• Implementation of Microsoft EPM Solution for Supreme Council for Women
    IDEAS, an emerging player in the high end IT consulting space, signed the prestigious contract to provide the technical solution for the implementation of the Microsoft Enterprise Project Solution (EPM) for the Supreme Council for Women. The procurement of this contract is yet another landmark for IDEAS in their fast growing portfolio of prestigious and high end IT solution implementation. The EPM solution from Microsoft is a comprehensive family of tools that will support project managers in planning, managing and controlling projects, programs and project portfolios. Mr. Jaleel Al Sharaf, CEO of IDEAS, stated. “Microsoft EPM Solution will enable the Council to achieve fast and accurate communication across the organization, facilitate collaboration between team members from various departments and aid in the management and governance of all projects the Council is engaged in”. Mrs. Aysha Al Zayani, Head of IT, Supreme Council for Women, said “The key impact the Council expects from this implementation is that it will enable us to manage and monitor the various projects the Council is engaged in, effectively, establish better standards and best practices, centrally manage resources based on skills and availability, and above all, enable effective communication and collaboration within project teams”. Mr. Jaleel Sharaf of IDEAS added that the Microsoft Enterprise Project Solution architecture provides the flexibility and security to share data with other systems, customize the solution to align with the business processes in the Ministry and scale up as the business requirements grow.
  • Developed by Ideas Nuwab Website wins e-Government Excellence Awards for Arab Parliament Website Category
    ideas - Manama,12/08/2014

    Bahrain Council of Representatives Website (www.nuwab.gov.bh) is honored with e-Government Excellence Awards (The Golden Shield for Structural Creativity), on the sidelines of a Honoring Ceremony held on this occasion, to confer honor upon the winners of e-Government Excellence Awards in the Arab Region, in Dubai, UAE, on June 3, 2014.

    The ceremony was attended by H.E Mr. Pierre Moukarzel, President of the Pan Arab Excellence Awards Academy, H.E Dr. Dr. Mohammed Essa Al Adwan; Ambassador of the Arabian Cooperation Affairs at the Arab Organization for Social Responsibility, H.E Mr. Jamal Jassim Zowayed, Parliament Acting Secretary-General, in addition to representatives of official diplomatic corps, and a number of top government, leadership and administrative personages at the Arab region level.

    Mr. Zowayed pointed out that Bahrain Council of Representatives Website includes various e-services that targeting all categories; its design is characterized by simplicity, which facilitates the access and browsing process, in addition to activating channels for communication with the public through the official page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and updating it with the most recent news and services.

    The website; designed and developed by "Ideas IT", publish all details of sessions held in the Council and classified in order by the Legislative Term and Session. In addition, the website also highlights all the MPs, their respective CVs, electoral programs, in addition to miscellaneous news on the Council.

    The website also provides live broadcasting service for sessions of the Council of Representatives, and the option to subscribe to instant message feature from the Council, in addition to search option through the website's information.

    This annual award aims at honoring the best web pages that are designed in accordance with international standards for e-government websites, noting that selecting the winning websites is undertaken by a Committee comprising Arab and regional experts and technicians based on basic standards; e.g. innovative aspect, easy use, website structure and interaction with it.

  • Over 12 Specialized Job Vacancies Offered by ideas Holding for Bahraini Jobseekers
    ideas - Manama,07/02/2013

    Emphasizing its commitment towards employing and developing the national workforce, ideas Holding Group, Bahrain, had actively participated in the Tenth Job Expo organized by the Ministry of Labour of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 5-7 February, 2013.

    More than 12 specialized job vacancies were offered by ideas for the jobseekers, covering fields and specialties. These include: IT Developers, Marketing Specialists, Sales Executives, Graphics Designers, and Registrars.

    Additionally, inma Training and Development Center, a subsidiary of ideas Holding Group presented more than 30 professional certification training programs including PMI International Certification Exam Preparation Workshops, which are fully subsidized by the Labour Fund (Tamkeen) for all eligible Bahrainis, and a range of professional certification programs in business, marketing, supply chain management, human resource management, economic and financial studies, and other fields, that are accredited by Asia eUniversity, Malaysia.

    While visiting ideas Holding's stand and the exhibition, The Minister of Labour, H.E. Jameel Humaidan, has acknowledged the remarkable efforts and contribution of the Group in recruiting and developing the national workforce, and praised the several initiative it made towards supporting jobseekers and fresh graduates. "It is not new for ideas to be an active contributor in supporting our national workforce as its cooperation with the Ministry had been obvious throughout the years" The Minister said.

