Mobilizing ecosystem actors to succeed in digital transformation

Government and private sector players are now fully aware of the need to support digital transformation which has become imperative for all organizations in order to ensure their growth, or even existence. This is the message conveyed by the speakers at the first edition of the Digital Transformation Forum, organized on Tuesday by Orange, Huawei and AOB Group, in partnership with the Association of Information Systems Users (Ausim), the Finatech Group and Moroccan SMEs.

More than two years into the digital transformation forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the question should no longer be asked. The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Digital Transformation and Administration Reform, Ahmed Al-Ammari, says that digital transformation is an economic, societal and governance issue, which cannot succeed without “a comprehensive, unified, simultaneous and user-centric cooperation.”

The director, who was speaking at the opening of the first edition of the Digital Transformation Forum, said that his ministry is preparing an “integrated digital transformation policy aimed specifically at creating an integrated and comprehensive digital society and economy that allows the national production of the adaptive forum digital content with an educational, social and cultural invitation.” The goal is to stimulate a global membership dynamic capable of bridging the current digital divide, by uniting the efforts of public and private actors.

He emphasized that “today, more than in the past, the public policies of our country must take full advantage of the development potential offered by digital as a tool for economic launch, competitiveness of all actors in society and value creation.” A challenge that requires the development of real synergies between the public and private sectors, technology suppliers, and professional associations and groups.
The same story is with the general manager of Orange Morocco, Hendrik Castell, who stressed that “this pandemic has taught us that a digital tool is essential for the resilience of public or private organizations in order to adapt to them. They face and absorb difficult situations. They can resist and remain agile.” And to add that the digital is an extraordinary tool for development across the country, and the digital economy is an essential lever for growth.

Business survival issue

Small or large digital brings every organization the capabilities to enable it to perform and succeed. This tool is changing the way you operate, transforming at all levels with passwords for agility, innovation, performance and data exploitation in uppercase. The challenges of digital transformation for companies also require the transition to a new organizational culture that requires collective intelligence and artificial intelligence.
“For many organizations, the motivation behind choosing digital transformation is to reduce their operational costs and improve their revenues. Moving data to public, private or hybrid cloud environments leads to significant operational cost savings, eliminating the cost of hardware and IT software and freeing up resources to work on other projects This transition also makes it possible to enhance the organizations’ speed and productivity, to deliver a better customer experience and to improve the collection and processing of information to make better decisions,” notes Hendrik Castell.
In fact, moving to the cloud is now a necessity and a prerequisite for organizations that want to ensure their resilience and continue to evolve. It is a proven practice, according to Madiha Oufik, head of the digitalization promotion department at PME Morocco. “Covid-19 has changed the way we do things and our habits as consumers. With the risk of disappearing, companies have had to make this digital transformation. In recent years, requests for support from companies are mainly related to digitization and this percentage is only increasing.”
Data management, cloud architecture, legal environment… The first edition of the Digital Transformation Forum also had many highlights. The goal is to share good practices and new opportunities with the various players in the ecosystem and accelerate the disruptive dynamics that have emerged during the pandemic by supporting Moroccan companies to succeed in digital transformation.

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Orange and Huawei sign two partnership agreements

On the sidelines of the first edition of the Digital Transformation Forum, which was organized on Tuesday 7 June 2022 in Casablanca, Orange and Huawei signed two partnership agreements. The first relates to enhancing ICT skills among the new hires of the telecom operator, while the second relates to the exchange of experiences between the two entities in order to develop innovative ICT solutions at the service of Moroccan companies.

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Three questions for Chakib Ashour, Director of Strategy at Huawei Morocco

We plan to launch a support program for start-ups soon.

Huawei Morocco is co-organizing the first edition of the Digital Transformation Forum. Why this choice in the current economic climate?
This forum aims to be a platform for exchange with Moroccan partners and clients to share technological innovations, the latest use cases that we are preparing in different fields, whether in Industry 4.0 or fintech. Today, these themes have become a reality for Morocco. The kingdom has developed a strong auto industry that can move towards Industry 4.0 similar to agriculture and so on. On the sidelines of this forum, Huawei will present innovations directly from the group’s headquarters in Shenzhen to showcase use cases and innovation experiences, whether in telemedicine, agriculture or Fintech.

The group is the main equipment manufacturer in the ICT sector in Morocco. How to support Moroccan companies in their digital transformation?
Huawei supports the digital transformation of Moroccan companies by providing expertise to our partners in various sectors. Moreover, we recently organized the “Huawei Morocco Intelligent Finance Summit”, where we shared with our clients the latest use cases in the sector. We also demonstrated, in a concrete way, the use cases of technologies in various fields during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February.

In recent years, you have launched several programs to impart ICT skills and train Moroccan digital talent. What is the impact of this approach on digital transformation at the national level?
Last year, we trained more than 6000 talents. Today, we partner with 50 universities and higher education institutions and have more than 1,500 accredited talent. These certificates constitute passports for employment. We are also partners in the initiative launched by the Digital Development Agency, the “Digital Academy”, to train not only students, but also civil servants and people who want to transform their careers. Finally, we intend to launch a support program for startups soon to support Moroccan entrepreneurs.

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Three questions for marketing manager Faisal Soleimani

“We will soon create a support platform depending on the sector of activity and target”

Orange Morocco is co-organizing the first edition of the Digital Transformation Forum. Why this choice in the current economic climate?
We are currently organizing this forum because today we realize more than ever that digital transformation represents a real opportunity to develop and ensure resilience and continuity in the face of crises. We’ve seen that very quickly during the pandemic. Today, we are leveraging this recovery to share experiences and best practices with our partners and customers for a successful digital transformation.

I have chosen to put together this first edition about sharing good practices and new opportunities for success. How to support Moroccan companies in their digital transformation?
Orange Morocco supports companies through advice, reflection and understanding of their needs.
We offer them our solutions, support and expertise to meet their needs in a tangible way. Through this forum, we have been inclusive by bringing together all the players in the ecosystem: economic operators, integrators and solution providers, some of whom are our partners, such as Huawei Morocco with whom we have just signed a partnership.

How will this partnership with Huawei affect the digital transformation process at the national level?
Today, two giant companies join forces to implement procedures, programs, and solutions to support customers.
We have signed agreements related to a joint effort in favor of the digital transformation of companies, but also a training program to improve digital skills and increase expertise in the field.
These agreements form the basis for the platform, which will materialize later, particularly with specific support measures
By field, sector of activity and target.

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