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Dubal honoured with ACN awards.

DUBAI Aluminium (Dubal) walked away with two prizes at the annual Arabian Computer News (ACN) Arab Technology Awards, one for the best energy and industry implementation and the other for the chief information officer of the year, granted to Ahmad M Almulla, its vice president for IT. Dubal said the awards reflected its commitment to excellence and its strength of leadership. The state-owned corporation operates the world's largest aluminium smelter using pre-bake anode technology. The annual ACN Awards, which recognise outstanding work carried out in the Middle East information technology enterprise sector, are considered prestigious in the region and this year's prize distribution event was attended by more than 300 leading technology professionals. Dubal won the ACN Energy & Industry Implementation of the Year Award in recognition of its successful Product Unit Costing (PUC) project and it was its third such award, having previously won the ACN Manufacturing Implementation of the Year Award in 2007 and the ACN Manufacturing and Construction Implementation of the Year Award in 2008. The in-house developed PUC solution uses SAP Process Integration technology to integrate complex production data from Dubal's manufacturing execution and casthouse management systems with the company's ERP system (SAP) on a near real-time basis. At the same time, native integration between the production planning, materials management and finance modules in SAP allows online, automated reconciliation of operational quantity flows and cost accounting. The operational and cost data material is then extracted from SAP to Dubal's Business Information Warehouse, where SAP Business Objects functionality is leveraged to present structured cost information in a flexible reporting output -- including detailed period and trend analysis of the actual conversion cost, plan conversion cost and variances in the production of the finished product. Moreover, costs and variances can be displayed in diverse combinations of key characteristics such as alloy code, shape code, work centre, furnace and product hierarchy; and simulation options allow 'what-if' analysis of various scenarios. "The PUC solution has demonstrated business benefits and created value for the company. By eliminating manual inputs, for example, reliability and accuracy has improved. Being an automated process, the PUC solution generates selected report outputs almost immediately compared to the previous fixed reports taking up to two days to prepare," said a Dubal statement. It added that integration of the various data sources also insured greater transparency and provided a standardised reporting platform that the company can now roll-out to all production areas across the organisation.

Kalban: excellent standards achieved

AWARD FOR ALMULLA Almulla received the ACN CIO of the Year Award for excellence and the leadership traits he demonstrates, the tangible business benefits he delivers to Dubal, and his instrumental role in the formation of the Dubai Quality Group's the CIO Arabia Subgroup -- of which he is also the chairman. Launched in 2011, the CIO Arabia Subgroup provides a forum for senior IT decision-makers to network, share knowledge and expertise, develop partnerships, and nurture a culture of learning and encourage organisational growth in the region through the efficient use of information technology. No stranger to the winner's podium, Almulla previously won the CIO20 ME Award in 2008 and 2010; the CIO Top 10 ME Award in 2009 and the CIO50 ME Award in 2011. Under his leadership, Dubal has won the ACN energy and industry implementation award mentioned earlier as well as the IT Governance Assurance Forum (ITGAF) Award in 2006 and 2008; the US-based Excellence in Information Integrity Awards (Gold) in 2008; the US-based Oracle BI/EPM Excellence Award in 2009; the CNME Editor's Choice Award in 2010; the ACN IT Manager of the Year Award in 2010 and the Security Strategist Editor's Choice Award for 2011. Commenting on Dubal's success at this year's ACN Awards, Abdulla Kalban, president and CEO, said: "Our IT department plays a key role as a strategic partner and business enabler. The department contributes significantly to the optimisation of our company's business processes by automating these processes, improving customer service and enhancing the quality of our products. The ACN Awards and other accolades presented to Dubal are testament to the excellent standards achieved and sustained by the department, guided by the exceptional leadership of Almulla and his core management team."

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