    Briefing H.E. The Minister of Labour and H.E. The Governor of the Northern Governorate, Ali Al Asfoor, who was accompanying the Minister, Dr. Nader Al Mallah, Managing Director of ideas Holding Group, has emphasized the fact that ideas Holding is very proud of its many initiatives and Bahranization policy that always gives the priority to Bahrainis to fulfill any job opportunity at any of the Gorup's subsidiaries. "It's not a claim but a fact that ideas Holding is maintaining a 100% Bahranization with a high retention rate of its workforce". Al Mallah said.

    On closing of the Expo, ideas Holding has received more than 350 job applications in total covering all job openings it offered. "All received applications will be processed during the coming week and eligible candidates will be call for a job interview during the next week", said Jaleel Al Sharaf, CE & Chairman of ideas Holding. "A quick screening of the received job applications shows very strong potentials to join ideas, and we will certainly be glad to welcome them as members of our ideas family", Al Sharaf added.

    * View more pictures from this event at ideas Media Center.

  • inma Training & Development Center is now Officially Open

    ideas Holding Group, Bahrain, announced on Thursday (25 December 2012) the official opening of its professional adult learning center; inma Training and Development Center (inma TDC), at Reef Mall, Sadad.

    The new training center specializes in providing vocational training programs for adults looking to build professional careers in a variety of professions including management, media and marketing, information technology, banking and finance, language skills, and self development.

    Over an area of more than 1000 square meters, at the Reef Mall, in the Western Region of Bahrain, inma Training and Development Center offers state of the art lecture rooms, computer labs, and a testing center that has been designed in accordance with the international standards for worldwide testing centers. The total capacity of the new center is over 140 learners at a given time.

    Describing the facilities of inma TDC, Dr. Nader Al Mallah, Managing Director of ideas Holding Group, and the inma General Manager, said: "we've carefully designed inma TDC to provide an ideal learning environment for adults. All lecture halls are fitted with the latest classroom accessories and education equipment that utilize the latest learning technologies including interactive smart boards especially designed to suit today's learning requirements, advanced computer labs and network that enable the deliverance of a wide range of advanced ICT courses, syndicate room to fit the purposes of group work and other interactive learning activities, testing and resource center designed to accommodate the standards of worldwide accreditation bodies and testing centers".

    Additionally, inma TDC provides a wide foyer and entrance hall (around 250 square meters) that is large enough to enjoy breaks and social gathering during non-study hours, and a vast amount of car parking spaces within the court of Reef Mall. "Adding to the facilities provided by our training center, customers can always enjoy the facilities of Reef Mall, where inma TDC is located, which include male and female prayer rooms, a modern food court with variety of fast food choices, retail shops, a large supermarket, an open kids playground, an indoor gaming center with Billiard zone for adults, and many others." said Dr. Al Mallah.

    Learners at inma TDC will enjoy a new experience in lifelong learning using the online, comprehensive training management system that was designed and developed by ideas Holding, the mother company of inma. Citing this experience, Jaleel Sharaf, Chairman & CEO of ideas Holding stated that "the system we've developed for inma transforms all transactions and administrative work to electronic form and involves ZERO use of papers and manual processing, starting from the online registration, both for individuals and organizations, moving through enrollment and course management, to automated certificate generation and quality control management."

    To ensure adding a unique value to its programs and provide learners with the opportunity for future development and academic enhancement, inma TDC has become an Authorized and Accredited Training Center of Asia eUniversity that is well recognized and accredited in more than 30 countries in Asia, in addition to the United States and Europe, and the National Federation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NFNLP), USA, to deliver the full scale of internationally recognized NLP Programs.

    "It's always been our vision to have a comprehensive professional training facility that reflects the dynamics of who we are and what we do." said Sharaf. "We will continue to provide our customers with the state of the art training offerings and programs in order to ensure the highest value and return" Sharaf added.

    With this announcement, individuals and organizations can now create their FREE Account at inma TDC by completing the registration form in the official website www.inma.bh.

  • CIBAFI Partners ideas Holding
    ideas - Manama,23/01/2011
    CIBAFI and ideas Holding to enter a Long Term Strategic Partnership

    According to a convention (No. SPC/01/2011) signed on the January 23rd, 2011, The General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), whose Headquarter is in Manama, and ideas Holding Group, a Bahraini Holding Group providing total business solutions, has entered a long term strategic partnership.

