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Red Hat expert: Telcos must walk the digital transformation walk

Santiago Madruga, head of EMEA Telco and ICT at Red Hat, tells Intelligent CIO how telcos should approach the challenge of digital transformation Many companies are exploring how they can take advantage of disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile and big data analytics to drive a new wave of end user experiences. Communications service providers […]


Digital transformation: Demystifying needs and challenges

In today’s digital age, a variety of market and corporate factors, such as increased digital customer demand and increasing competition from industry disruptors in mature sectors, has made digitalisation imperative for almost all organisations looking to succeed. Digital transformation is a long-term commitment and a journey that presents multiple complex challenges for CIOs and their […]


How your greatest resource could be sat under your staff’s fingertips

Chances are data is the most useful resource a business’s staff can lay their hands on. There is no doubt that an ever-increasing amount of data is being processed but how should employees use it to drive their companies forward? We spoke to Samina Rizwan, Senior Director Business Analytics and Big Data, Middle East and […]


Data breaches: 10 steps to stop attackers penetrating your perimeters

As highlighted in the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), 75% of attacks come from the outside and a whopping 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords. While the specific tactics may vary, the stages of an outsider attack are similar and usually follow four steps, says Brad Hibbert, Lead Solutions […]


Cyber Security Alert: Should you fear the reaper?

By Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Director, MENA at A10 Networks Move over Mirai. There’s a new monstrous botnet in town. The newly-discovered botnet, dubbed ‘Reaper’ or ‘IoTroop’ appears to be a more powerful strain of Internet of Things (IoT) attack malware than Mirai, the previous holder of the IoT botnet crown. And while Reaper hasn’t yet […]


Veeam expert on the barriers to digital transformation in ME

Rick Vanover, Director of Technical Product Marketing and Evangelism at Veeam Software, tells Intelligent CIO what he believes are the current barriers to digital transformation in the Middle East and how these can be overcome. Digital transformation is now requisite for survival for all enterprises in the Middle East, across all industries. The exponential growth that we […]


SecureWorks talks ransomware, cyber fraud and social engineering

Intelligent CIO caught up with Gopan Sivasankaran, SecureWorks’ Security Architect at this year’s GITEX Technology Week to discuss the evolving cyberthreats targeting organisations, and individuals, today. Q: What is SecureWorks focusing on this year at GITEX? A: This is the first GITEX as part of the Dell Technology family as such with all organisations within […]


Kodak Alaris expert on overcoming the barriers to digital transformation

Gregoire de Clercq, EMEA Marketing Director, Kodak Alaris Information Management, tells Intelligent CIO what he believes are the current barriers to digital transformation in the Middle East and how these can be overcome. Digital transformation begins with information capture. In a published IDC white paper, sponsored by Kodak Alaris Information Management (Information Capture:  Cornerstone of Digital Transformation), […]


Microsoft Gulf expert on overcoming the barriers to digital transformation

Necip Ozyucel, Cloud and Enterprise Business Solutions Lead, Microsoft Gulf, tells Intelligent CIO what he believes are the current barriers to digital transformation in the Middle East and how can CIOs overcome these. Digitalisation has become imperative for companies worldwide as smart adoption of technologies can help organisations reinvent their business models, achieve major operational […]


Microsoft expert: Sales can surge in the digital age

The Arabian Gulf region is teeming with innovation. Government and private-sector initiatives are seizing the promise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and, as a result, entire economies are taking significant forward leaps, says Karim Talhouk, Dynamics 365 Lead, Microsoft Gulf. Digital transformation – the power to engage customers, empower employees, optimise operations and revolutionise products […]


Digital transformation leads to the rise of the ‘Super CIO’

In the age of digital transformation, the first point of transformation must be the CIO. “Meet the ‘Super CIO’,” says Luc Serviant, Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Orange Business Services. We can all see it with our own eyes but now it’s official – the UAE is ready for change. KPMG’s 2017 Change Readiness […]


Streamlining data centre operations through commissioning

Article by: Gary Williams, Director of Commissioning at AESG Applications and data are the lifeblood of business today and modern data centres are expected to deliver near 100% availability while remaining highly efficient to meet cost and ‘green IT’ objectives. While enterprises in the Middle East invest heavily in designing their data centres and fitting […]


Ensuring ‘Availability’ for the energy sector in the Middle East

Countering Threats and Enabling Transformation in the Industry By Gregg Petersen, Regional Sales Vice President, MEA, Veeam Software Perhaps more than any other industry, oil and gas companies in the Middle East face overwhelming pressure to cut costs and increase operational efficiency. As natural resources prices remain low, incremental efficiency improvements can have a huge […]


Digital Shadows expert on the impact of the Equifax breach

By Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows What we know about the Equifax breach  A cybersecurity incident at Equifax has had the potential to impact 143 million U.S. consumers. To put this in context, at this time, this incident is almost seven times larger than the Office of Personnel Management breach of 2015. Equifax […]


Aruba expert on the six latest technology trends in Higher Education

Jose Vasco, Regional Director, MEMA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, says six trends have emerged in the field of higher education this year: IoT Spreads Institution-Wide – IoT is swiftly expanding beyond student devices. The onslaught ranges from connected lights, door locks and sprinkler systems to laboratory sensors, classroom instruction and student laundry […]


Veeam announces Veeam Availability Suite for VMware Cloud on AWS

By Peter McKay, Co-CEO and President, Veeam Cloud adoption is soaring. According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud computing will increase from $67 billion in 2015 to $162 billion in 2020, attaining a 19% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) . The cloud is here to stay, and it’s only going to become more important. As […]


Mimecast expert: New email exploit ROPEMAKER threatens security

A new email exploit called ROPEMAKER can result in a malicious actor changing the content of an email already in your in-box says Matthew Gardiner, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Mimecast. Most people live under the assumption that email is immutable once delivered, like a physical letter.  But a new email exploit, dubbed ROPEMAKER by Mimecast’s […]


Ciena expert: Autonomous networks of the future are set to be ‘self driving’

Easier to run and more responsive to customer needs the network of the future is coming, Ravi Mali, of Ciena, tells us. Communications service providers (CSPs) share a near universal goal: to drive down network costs and increase profitability. This goal boils down to three basic elements: reducing capital and operating expenditures, while improving the […]


ITSM professionals believe IT roles will become more challenging

ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company who will be exhibiting at GITEX 2017, has announced the results of its ‘IT Service Management Future Readiness’ survey. The survey, which was conducted in collaboration with ITSM.tools, consisted of ten questions that focused on the opportunities and challenges ITSM will see in the future. It was presented to […]


Cybercrime finds a way, the limited impact of AlphaBay and Hansa’s demise

Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows, says: “Our analysis of the broader cybercriminal ecosystem suggests that the impact of the AlphaBay and Hansa closures will be somewhat short-lived.” By Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows The law enforcement operations that took down the AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces were meant to strike a sizable […]