Saudi data and AI authority recognized for process excellence worldwide

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Saudi data and AI authority recognized for process excellence worldwide
Saudi data and AI authority recognized for process excellence worldwide

“Data is the new oil, and that’s our perception and belief of how much we could make out of data,” said Mishari Al-Mishari, the deputy director of SDAIA

Technology prowess in artificial intelligence and data management of Saudi Arabia has been recognized as a benchmark for process excellence worldwide. Its nodal agency has achieved the highest level of maturity in software development.

By becoming the first agency in the Gulf Cooperation Council to be awarded the CMMI Level 5 certification, the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, represented by the National Information Center, has achieved the most advanced process capability.

CMMI stands for Capability Maturity Model Integration, a process level improvement training and appraisal programme, and Level 5 is the highest level of maturity within the model.

The CMMI Institute evaluated the software development life cycle of the National Information Center and awarded it the highest honour. The CMMI Institute specializes in software engineering.

Formally established in 2012, the CMMI Institute was acquired in 2016 by the global nonprofit organization ISACA, previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

A key agenda of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 is positioning Saudi Arabia as a global leader in advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and software development.

In 2022, Mishari Al-Mishari, the deputy director of SDAIA, said that the agency aims to create a leading data and AI-driven economy and make Saudi Arabia one of the top countries in technology.

“Data is the new oil, and that’s our perception and belief of how much we could make out of data,” said Al-Mishari.

Saudi Arabia could provide the right environment for businesses and economies to maximize the potential of AI, Google’s vice president for global public affairs and public policy, Karan Bhatia, said earlier in May.

“The Kingdom is well-positioned to leverage AI with its young, educated population and a strong commitment to innovation. It is important to establish the right environment, policies, and skills for AI so that people, businesses, and communities in Saudi Arabia can benefit from AI,” said Bhatia.

In April, a report by Stanford University revealed that the Kingdom ranks second globally for societal awareness of artificial intelligence. The survey covered several areas, the most important being the extent of “society’s knowledge of the benefits and value of AI products and services.”

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