In the wake of COVID-19 coronavirus, Middle East organisations are being called on by industry experts to adopt real-time solutions to re-design supply chains and procurement, travel, health pre-screening, and remote working to maintain business continuity.

Safety and well-being are top priorities as the world manages the deepening effects of the coronavirus. All organisations face unprecedented challenges as the impact on the global economy continues.

Frontline industries of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, research, and public security need to access information, address citizen sentiment, and accelerate reaction time. Retail, banking, education, insurance, and entertainment need to enable digital channels. Wholesale distribution, retail, consumer, and oil and gas need to provide supply chain flexibility, ensure last mile delivery, and access to sources of supply and finance.

For fields directly hit, such as sports, entertainment, travel, transportation, evens, and construction, and for companies experiencing demand spikes, such as telco and gaming, they need to evaluate viability.

“The Middle East continues to be a global leader in the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus, organisations using real-time insights solutions to re-design supply chain, procurement, and travel, pre-screen for health issues, and enhance remote working and staffing,” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, senior vice president and managing director, SAP Middle East North. “At SAP, we are opening access to our technology as to provide insights that can help address global challenges and improve people’s daily lives.”

Supporting Middle East organisations in this time of need, SAP has opened access to SAP Ariba Discovery for real-time procurement between buyers and sellers to maintain the supply chain, and to TripIt Pro from Concur to manage safe and easy travel itineraries in the face of changing travel itineraries.

Qualtrics has launched two new free solutions: the COVID-19 Pre-Screen and Routing, a guided pre-screening questionnaire and information portal, and the Remote Work Pulse, which provides a live barometer for organisations to understand how employees are working from home.