May 18, 2020

New TRYANO concept store will open in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, in October

Abu Dhabi
Retail
Chalhoub
Tryano
John O'Hanlon
2 min
New TRYANO concept store will open in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, in October

Tryano, developed by Chalhoub Group, will become an anchor store in the new Yas Mall at Abu Dhabi and will cater for local customers, in addition to all the tourists visiting the island or in transit.

Launched in November 2014 by Aldar, Yas Mall will be home to this 20,000 square metre shopping paradise, which will host the widest variety of beauty, handbags, accessories, and childrens products in the UAE. The space will also house a brand new Parisian restaurant concept called Patisserie des Reves, a spa for women and children, and will include concierge services, personal shopping, valet parking and free delivery within the capital.

Tryano is designed to make shopping entertaining. The core values of the store, Alive, Entertaining, Specialised and Remarkable, have been embedded into the store design.

Tryano is being created to be a complete sensorial experience. The overarching theme is one of a beautiful garden: the seasons take centre stage, acting as host to each of the store product categories which are laid over three floors. Set to become a concept store and an iconic retail destination, the innovative interior store design by London based retail architects HMKM promises to be an entertaining environment and a visual surprise, with new to the region display techniques and some world exclusives in terms of retail design.

The Childrens floor will include an interactive, educational and fully supervised play zone making shopping easier for parents. The store will include clothing, shoes, accessories and toys, with a focus on children aged 3-13 years.

In addition, the ground floor will be dedicated to some of the most exclusive fragrances, skincare and international handbag brands. It will sit alongside some of the exciting new designers in the region providing an unparalleled retail experience for all.

We are excited about the opening of Tryano, a new concept store answering once again the demands and expectations of our consumers and filling a gap in the market with choice, width and depth. Since our inception in 1955, we have put the customer at the centre and therefore we decided to create a retail space highlighting our expertise in different categories focusing on customer service and offering our guests an exceptional retail experience, said Patrick Chalhoub, co-CEO of the Chalhoub Group.

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Jun 16, 2021

SAS: Improving the British Army’s decision making with data

SAS
British Army
3 min
Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM, explains the important role that SAS is playing in the British Army’s digital transformation

SAS’ long-standing relationship with the British Army is built on mutual respect and grounded by a reciprocal understanding of each others’ capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM for SAS UKI, states that the company’s thorough grasp of the defence sector makes it an ideal partner for the Army as it undergoes its own digital transformation. 

“Major General Jon Cole told us that he wanted to enable better, faster decision-making in order to improve operational efficiency,” he explains. Therefore, SAS’ task was to help the British Army realise the “significant potential” of data through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tasks and conduct complex analysis.

In 2020, the Army invested in the SAS ‘Viya platform’ as an overture to embarking on its new digital roadmap. The goal was to deliver a new way of working that enabled agility, flexibility, faster deployment, and reduced risk and cost: “SAS put a commercial framework in place to free the Army of limits in terms of their access to our tech capabilities.”

Doing so was important not just in terms of facilitating faster innovation but also, in Crawford’s words, to “connect the unconnected.” This means structuring data in a simultaneously secure and accessible manner for all skill levels, from analysts to data engineers and military commanders. The result is that analytics and decision-making that drives innovation and increases collaboration.

Crawford also highlights the importance of the SAS platform’s open nature, “General Cole was very clear that the Army wanted a way to work with other data and analytics tools such as Python. We allow them to do that, but with improved governance and faster delivery capabilities.”

SAS realises that collaboration is at the heart of a strong partnership and has been closely developing a long-term roadmap with the Army. “Although we're separate organisations, we come together to work effectively as one,” says Crawford. “Companies usually find it very easy to partner with SAS because we're a very open, honest, and people-based business by nature.”

With digital technology itself changing with great regularity, it’s safe to imagine that SAS’ own relationship with the Army will become even closer and more diverse. As SAS assists it in enhancing its operational readiness and providing its commanders with a secure view of key data points, Crawford is certain that the company will have a continually valuable role to play.

“As warfare moves into what we might call ‘the grey-zone’, the need to understand, decide, and act on complex information streams and diverse sources has never been more important. AI, computer vision and natural language processing are technologies that we hope to exploit over the next three to five years in conjunction with the Army.”

Fundamentally, data analytics is a tool for gaining valuable insights and expediting the delivery of outcomes. The goal of the two parties’ partnership, concludes Crawford, will be to reach the point where both access to data and decision-making can be performed qualitatively and in real-time.

“SAS is absolutely delighted to have this relationship with the British Army, and across the MOD. It’s a great privilege to be part of the armed forces covenant.”

 

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