Aramco and Cognite launch a new tech JV CNTXT

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Aramco and Cognite, an industrial software provider have launched a new venture CNTXT based in Saudi Arabia. The Riyadh-headquartered joint tech venture CNTXT will support industrial digitalisation in the Kingdom and the wider MENA region.

CNTXT will provide digital transformation services and solutions to help companies in the public and private sectors future-proof their data infrastructure, increase revenue, cut costs, and reduce risks while enhancing operational sustainability and security.

CNTXT is Google Cloud’s reseller for cloud solutions in the Kingdom and the exclusive reseller of Cognite Data Fusion in the MENA region.

Google Cloud is expected to launch a “Centre of Excellence” later this year to provide training to developers and business leaders on how to use cloud technologies.

Abdullah Jarwan was named CEO of CNTXT along with a management team of local and international talent to lead the business. CNTXT plans to significantly grow the team this year and it hopes of becoming the top tech employer in the Kingdom.

“The untapped potential in the digital transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the greater Middle East is enormous. With Google Cloud and Cognite offerings in our portfolio, we can help the public and private sectors innovate faster, scale AI-driven solutions, and turn data into value,” said Abdullah Jarwan, CEO of CNTXT.

The new joint tech venture CNTXT is based on strong ties between Aramco and Cognite owned by Aker ASA.

Aker ASA is a majority stake owner in Cognite. The partnership began in 2019 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop synergies and share knowledge on industrial digitalisation and sustainability initiatives.

“CNTXT brings together industrial legacy, unmatched technology, and a truly talented team that will aid in the digitalisation of the public and private sectors in the Kingdom. CNTXT will be an important catalyst of digitalisation of the Kingdom,” said Ahmad A. Al-Sa’adi, SVP – Technical Services, Aramco.

“CNTXT will be an important vehicle for driving profitability and sustainability of the Kingdom’s industries through innovative use of technology. I look forward to seeing the company accelerate the digital transformation of the most important sectors in the region,” said Øyvind Eriksen, President – Aker ASA and Chair of the Cognite Board of Directors.

“With CNTXT as Google Cloud’s reseller in the Kingdom, we will be leveraging the latest technologies and decades of expertise to help businesses grow and develop safely and securely,” commented Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, MD – Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Google Cloud.

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