Building on the success of its inaugural Big Data forum last year, Saudi Arabian transport and shipping group, Bahri, recently hosted industry leaders and technology experts for the second staging of the annual event in Dubai. The aim of the Big Data forum, which attracted over 200 participants, was to provide industry players with a platform to push forward data-driven advances in the maritime industry.
Ali Al-Harbi, Acting Chief Executive of Bahri, said, “This year’s edition of the Big Data Forum proved to be a remarkable engagement and knowledge-sharing opportunity for industry leaders and executives, allowing us to assess the full potential of big data technologies in the maritime sector. The forum focused on maximising business value for the industry’s long-term growth, and how Big Data is disrupting the transportation and logistics sector.”
The Bahri Big Data Forum kicked off with a welcome address by Mohammed Al-Sarhan, Vice-Chairman of Bahri, and featured presentations by Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL; Dr. Patrick Briest, Computer Scientist at McKinsey & Company; Giovanni Moscatelli, Partner and Managing Director at BCG Middle East; and Anwar Siddiqui, President of Bahri Data, among others. The presentations were followed by two panel group discussions that highlighted the value and challenges of Big Data in shipping and specific Big Data solutions for the shipping industry.
The event also saw some leading technology exhibitors, including Eniram, ABB, DNV GL, Rolls Royce, Saudi Aviation Information Technology Company (SAVIT), among others.