Automation Recognition

Aramco recognized for advancements in business automation by prestigious Brandon Hall Group

Company’s “iTask” is able to automate hundreds of Human Resource processes in Southern Area Oil Operations.

Aramco recognized for advancements in business automation by prestigious Brandon Hall Group

The Manpower Development Division (MDD) of Southern Area Oil Operations (SAOO) was recently awarded the 2022 Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management, Bronze Medal Award, for excellence in Future of Work, in the “Best Advance in Business Automation” category. The awards were announced during a live webcast in August 2022.


The Brandon Hall Group is a world-class professional development organization with a large global client base. For more than 30 years, they have been delivering research-based solutions that empower excellence in organizations through providing learning and development professionals, talent executives, and organizations with data, insights, and certification to promote excellence. 


Previous winners of Brandon Hall awards include world famous organizations and companies such as Chevron, British Petroleum, World Bank, Ford Motor Company, Rolls-Royce, Google, Pfizer, IBM, Shell, SAP, Bank of America, and other organizations in Aramco.


The 2022 HCM spring competition accepted entries from corporate learning and development organizations, talent bodies, human capital, and other related businesses for nine different categories, including “Best Advance in Business Automation” under which the MDD “iTask” competed against hundreds of other submissions and won as one of the best five submissions worldwide. 


Award entries and submissions were evaluated by a panel of veterans, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts, and executives based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.


What is iTask?

“iTask” is an in-house Human Resources (HR) system fully developed by SAOO MDD. The system is designed to automate hundreds of HR processes in SAOO, including training, task evaluation, job certification, reporting, notifications, and other vital tasks. The system focuses on Aramco’s needs, utilization of technology, a performance-based dashboard, and management involvement. The system has been adopted by other Aramco organizations outside SAOO. 


“When MDD started iTask as an innovative system in SAOO, we were after reshaping and streamlining the current and future development of our workforce as our greatest asset,” said Abdullah M. Haddad, Business System analyst and one of the key personnel behind this achievement.


“Winning the Brandon Hall Excellence Award is a significant testimony that we are taking the lead in developing and running best-in-class human capital automation that supports learning, training, certification, and overall development of our workforce. This award doesn’t only reflect our dedication to enhancing the future of work at MDD as a division; it also reflects the positive environment we enjoy at SAOO, and the vision of Aramco that boosts digital transformation, innovation, and creativity,” said Abdullatif M. Odail, SAOO superintendent of HR Development. 


“Motivated by this wonderful achievement, we aspire and strive to win more national and international awards and accreditations in the future,” added Odail. 


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