CMCS inks major deal to build up SOFCON’s project management capacity
Collaboration, Management and Control Solutions (CMCS) - Saudi Arabia, a leading provider of project portfolio management (PPM) solutions in the MENA region, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with SOFCON Group to offer project management solutions and services to all SOFCON’s projects in the Middle East region. SOFCON is one of the fastest growing multi-disciplined engineering and project management (E&PM) providers in the region.
Under the multi-million Saudi Riyal deal, CMCS will carry out project management maturity assessment, professional project management development, and Oracle Primavera project management software and collaboration software installation, training and implementation, among other key services. SOFCON is enhancing its project management capacity as part of a broader E&PM efficiency buildup in preparation for a projected annual growth rate of 3.5 per cent in the Middle East construction sector. In the Gulf, almost 70 per cent of registered projects are still ongoing, with active civil building developments alone worth over USD 1.3 trillion.
“The Middle East’s engineering and construction industries have remained relatively stable despite the persistence of the global downturn. However, engineering firms cannot just remain complacent, they have to continuously improve their service levels so that they can engage in all types of project opportunities that come their way. Through our advanced PM and PPM solutions we intend to help bring SOFCON at the forefront of the region’s rapidly evolving engineering markets,” said Bassam Samman, CEO and Founder, CMCS.
“When we outlined our goals for our E&PM growth strategy we identified PM as a critical area for expansion. After considering some of the region’s top PM experts we decided that CMCS’s ISO-certified approach to PM solutions was the best fit for our vision. We expect projects to start picking up this year as the engineering and construction sectors accelerate their market corrections. We look forward to serving our target markets in the region through CMCS’s PM capabilities,” added Alaa Fattani, President & CEO, SOFCON Group.
SOFCON offers comprehensive Design, Engineering and Project Management services for the Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Telecommunications, Utilities and Infrastructure sectors. The company’s corporate office is based in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, while its international headquarters is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Some of its prominent clients include Saudi Aramco, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Saudi Electricity Company, Royal Commission and Maaden.
SOFCON is the latest strategic partner of CMCS, which recently became the first project management consultancy in the UAE to receive ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certification, the most widely recognized quality benchmark in the world. Under this strategic partnership agreement, CMCS and SOFCON will offer similar services to other key clients in various sectors in Saudi Arabia.
CMCS provides advanced project and portfolio management (PPM) solutions to over 1,400 clients from various industries ranging from engineering and construction to media and entertainment. It is an authorized Middle East representative of Oracle Primavera’s line of Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Applications, as well as Hard Dollar, Deltek, EcoSys, ADePT, eTimeMachine and Synchro.