Faster, Smarter, Safer
James Dartnell reports from the EMEA edition of F5 Networks’ Agility 2017 conference in Barcelona, where the firm’s new CEO François LocohDonou pledged to stay true to the firm’s software offerings while delivering increasingly complex and secure applications to its customers.
Following its decision to commit $45 billion into SoftBank’s Vision Fund, why has Saudi Arabia’s government felt the need to make such a huge investment in technology? Why is this investment being directed externally, and does it actually satisfy the country’s aims of delivering its Vision 2030 goals?
Full Speed Ahead
Having recently approved Dubai’s strategy to transform 25 percent of the emirate’s total trips into self-driving journeys by 2030, the RTA’s CEO of its licensing agency, Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan – the driving force behind the project – explains how the latest autonomous transport nnouncements will contribute towards the goal.
Clear Skies Ahead
Huawei's Connect conference gathered 20,000 IT professionals in Shanghai to showcase a number of solutions that embody the company’s vision to become one of the world’s top cloud players within the next five years. Glesni Holland reports from Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
Following the historic merger of Mubadala Development Company and International Petroleum Investment Company into a $125-billion-asset behemoth, work needed to be done to get both companies’ IT departments on the same page. Throughout the transformation, Mansour Al Ketbi, now CIO of the resulting Mubadala Investment Company, has proven himself a master of sound technology policy, transparency, and, most importantly, diplomacy.
Of all the industries that are most critical in delivering open, secure societies, the legal profession has arguably been the most resistant to digital disruption. DIFC Courts CEO Mark Beer OBE believes the legal industry is now compelled to adopt technology to become more user-friendly, and that it risks being supplanted by the private sector if it refuses to change.
New Kid On The Block
Nine out of ten government organisations across the world are tipped to invest in blockchain technology by 2018, and Dubai’s government has set out its stall to be a leader in the adoption wave. When can we expect to see blockchain become a mainstream technology in enterprises across the region?
How To Fend Off Digital Disruption
Anticipating future opportunities based on hard and soft trends is a crucial weapon in helping CIOs stave off being a victim of digital transformation. Clint Boulton explores what is needed to commit to an ‘anticipatory IT’ strategy.
Now in its fifth year, the Data Centre Build conference returned to Dubai's Habtoor Grand Resort last month, to shed light on the latest trends and best practices impacting modern data centres.
Eight Steps To The Digital Workplace
Clint Boulton explores how to to craft a workplace that boosts engagement and agility.
Knowledge Is Power
Honoured as the UAE’s ‘Ambassador of Knowledge’ by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2015, Dr Rashid Alleem, now chairman of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, is striving to fulfil his vision of a sustainable future in the emirate, powered by technology.
Bricks And Clicks
UAE construction giant Al Shafar General Contracting is building the foundations for its digital age. Newly-appointed CIO Herbert Fuchs has been hired to optimise and reinvent the ways that ASGC uses technology to automate time-consuming processes and enhance the health and safety of on-site workers.
Since establishing a foothold in the UAE’s real estate sector as a leading developer and property solutions provider, Deyaar’s senior IT manager Faisal Ali has begun spearheading his vision to enhance the everyday lives of residents through the use of smart and innovative technologies.
The Future Of All Things That Think, Sync And Link
With the augmentation of artificial intelligence (AI) and smarter ways in which apps will digitally disrupt our human conscience, Lizzie Cohen-Laloum, senior vice president, EMEA Sales, F5 Networks, believes now is the time to re-evaluate the future of thinking.
A Ride For The Everyday Superhero
Tamer Elsawy, software business unit executive, IBM Middle East and Pakistan, reflects on how the automotive community can adopt technology to bring about the necessary industry transformation.
What Is An Agile Organisation?
Avaya Professional Services’ senior director for Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Emir Susic, gives his take on how Middle East organisations can prepare themselves for fast-paced business change.
Researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab were recently forced to halt artificial intelligence powered chat bots, after the robotic duo – ‘Bob’ and ‘Alice’ – began using a new, incomprehensible language developed without human input.
The New Connect
Daniel Bardsley reports from Bosch’s Connected World 2018 conference in Berlin, where the firm announced a range of eye-catching innovations around driverless cars, pollution prevention and smart gloves.
Power 4 Fourth Industrial Revolution Forum
CPI Media Group will host its inaugural Power of 4: Fourth Industrial Revolution Forum on Wednesday 25th April at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. A selection of fantastic speakers have already been confirmed for the Forum.
Network World Middle East Awards 2018
CNME is delighted to host its ninth annual Network World Middle East Awards at the Habtoor Grand Hotel on Tuesday 27th March.
How Block Chain Will Transform Travel
Antoine Medawar, Amadeus’ vice president for the Middle East and North Africa gives his take on the four main areas of the travel industry that will be affected through the deployment of blockchain.
Best In Class
The news that ATLAB will deploy humanoid robots into UAE autism centres is something we should all be smiling about.
Take My Advice
Determined to combine business and technology acumen in his role, Akshay Lamba took on the position of CIO at Deloitte Middle East in May last year, and now oversees the firm's IT operations across 16 countries in the region.
Come On In
Following the UAE government’s announcement that it would change laws to provide residence visas for top IT talent, how will the country’s technology industry be affected? James Dartnell asks regional and national heads of some of the world’s biggest tech firms if they think this could be a turning point for innovation in the nation, and other opportunities it spells for the country.
A New Chapter
After a tumultuous 12 months, Avaya exited Chapter 11 status and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in January, marking the second innings for the realtime communications company. Jeevan Thankappan reports from Wall Street.
Diamond In The Rough
Oracle recently hosted its inaugural AI Summit at the St Regis hotel in Dubai, where the firm discussed strategies for introducing disruptive technology and innovative processes into the enterprise.
The AI Doctor
Commercial Bank of Dubai CEO Dr Bernd van Linder is a rare commodity in his heavily-digitised industry. Boasting a PhD in artificial intelligence, the tech-minded leader joined CBD in January 2017, and looks the perfect fit to guide the firm into the end-to-end digital age.
How Digital Banking Workspaces Will Help Customers
Rasheed Al Omari, VMware’s principal business solutions strategist for South Europe, Middle East, and Africa, discusses why smarter platforms will improve the customer experience in banking.
Glesni Holland caught up with Bill Ruh, GE’s first ever global chief digital officer, to find out what it takes to head up the digital strategy of a 125-year old multinational conglomerate.
Why Blockchain's Only Limit Is Human Imagination
Tristar Group’s head of IT Adam Lalani explains why he believes Blockchain has the potential to be as disruptive as the Internet.