Milaha, Qatar’s leading force in maritime and logistics, yesterday partnered with Microsoft to build a smart logistics platform using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) elements from Microsoft’s Azure cloud ecosystem.
The collaboration will enable Milaha to better engage customers, empower employees, optimise operations and reinvent business models through digital transformation.
Both companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during Qitcom 2019, Qatar’s premier technology trade show, currently underway at the QNCC.
“We have always aimed to synchronise our offerings of logistics, port services, repairs and shipping agency services for a simpler, more efficient and more value-adding supply chain. Microsoft’s Azure PaaS, specifically IoT and AI, was the most obvious path to future-proofing our ability to adapt to our clients’ needs,” said Abdulrahman Essa al-Mannai, president and chief executive, Milaha.
The partnership with Microsoft will enable Milaha to digitally transform its operations and build a smart logistics layer that delivers boundless efficiencies and sustain the mission of being the partner of choice in Qatar and beyond, he said.
Milaha had previously adopted Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services to migrate its technology stack to the Microsoft intelligent cloud.
With the new partnership announced, Milaha and Microsoft will team up to focus on the design, implementation and deployment of systems that will enable smart logistics and connected operations through Azure AI and IoT services, thereby enabling data driven insights, reducing operating costs and further increasing efficiency.
“Milaha has taken a leap forward today in its digital transformation journey by harnessing the power of the Microsoft intelligent cloud,” said Lana Khalaf, country manager, Microsoft
Qatar Azure.
The IoT and AI capabilities would empower the company to build a smart logistics platform that is right for them – a catalyst for transforming its operations that will enable Milaha to achieve more, the Microsoft
official said.