Abu Dhabi / Emirates Business
With the UAE joining other global governments in harnessing innovation and data to provide effective decision-making capabilities, the 2nd SAS Government Innovation Summit 2016 successfully concluded and received an overwhelming response from domestic government entities.
Organized by SAS, the leader in analytics, the 2nd SAS Government Innovation Summit was held under the banner of Data Driven Policy Development for UAE Government Agencies, with sessions specifically geared to highlight the latest data analysis and big data trends.
Collecting several policymakers, data science thought-leaders and key stakeholders from leading UAE government organizations, the
Innovation Summit showcased breakthroughs in data-driven technologies that allow domestic government entities to hone strategies to improve efficiency and
drive economic success across
â€œGiven the massive amount of revenue and data created and accumulated over the past two years, its impact has transformed business processes and the way government agencies work. As new services and initiatives are adopted, policies play a critical role in better governance, ensuring that government data is employed towards improving citizen well-being, security and socio-economic conditions,â€ said Shukri Dabaghi, Regional Director for the Middle East and Francophone Africa at SAS.
Among the speakers at the summit were Maisoun Badr Al Ali, Head of Research & Statistics, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, who talked about the importance of Sports Data Analysis for Government Policy Decisions, and Badria Abdulla Obaid, Executive Director of Data Sector at the Statistics Center-Abu Dhabi (SCAD), who discussed using Statistics as an Innovative Approach for Data Driven Policy.
Tamara Dull, Director of Emerging Technologies at SAS also showcased a Non-Geekâ€™s Big Data Cheat Sheet at the event.
The summit also highlighted key big data and analytics milestones achieved by local government organizations including Harnessing the Wealth of Global Trade Data to Drive Strategic Decision Making by Saptarshi Bandopadhyay, Manager – Business Planning, Dubai Ports World (DP World); Monetization of Data â€“ Health Industry perspective by Dr. Omar Najm, Senior Advisor, Health Authority in Abu Dhabi; among others