Sipchem partners with IBM to ensure business continuity amid COVID-19

sipchem ibmSahara International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) has collaborated with IBM Services to virtualise its IT infrastructure, ensuring business continuity amid COVID-19

The pandemic has led governments across the world to impose lockdowns and to mandate people to stay home, disrupting business operations regardless of industry and company size. For Sipchem, COVID-19 related government restrictions in Saudi Arabia required employees to access the company’s IT systems remotely to complete their tasks and meet critical deadlines.

In line with the urgent need to ensure health and safety of the employees, Sipchem is working closely with IBM Services to improve remote access capabilities to the company’s IT systems, applications and resources. 

Sipchem’s entire workforce in Saudi Arabia has the ability to achieve maximum efficiency to conduct business securely and in a remote capacity,” stated the company in a press release.

Saleh Bahamdan, CEO, Sipchem, said, “In such a fast-evolving situation, we also knew that we needed to figure out new ways to continue serving our customers and partners and persevere through the pandemic. As usual, IBM was up for the challenge and met our immediate needs, and as a result, we were able to achieve a smooth transition to remote working.”

Tarek Zarg Al Aioun, country general manager, IBM Saudi Arabia, stated, “In the current circumstances, organisations not only need the ability to operate anywhere but also a partner that can lessen the burden of IT challenges while they are focusing on business critical operations.”

Sipchem and IBM maintain a longstanding relationship in various technology areas. In 2019, Saudi International Petrochemical Company and Sahara Petrochemicals Company completed their merger, worth more than US$4bn, to create Sahara International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem).

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