Raymond is in his current assignment Program manager digital transformation at M.H. Alshaya Co., Kuwait/India. M.H. Alshaya Co. (Alshaya) is a multinational retail franchise operator that is headquartered in Kuwait, and operates more than 90 consumer retail brands across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe. The company currently operates more than 4,000 stores in seven sectors – Fashion & Footwear, Health & Beauty, Food, Optics, Pharmacy, Home Furnishings and Leisure & Entertainment – and employs more than 53,000 people.
The transformation includes professionalizing the infrastructure operational and support team in India, business continuity and developing a datacenter and cloud strategy. The current 8 datacenters in 6 countries are being consolidated (simplify phase) into two “new” datacenters and a cloud environment. Replatforming and life cycle management is introduced to standardize the application environment (standardization phase). We started with building the new datacenter.