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Executive Chairman of Cisco to deliver keynote at IoTWF 2015

Cisco has announced that John Chambers, Executive Chariman of Cisco will be attending the 3rd Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) to be held in Dubai on December 6 – 8, 2015, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. John Chambers will deliver a keynote on how the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a new […]


UAE ranked third in ITU’s Arab ICT development index

Bahrain has made the biggest change in Arab country rankings by jumping 21 places to 27 as per International Telecommunication Union’s 2015 “Measuring the Information Society Report” released on November 31st. The report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society, including the ICT […]


ICT spending to reach $260 billion across region in 2016, says IDC

ICT spending in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) will top $260 billion in 2016 as organisations across the region increasingly embrace digital transformation initiatives in a bid to streamline their costs and bolster their flexibility. That’s according to global technology research and consulting services firm International Data Corporation, which today hosted an event […]


Kaspersky predicts end of the world for APTs as we know them in 2016

Kaspersky Lab’s experts revealed their predictions for 2016, which are based on the expertise of the Global Research and Analysis Team, the company’s 42 top security experts, located all over the world. Each member contributed unique expertise and, in 2015 alone, their insight and intelligence resulted in detailed reports on 12 APT actors, “speaking” different […]


Dubai Smart Government signs MoU with global experts

Dubai Smart Government Department (DSG) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MIT Connection Science Group (MITCSG) and Analytics Centre (AC) during Smart Con Dubai 2015, as part of a series of initiatives from DSG in conjunction with the ‘UAE Innovation Week’ being held until 28th November, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, […]


Securing Smart Cities issues guidelines for Smart City tech adoption

Securing Smart Cities, the not-for-profit global initiative addressing the cyber security challenges of smart cities, released guidelines jointly developed by Securing Smart Cities and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) for the adoption of smart city technology. The guide provides organisations with an overview of the key elements needed in order to implement the best technological […]


CIOs to seek more control in 2016?

In 2015, enterprise IT teams went through one of the biggest transitions in a decade as enterprises go hybrid and implement software-defined networks. Industry watchers from Gartner to Harvard Business Review state that more than 70% of companies are now leveraging cloud computing and most have hybrid IT models. To meet the complexity associated with […]


Ericsson and Cisco partner to fuel future network innovation

Ericsson  and Cisco, two industry powerhouses in the development and delivery of networking, mobility, and cloud, have announced a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future. The multi-faceted relationship will offer customers the best of both companies: routing, data centre, networking, cloud, mobility, management and control, and global services capabilities. Together the […]


Socio-economic instability causes decline in GCC storage market

The GCC external storage market suffered a year-on-year decline of 16.11% in the second quarter of 2015 to total $77 million, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). The research firm attributed the decline to the unstable socioeconomic and political conditions that are currently affecting the region, while also noting that the market’s terabyte capacity increased […]


GCC businesses not ready for new global cyber-threat levels, says Condo Protego

As global cyber-attacks increase in complexity, GCC businesses must prepare themselves for newer and more advanced threat levels, warns Dubai-based IT consultancy, Condo Protego. The recently published 2015 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) by Symantec found that despite a 14% decrease in malicious e-mails, and 20 percent fewer targets, highly targeted spear-phishing attacks rose by 8% in […]


Survey suggests global IT vendors could hold back block chain technology

Major global IT vendors – including leading hardware, systems software, eCommerce, big data, cloud, network, telco and systems integrator companies – have little wisdom, advice or vision to offer their customers and prospects when it comes to block chain technology, according to a survey Searching in Vain for The Block Chain just conducted by enterprise […]


Technology gurus gather to define smarter strategies at Smartcon 2015

As the use of Big Data, Open Data, Advanced Analytics, IoT and Artificial Intelligence are increasingly used to improve services globally and accelerate innovation cycle for the benefit of populations, businesses and governments, Smartcon 2015 Dubai gathers business and technology experts who will shared insights on how these capabilities are going to be key for […]


Internet of Things – what’s the relevance for enterprises?

“Internet of Things” has been one of the big themes at GITEX this year, with a lot of noise from a lot of different vendors about the prospect of connecting a far wider range of devices – leading, ultimately, to the “Internet of Everything”, writes Eliot Beer, Editorial Consultant, Lynchpin Media. But some industry figures […]


Oil price drop pushing gov’t ministries towards cloud, says Juniper

The falling oil price is pushing government organisations to move towards cloud and managed services, and leave behind their long-held preference for self-owned and managed infrastructure, according to Adrian Pickering, VP for Middle East and Africa at Juniper. “I’m observing right now a trend for many large enterprises, and public sector organisations, government ministries like […]


HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visits GITEX

His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited GITEX Technology Week 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. High Highness toured through the exhibition and saw the latest technology products and solutions provided by major global, regional, and local government agencies and private sector companies. The 35th edition of GITEX Technology Week […]


Region’s largest-ever Google CSI Lab supports innovators at GITEX

Fostering the next generation of regional innovators, about 150 people have attended the largest-ever Google CSI Lab in the Middle East and Africa at GITEX Technology Week 2015. Participants met with Google employees from around the world to learn how to tackle complex problems and encourage an innovation culture within their own organisations using a […]


Qatar set to post one of region’s strongest IT growth rates to 2018

With Qatar set to post one of the region’s strongest IT growth rates to 2018, the 35th GITEX  Technology Week 2015 is seeing a strong presence from national industry leaders to drive ICT innovation agendas, and network with industry experts. Thanks to large-scale infrastructure and government projects in transportation, healthcare, and education, Qatar’s IT services […]


GITEX: UAE leads in Smart City innovation in robotics, drones

Demonstrating the UAE’s role as a global hub for Smart City innovation, GITEX Technology Week is hosting global launches and regional showcases of the latest robotics, drones, and 3D printing solutions. Dubai-based DigiRobotics presented global launches of its CafeBot high-tech restaurant, with touch screen tables, robotic chefs and waitresses, and the TaxiBot driverless taxi with […]


GITEX: Cisco and GBM outline key steps for digitisation

At a press roundtable today moderated by IDC’s IoT Research Lead for MEA, Cisco and GBM outlined the vital key steps that organisations in the Middle East will need to implement in order to become fully digital to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) era. 1 in 4 leaders globally, say they are being sufficiently […]


KSA is biggest target for cyber attacks in EMEA, says report

Saudi Arabia saw the highest proportion of cyber attacks in the EMEA region, with 11% of the total attacks, and about half directed against its oil and gas sector, according to FireEye. The data come from a new threat report from FireEye, published this month, which details the findings of the firm’s security researchers and […]