(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. (www.saic.com)

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. (www.skill-base.com)

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Ms. Layla Smith


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