    Within the last two decades, the Islamic Finance Industry has witnessed a lot of quantitative and qualitative developments, which necessitated the emergence of supportive institutions for the industry so as to highlight the cultural aspects of Muslims in the field of economics. CIBAFI was established then to support the industry through awareness creation and training, holding conferences, seminars and forums and providing the necessary information, as well as to protect the industry so as to avoid, as much as possible, the obstacles and deviations in the course of the Islamic finance industry.

    Due to the essential differences between the Islamic and Conventional finance industry, CIBAFI works towards achieving the objectives of Islamic economics and introducing the economic concepts and meanings in Islamic financial transactions which are contrary to the conventional financial thought that claims neutrality in the perceptions and economic applications in terms of religion and ethics.

    While the industry grows, IT solutions that fulfill the industry needs found to be slow moving, leading to pull back of the growth and an increase in operational cost.

    To rectify this situation and provide the necessary tools for the industry to keep its growth and spread, CIBAFI decided to enter in a long-term strategic partnership with a reliable information technology partner who's capable of providing innovative solutions that utilizes the latest technology platforms and capabilities to foster this emerging industry. After a thorough study of the regional market, ideas Holding Group has been selected for this mission, and a 10 years convention has been signed between both parties on the 23rd of January 2011.

    As per this convention, both CIBAFI and ideas Holding work together to develop a range of technology based services and products targeted to the emerging Islamic Financial sector and institutions. These solutions shall help in creating a proper awareness of Islamic Finance concepts, introduce the various Islamic concepts and products to the world of finance, provide up to date information and guidance to the Islamic Financial institutions, provide high-tech solutions that suit the nature of Islamic financial transactions, and provide the necessary IT and Business Support to the Council and member organizations.

    According to ideas Holding's CEO, Jaleel Sharaf, the first project to start with is the development of an innovative, comprehensive, and highly dynamic specialized web portal for the Council that shall enable it to provide all of its services, information and products under a single roof. "The portal will include a centralized electronic library that can be quickly and easily accessed by all subscribers using their computers and mobile devices including mobile phones, tablets, and other sort of devices." said Sharaf. "This is in addition to the Islamic financial information center, online membership management system, utility apps, and other products that will be developed gradually according to the agreed plan", he added.

    Commenting on this strategic step, CIBAFI's Secretary General, Dr. Ezzedine Khoja, said: "The industry of Islamic finance is rapidly growing and has proved its ability to stand economic crises as we all witnessed during the recent economical rescission that severely affected the financial sector around the globe. This makes us, being the only organization that contains all Islamic financial institutions and banks all around the world, to focus more on investing in technology and encourage Islamic financial institutions to adopt today's technology in order to solidify this industry's base and foster its growth". For this to happen, according to Dr. Khoja, CIBAFI needs a technology partner whom it can work with and rely on in building the bridge on which the industry can pass to the other end. "We are certain that ideas Holding Group, with its market experience and professional expertise, both in technology and business, is a partner that we can rely on." Dr. Khoja added.


    CIBAFI was founded in 1999, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2001, an agreement between CIBAFI and the Government of Bahrain has been made where the Kingdom hosts the Council's Head Quarter and provides all the necessary support to enable its activities and contributions; Royal Decree No. 23 of 2001.


    ideas Holding Group:
    A market leader Bahraini Holding Company, established in 2003, to provide the local and regional markets with total business solutions through its specialized subsidiaries: ideas Information Technology, itcan Consultancy and PR, injaz Construction & Design, iLaw Legal Services, inma Training and Education, and ihsan Community Support.


  • itcan wins the "Best Identity Design"
    ideas - Manama,16/01/2011
    Itcan wins the Arab Centre for eContent Development Logo Design Competition

    A new achievement for ideas Holding Group has just been made by winning The Arab Centre for eContent Development Award for the best identity design. In its official announcement of the winner, the Arab Centre said: "After careful review, the Logo Competition Committee is pleased to announce that the winning design was submitted by itcan Consultancy and Public Relations W.L.L. The winning logo creates a unique brand identity for the Centre and reflects our focus and commitment to the advancement of Arabic e-content".

    itcan Consultancy and PR, a member of ideas Holding Group, participated in this contest that was announced by the Center early January 2011, by submitting a unique, genuine logo and identity that reflects the core business of the Centre. The logo symbol in itcan's design has been derived from the Arabic letter (A: pronounced as Ain), which faces the letter "e" set for English e-content. The logo symbol was accompanied with a full set of applications covering all stationary items, website, mobile, car, etc. to provide a full imagery look the proposed identity.