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Digital Transformation sets agenda on Day 2 of IDC’s Middle East CIO Summit

More than 250 of the region’s most influential technology and business leaders gathered at Abu Dhabi’s Jumeirah Etihad Towers for the second and final day of IDC’s Middle East CIO Summit 2016. Hosted under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the UAE’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, the ninth annual installment […]


IT spending for MENA Banking & Securities firms to grow 2.4% in 2016

IT spending by banking and securities firms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will be approximately $12.5 billion in 2016, a 2.4% increase over 2015, according to Gartner , Inc. This forecast includes spending on internal IT services (including personnel), IT services, software, data centre technologies, devices and telecom services. Software spending continues […]


Smartworld launches UAE’s CIOMajlis initiative

Smartworld, an Etisalat and Dubai South joint venture company, has launched UAE’s first ever CIOMajlis, an initiative that will bring Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from public and private sector companies in the UAE on a common platform to share international best practices and explore business solutions in line with the UAE’s Innovation Strategy and the […]


Application downtime costing UAE enterprises millions, says Veeam Report

New research from Veeam Software, and, in its fifth year, the Veeam Availability Report, 2016, reveals that 84%, a 2% increase on 2014, of senior IT decisions-makers (ITDMs) across the globe admit to suffering an ‘Availability Gap’ (the gap between what IT can deliver and what users demand). This costs businesses up to $16 million a year […]


Nokia showcases new IoT revenue opportunities for operators & enterprises

Nokia is demonstrating at Mobile World Congress 2016 how its IoT related end-to-end capabilities support operators and enterprises in addressing numerous use cases and business models in the rapidly developing IoT market. Nokia combines its network infrastructure with secure IoT connectivity, distributed cloud, as well as IoT platforms with applications and analytics. Nokia’s IoT services […]


GISEC Report: The top IT security trends you need to know

One of the downsides of the rapid rise of the information economy is the realisation that modern business are facing a wider range of severe IT security threats than ever before, writes the organisers of GISEC. Of course, even in the face of these growing threats, cyber security is not always the key issue for […]


Gemalto launches IoT solution to monitor smart objects in real time

Gemalto, the provider of digital security, has announced the launch of its LinqUs IoT Quality of Service (QoS) offer, a solution that enables mobile operators to monitor the cellular QoS of smart objects in real time. This ensures more reliable connectivity, which is essential for any successful Internet of Things and M2M application. LinqUs IoT Quality […]


du and SAP launch cloud services in UAE

UAE government enterprises will soon gain access to some of the world’s smartest applications in 2016, thanks to a strategic partnership signed today by du and SAP during the World Government Summit. The partnership works to support the commitment to nationwide digitisation and innovation. The UAE Vision 2021 aims for the country to become one […]


DEWA signs MoU with Microsoft at World Government Summit

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft. The MoU promotes cooperation between the two sides in exchanging knowledge and expertise, development of solutions and applications, and enhancing innovation across the UAE and the GCC. The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO […]


Gartner announces programme for 2016 CIO Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is one of the most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives. The 2016 agenda offers 90+ analyst sessions, workshops, roundtables and mastermind keynotes across three full days. With role-based tracks and industry tracks, the agenda focuses on practical ways to adapt new ideas and strategy, along with insights on what’s next […]


Worldwide IT spending to reach $2.8 trillion in 2019, says IDC

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to grow from $2.46 trillion in 2015 to more than $2.8 trillion in 2019, according to the new Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide: Vertical and Company Size from International Data Corporation (IDC). The new spending guide expands on IDC’s previous IT spending forecasts by providing greater depth and detail on technology […]


Cyber breaches are fastest-growing risks in MENA, says EY report

Cyber breaches and insider threats are the fastest-growing risks and are driving investment in Forensic Data Analytics (FDA) according to MENA executives. This is according to EY’s 2016 Global Forensic Data Analytics Survey, Shifting into high gear: mitigating risks and demonstrating returns. The threats and breaches include malicious insiders stealing, manipulating or destroying data. Sixty-nine […]


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