Archive for April, 2006

Two leading edge companies, SkillBase, a well known, Kuwait based company and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a multinational services US company with deep roots in the oil & gas industry and domain leadership in knowledge management (KM), form partnership to bring the best of breed thinking to the Kuwait Petroleum Sector

The intent and desire of the Kuwait Petroleum Company (KPC) is to embed the learning and reuse of best practices, ulti¬mately enabling performance improvements across the entire organization. The Project was delivered on-time and on-budget successfully meeting its business objectives.

Business Challenge: Finding a proven approach to tailoring and embedding a method¬ology for the effective transfer of best practices across the entire organization.

  • Applying proven project management and best practice transfer methods and following a disciplined approach for effective development and implementation
  • Leveraging and building on relevant learning, practices, and programs that already exist within KPC (and subsidiaries) to accelerate understanding and buy-in
  • Understanding the critical aspects of behavior and culture and tailoring the best practice methodology to fit KPC.
  • Developing competency and ownership in the best practice methodology for repeatable imple¬mentation and sustainable results
  • Using an integrated approach that leverages people, processes and technologies for best practice trans¬fer and aligns key stakeholders in the line and functions to maximize performance and minimize risk.

SkillBase value proposition: The partnership between SkillBase and SAIC is based on leveraging the best knowledge and experience of both companies to deliver the best value and ensure the success of the project. Both companies committed senior officers to be corporate offi¬cers-in-charge (COIC) to ensure the authority necessary for effective project execution and to quickly access any additional resources if the need arises. The COICs were also involved in the quality assurance and quality control of the entire project. Our approach was based on flat lines of authority that allow the program manager sufficient authority to organize and execute assigned responsi¬bilities efficiently and cost-effectively. The approach provided the flexibility necessary for efficient per¬formance of simultaneous tasks.

Quote from KPC Management:
KPC and the K-Companies have delivered remarkable business results to date. But the world and our business is rapidly changing. Our ability to learn quickly from each other is key to our continued growth and success. Sharing and transferring best practices routinely across our work teams and leaders will enable us to do things better, faster and cheaper, without having to spend even more time at work stay ahead in our marketplaces. This is what KPC and our consultants have teamed up to do:  “share and transfer the right things for the right reasons,” making your life easier in the process. “There is always a better way.”

– KPC Management

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(KUWAIT) – The Services Team of SkillBase, a company headquartered in Kuwait and operating across the Arabian Gulf, signed a teaming agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of San Diego, California, USA.

The relationship between the two companies is the first of its kind for SAIC in Kuwait, teaming a local, well-known and respected technology services provider (SkillBase) with the knowledge management capabilities of SAIC.

“SAIC is very excited about working with SkillBase. They share our values, customer focus, enthusiasm for our business, and recognize the benefits of collaborations that result in exceptional delivery,” said Gary Mann, SAIC Senior Vice President and Operation Manager. “SkillBase complements our strengths and brings distinctive experiences and strategies that help meet special service demands within the region.”

“We believe that this alliance will further enhance our mission to determine and solve business challenges by exploiting appropriate technology components”, said Faisal Abdul Rahman, Director of SkillBase. “SkillBase has developed an innovative, flexible and personal approach to providing critical services. Working side by side with SAIC, we expect to double our contributions and efforts in meeting our clients’ needs.”

With over 25 years of sales marketing experience, predominantly with IBM and GBM, Mr. Rahman is also recognized for his extensive experience working with local government, Petroleum, Defense and Financial sectors in the region.

SAIC is home to a successful knowledge management (KM) capability as part of its consulting practice. SAIC’s approach to capturing and reusing knowledge has been refined through successful applications in many Fortune 500 companies and government organizations over the last seven years, and continues to lead the field in innovative KM techniques, providing its customers a competitive edge.

SAIC was named one of 2005 Global and North American Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE). SAIC was selected for the award by a panel of Global Fortune 500™ senior executives and internationally recognized knowledge management and intellectual capital experts.

SAIC is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States, with more than 43,000 employees in over 150 cities worldwide. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2005, the company reported annual revenues of $7.2 billion. SAIC engineers and scientists solve complex technical problems in national security, homeland security, energy, the environment, space, telecommunications, health care, and logistics. (

SkillBase is a leading, trusted, and independent advisor to the business community in the Arabian Gulf. SkillBase provides a full range of business and IT management consulting services, including strategic planning, and business process engineering. (

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