It's not just the countries of the Middle East that have a plan when it comes to digital transformation. Private businesses are also overhauling their systems. One such company is the automotive division of Saudi Arabia's Abdul Latif Jameel Company (ALJC), which has completed one of the biggest SAP projects ever undertaken in the auto sector.
Sweden's Handelsbanken is cutting its branch network by nearly half, which means more money will be invested in IT. But it's not just Sweden and the Nordics – banks across the world are watching the fintech industry demonstrate to consumers what banking can be like if the right technology is in place.
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The Netherlands has for years attracted datacentre investment and has seen major construction projects. Amsterdam alone has 33 datacentres within a radius of 20km. So when the local authority in Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer called an immediate halt to datacentre construction, it was a shock.
It's hardly surprising that the Netherlands is pioneering smart cities. The tech-savvy nation is already planning to have a digital port in Rotterdam with automated ships. Now, according to one Dutch academic, "almost every Dutch municipality is doing something with smart technology".