes.

Shukri Eid, MD – East region, Cisco Middle East said: “As a technology leader, our focus is on accelerating our ability to respond to our customer and partner needs in support of their aspirations. Waheed Al Hamaid is a passionate leader with an extensive track record of achievements under his belt, and I am confident of our ability to realise the tremendous opportunities that exist in Oman with him at the helm. His appreciation of the vital confluence between technology and business impact, combined with his profound appreciation for the opportunities presented by digitisation position us ideally to execute against our strategic priorities and drive continued growth.”

“This is a dynamic time in Oman where we are experiencing fast-paced changes and evolving trends across government and multiple industries. As an Omani, I take great pride when I look at what the Sultanate has achieved so far. Now is the time for Oman to enter the next phase of its economic strategy by harnessing the power of digitisation.” said Waheed Al Hamaid.

With Cisco predicting more than 212 billion connected objects by 2020, app-centric infrastructure, sensors and mobile devices are going to be the new normal for almost every city in the world, including those in Oman. Translated in economic terms, connecting the unconnected can be as much some $19 trillion, or $4.6 trillion for the public sector, two-thirds of which can be realised by smart cities.

“Technological change has made massive improvements in the delivery of public services and Oman is one of the countries aspiring to embrace the move toward urban automation and transforming into smart government. Cisco has a long track record in working with cities on their journey and in order to realize the full potential of Smart+Connected Communities in the era of the Internet of Things. Success requires a strong public-private partnership approach, beyond the silos of existing city infrastructure providers, and this is the basis upon which we are collaborating with the government. Asset-bundling and new partnership models will enable the creation of a connected public infrastructure that delivers value to both city administrators and citizens, enhancing the livability of a city,” added Al Hamaid.

Oman has developed its vision 2040 where logistics and transportation represent the main source of income for the Sultanate after oil and gas. In order to improve the efficiency and high quality services of the logistics and transportation sector, smart technology and fast IT will play an important role.

Al Hamaid said: “As we move into an era of complete digitisation, where technology begins to connect everything from people, processes and data to things, Oman will need to rethink how it approaches its infrastructure on a grand scale. This will require fostering an innovation, talent and entrepreneurship ecosystem that shift the economy towards greater private sector participation and a more market-based approach."