CMCS+AUB Announce the 6th Cohort of the Project Management Diploma

The American University of Beirut through its Continuing Education Center (AUB-CEC) in partnership with CMCS are glad to announce the 6th Cohort of the Project Management Postgraduate Diploma (PMD) that is due to start on March 2015 in Lebanon.

Within 2 years of launching the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, it has surpassed expectations of the number of cohorts open as the demand exceeded the initial expectations. For that matter, a 7th Cohort is planned to start before the end of 2015 in Lebanon and the 1st Cohort in UAE is planned to start this April through the Higher Colleges of Technology through their Centre for Excellence for Applied Research & Training (HCT-CERT).

60+ participants went through the PMD program so far with some of them continuing their EMBA in Project & Program Management and DBA at SKEMA University in France through a collaboration between CMCS and SKEMA.

For more information and inquiries, contact CMCS at info@CMCS-MENA.com

Construction starts on US$150M Bahrain Heart Center

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has started construction of the AED550.95m ($149.9m) Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Specialist Heart Center in the Awali area, Bahrain.  The funding of the project comes under a grant pledged by the UAE to Bahrain in 2013 within the framework of the development of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) program. 

The scheme, which is managed by the ADFD on behalf of the UAE government to meet the growing demand for specialist heart centers, includes the construction of an integrated advanced centre for diseases and heart surgeries, and other medical services. Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of the ADFD, said: “The financing of this important and integrated center for diseases and heart surgeries, reflects keenness of the UAE on playing effective role in sustainable development in Bahrain through provision of better health services to citizens there.” He added that the project represents a “quantum shift” in diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases.  When completed the capacity of the heart center will be 150 beds. 

The ADFD manages the 10-year grant worth AED9.19bn (US$2.5bn), submitted by the UAE to Bahrain in 2013, within the framework of the GCC development program. The grant also targets vital and key sectors in Bahrain, including housing, water, health, and transport.

Project Management For NGO, May 27-28, 2015, Dubai

For the first time in the UAE, CMCS will offer Project Management For Non Government Organizations course which is designed to effectively train and provide key tools and techniques for people involved in project management in Non Government Organizations (NGOs). It covers the basics of project management in alignment with PMI’s standards as well as topics like the Logical Framework Approach, mapping between PMI’s terminology and the common terminology among NGOs, and developing a project idea into a full project plan. The course will be held in Dubai on May 27-28, 2015.

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to

  • Differentiate the types and categories of NGOs
  • Understand the difference between NGO projects and private sector projects
  • Use tools and techniques of project management in NGOs
  • Link between the Knowledge Areas in the PMBOK 5th Edition and NGO’s terminology
  • Develop a project idea into a full project management plan
  • Develop a Logical Framework Matrix
  • Draft a Project Budget and Schedule
  • Prepare a Project Charter (Project Concept Paper)
  • Identify Key Stakeholders of their Projects & Know How to Engage Them
  • Do a Proper Project Closure and After Action Review (Project’s Lessons Learned)

For details on how to attend this special course, please contact CMCS at training@cmcs-mena.com

MENA Region to Invest US$755B in Energy Projects

Countries and companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are set to spend US$755B on energy projects over the next four years, according to a new report. The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) said its forecast was only slightly down on its 2014-2018 prediction that US$760B would be spent on projects.

The economic commentary said 31% of the total will be spent on oil projects, while 27% will be used for gas programs.  The remaining investment will be pushed towards power generation, as MENA states struggle to keep up with demand for electricity. Unsurprisingly, Saudi Arabia will invest the most money in energy projects over the last four years, with the Kingdom set to outlay around US$127B. However, this represents a fall from previous estimates, in part caused by the completion of a number of existing projects in the country, and the drive by Saudi Aramco to cut capital costs by 20%. The United Arab Emirates will also spend significant funds on projects, with US$116B to be spent. Iraq and Iran are predicted to spend US$80B and US$70B respectively on energy projects. 

The news comes despite a round of job cuts announced by US-based oil and gas services giant Halliburton. The company on Wednesday announced that it was to slash 6400 staff in a round of job cuts but didn’t announce where those cuts would be made.

Audiit Business Solutions Announces Partnership with CMCS

Markham, Ontario Canada July 16, 2014 – Audiit Business Solutions Corp. is pleased to announce partnership with CMCS’ head office located in Dubai. CMCS is an Oracle Partner and has a proven track record for successfully implementing Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Oracle Primavera Contract Management software. The partnership will provide Audiit Business Solutions Corp.’s clients with CMCS’ highly credited project management experts who are based in 15 locations (in the Middle East Region). This notably anticipated partnership will merge the skillfulness of Audiit Business Solutions Corp. and of CMCS in providing CMCS’ clients with the best knowledge and unsurpassed service level for Audit Trail for Oracle Primavera EPPM – a highly configurable monitoring tool that empowers companies to track changes on specified business objects in Oracle Enterprise Project Portfolio Management suite with the required level of details. “We here at Audiit Business Solutions Corp. are energized about our joint venture with CMCS and we are looking forward to working closely with CMCS to build a long-term partnership. Audiit Business Solutions Corp. recognizes the utmost professionalism and in-depth knowledge CMCS consistently provides to their clients in the area of EPPM. We are confident CMCS will successfully represent Audit Trail to their wide range of clients.” – Tara Donnelly International Sales and Marketing Manager.

About Audit Trail for Oracle EPPM/PPM

Audit Trail (AT) for Oracle Primavera EPPM enables businesses to turn Oracle Primavera EPPM/PPM into a fully auditable product with minimum effort while providing an indispensable source of data for a quickly growing number of business applications including, but not limited to Project Health Check, Critical Changes Monitoring, Regulatory Compliance, Claims Resolution, License Use Monitoring and Procurement Planning, Business Intelligence Support, Risk Analysis Support, Knowledge Base and Best Practices Repository Support. Auditability is no longer required for regulatory compliance only, it has become a business need that supports diverse business processes and helps in achieving a wide range of business goals.

Audit Trail (AT) keeps track of changes on specified Oracle Primavera business objects, recording previous and new values up to a required level of detail. All of the records are data stamped and are accompanied by user information such as user id, user session, application used at the time when the changes were introduced; and much more. Audit Trail is highly configurable and it meets every company’s needs: from staying focused on specific Oracle Primavera elements to monitoring changes on all business objects with unprecedented level of detail. The system provides easy access to all the monitoring information via reporting and analysis tools.

 About CMCS

CMCS provides fully integrated, 360°, sustainable, quality Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions helping clients across all industries to identify, prioritize, select and deliver all projects right, the first time.

Over the past 30 years, CMCS has served more than 2,500 clients in 40 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas attaining more than 55 performance achievement awards. Just in the past ten years, CMCS has completed more than 3,550 project assignments and delivered more than 5,000 days of professional project management training courses for the public.

About Audiit Business Solutions Corp.

With the corporate data volumes constantly growing and the number of users provided with access to the critical business information increasing exponentially every year, it has become essential for the information to be protected from an accidental loss or alteration. At audiit we are taking up the challenge by providing business oriented auditing solutions for corporate software systems with Audit Trail for Oracle Primavera EPPM being the first product that provides a unique value added to all of the businesses relying on Oracle Primavera EPPM as their corporate project management system.
Founded by professionals with twenty to over fifty years of experience in Business Consulting and Software Solutions Architecture and Development,  audiit  delivers that expertise to its clients through innovative auditing solutions for corporate software systems. The founders have an extensive knowledge of the auditing requirements in a range of industries and across multiple disciplines with decades of expertise in Project Management alone.