Saudi Arabia's government of IT decision makers named blockchain as one of six technologies they intend to prioritize in 2022 and beyond, according to a survey study. Furthermore, the study found that the overwhelming majority of decision makers agree that Covid-19 has accelerated Saudi Arabia's digital transformation. According to a report by Date Techvibe, which cites the latest Yougov survey, artificial intelligence and machine learning are the technologies that 77% of respondents plan to prioritize. About 65% of respondents said they will prioritize the Internet of Things (IoT), while 51% said they will focus on cloud technology. Predictive analytics (38%), robotic process automation (36%) and blockchain (35%) complete the list of six technologies that IT leaders plan to prioritize starting this year. Regarding the top three priority areas that will be on the agenda of Saudi government organizations, the report states that 67% of respondents listed human capital management, while 61% cited corporate resource planning. About 56% said basic solutions are the priority, while 41% said customer experience and predictive analytics are a priority.
Meanwhile, in his interpretation of the study results, Ahmed Al-Faifi, whose company conducted the survey, said: “The Kingdom's national strategy for data and artificial intelligence is already seeing a ripple effect, with 77% of government IT decision makers prioritizing artificial intelligence and machine learning next year to optimize operations, talent development and citizen experiences. " Al-Faifi, senior vice president of global technology company SAP, added that as Saudi Arabia begins to emerge from the pandemic, the kingdom will continue to play its role in providing "a platform for diverse entrepreneurship in emerging industries."