UberEats has launched in Dubai
UberEats is one of the first expansion projects by Uber Technologies, a platform that connects drivers and riders and uses its existing network to deliver meals in minutes, claiming to deliver in 10 minutes or less. It was launched in August 2014 with UberFresh in Santa Monica. It was renamed UberEats in April 2015.
UberEats launched in Dubai on Thursday 29th September and is available seven days a week, and weekend operating hours have been extended from 11pm to 5am. For first time users, a discount code is applied to the order, and delivery is free a limited time after the launch.
Over 100 restaurants across the city are taking part. These include Gustronomy, a boutique catering service offering cocktail parties, weddings, baby showers, engagement parties and birthday parties, as well as corporate events such as business and corporate lunches. Taqado, a Mexican kitchen restaurant. BurgerFuel, a gourmet burger restaurant serving a wide range of burgers, fries, kumara fries, thick shakes and ice cream. Sushi Art, a specialist sushi restaurant, and Pinza, a unique healthy pizza restaurant focused on making specialist healthy dough, which will be making an exclusive Uber Pizza to celebrate the launch of the app. With an average of four new restaurants opening in Dubai every day, it seems the list of companies using UberEats will only get longer.
UberEats is separate to the Uber you use to call taxis; however, you can conveniently use the same log-in for both apps. The UberEats app is straightforward to use; it uses your location to determine which restaurants are available to you, and has the restaurant’s menu built in, allowing you to easily chose your food. There is also a tracker on your order, so you know exactly when it’s on its way. There is also no minimum order, allowing you to order as little, or as much, as you’d like.
In charge expanding Uber and UberEats is Jean-Pierre Aramouni, a businessman with 10 years of experience across strategy, business development and operations with companies such as Uber and Amazon. He has worked in more than 15 countries and can speak French, Arabic and Spanish. At Uber he is charge of the expansion of the brand to new markets and business development initiatives in existing markets.
SAS: Improving the British Army’s decision making with data
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.”