As part of the Professional Development Committee program in the Computing and Informatics Department, the committee arranged for an industrial visit to Ahli Bank. The visit was scheduled on the 4th of December 2019.
The visit targeted IT major students, who would most benefit from exposure to real life examples of data centers and how IT is managed in large corporations. Also, for the students to find inspiration that may guide their future career aspirations.
The visiting team was led by the Committee members, Mrs. Rowaidah Al Abdullah and Mr. Mohammed Arshad, and consisted of 19 students.
The visiting party was greeted by Mr. Ahmed Al Busaidi, senior application specialist, who gave us a brief tour of the bank. Following the tour, we were escorted to the IT Department where Mr. Yaqoub Amer, head of Infrastructure and Network Department, divided the party into 3 groups, and gave them tours within the data center, and showed them how networks are setup in the bank and the types of servers used and how backups are done and managed as well as briefly explaining the security measures applied.
The students were offered a chance to ask questions and present observations and inquiries from the highly technical experts that were present at the tour.
Mrs. Rowaidah gave closing remarks, thanking the bank’s representatives for their time and reception.
The purpose of the visit is summarized by giving the students the opportunity to see first-hand how IT is implemented in large corporations in the market, and how it is managed and secured to international standards.