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  • by Allendria on Oct 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Future of ICT celebrated at first ever GITEX Technology Week Student Lab competition 

    New awards recognises and promotes the brightest and most innovative ICT students from across the Middle East, Africa and South Asian region

    A team from Al-Najah National University in Palestine has won first place in the GITEX Technology Week Student Lab competition today, distinguishing themselves as some of the region’s brightest young ICT talents.

    Mu’ath Lahlabat, Hussam Malhis and Ahmed Dewikat secured the top spot for their Android-based home automation application, and will receive a cheque for AED 30,000 to help translate their idea to reality. 

    In particular, the application is designed to give physically disabled people the ability to serve themselves with a single click. Using the mobile app, users can automate actions such as opening the garage door or turning on the lights, and receive data to help monitor and regulate home energy use.

    Hussam Malhis, of the winning team, said: “By winning the Student Lab competition, we hope to find a sponsor that can help take our mobile app to the market, giving handicapped people in Palestine and around the world the freedom to serve themselves. At GITEX Technology Week, we’ve already gathered many ideas from visitors, such as adding GPS so that the home automation systems can turn on when users enter an area near the house. We want to tell the youth and next generation of mobile app developers in Palestine that no matter the situation, they can create and innovate out of nothing.

    Ali Payani from the UAE’s University of Wollongong earned second place, receiving AED 20,000 for an automated phishing detector. Hussam Mohsineh  from the UAE’s Khalifa University took third place, and will receive AED 10,000 for a mobile app focused on connect and support users interested in undertaking voluntary work.  
    All prize funds were provided by GITEX Technology Week organisers Dubai World Trade Centre.

    Sponsored by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs (MoPA) and held in association with Google as a part of its commitment to supporting education initiatives, the Student Lab aims to recognise and promote the brightest and most innovative ICT students from across the Middle East, Africa and South Asian region.

    Judges narrowed down hundreds of entries to a shortlist of ten, which visitors to GITEX Technology Week could experience and interact with throughout the show. A final decision was based on 90% input from the judges, and 10% from GITEX Technology Week visitors.

    The judging panel comprised Ahmed Al Hassani, Head of Networks and Systems Unit, Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Abdel Wahed Bendaoua, Head of Emerging Markets – EMEA, Google and Majid Farouck Hanna, General Manager, the UAE Society of Engineers. Their decision was based on an entry’s innovation and design, real-life impact and usability, as well as the solutions’ presentational quality and technical details.

    H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Al Humairi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, sponsor of the Student Lab competition, said: “With R&D and technology innovation essential to the growth and competitiveness of the ICT sector, and some of the most successful ICT companies originating in universities, we are eager to extend our support to initiatives like the GITEX Technology Week Student Lab competition. Increased collaboration between industry, universities and governments can only spur innovation and R&D efforts for the UAE and the wider region.

    Abdel Wahed Bendaoua, Head of Enterprise, Emerging Markets – EMEA at Google, said: “Education is a big priority for Google, and we are excited to participate as a Student Labs partner at Gitex 2013.”

    Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The GITEX Technology Week Student Lab competition is all about recognising and promoting the brightest and most innovative ICT student across the Middle East, African and South East Asia region. Congratulations should go to everyone shortlisted today, as they all have extremely bright futures ahead of them, and their work has every chance of being able to make a positive difference in both the region and beyond.

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  • Technology launches, partnerships make Gitex 2013 a grand success

    More than 130,000 ICT professionals from 150 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, representing 80% of the world’s leading ICT brands, attended Gitex Technology Week. Further indicative of the event’s growing stature was a 26% increase in international visitors compared to last year. A total of 61 countries exhibited, including new countries including Belarus, Brazil, Finland, Kenya, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia and Ukraine. Gitex Official Country Partner for 2013 is Serbia.

    Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “We are delighted with the sheer number and variety of launches, partnerships, and announcements this year. In many respects, this has been a step up to the next level for GITEX Technology Week, with a range of new features ensuring that there has never been a dull moment on the show floor. I am confident that the strategic deals and connections that have been made during the past week will leave a lasting impact on the region’s ICT industry.
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  • Mr. Moataz Amin and Ms. Manal Amin from Arabize Egypt
    by gmessaoudi on Oct 24, 2013 at 4:21 PM


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  • Great stand with a happy company at the du stall.
    by gmessaoudi on Oct 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM


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  • Consumer electronics market to stay strong

    Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which released a study on the sidelines of Gitex Technology Week, said that the prospects for the sector are likely to improve as the regional economies forecast a reasonable growth ratio as prevailing trends of converging technologies, growing population and incomes underpin the growth-dynamic for the foreseeable future.

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  • iTECH Gulf showcase set for Bahrain

    Bahrain will play host to the inaugural iTECH Gulf Forum and Exhibition on April 9-10, 2014 which, say the organisers, will enhance the GCC’s growing credentials as an IT and ICT hub. 

    Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions (HCE) outlined their aims for this annual showcase at Gitex 2013 in Dubai to a select audience of potential supporters, including Sony and Microsft.

    “The show will add to the region’s growing knowledge interchange in ICT and IT, leading thought and technologies,” said Jubran Abdulrahaman, HCE’s managing director.

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  • Aymeric from the Dubai office of DAXIUM showcases CATALOG-AIR to create automatically e-catalogs to feature products and drive direct sales from mobile devices. See on French Pavilion in Hall 4.
    by Laurent Mairet on Oct 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

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  • Giancarlo Avolio, business analyst at INTERSEC, presents us telecom BigData monetization in Hall 6 booth CLD-23A
    by Laurent Mairet on Oct 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM


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  • Big Ben Connected

    Earlier today, Big Ben Connected strategy and business development director Michel Bassot took us through some of the company's brightest products. Here's what he had to say. 

    Big Ben Connected strategy and business development director Michel Bassot 
    by Allendria on Oct 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Bassot shows off some of the top products in his company's line
    by Allendria on Oct 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM
    Swarovski Elements, Samsung Galaxy case. There are cases for all major phones and phone brands, with different patterns and designs.
    by Allendria on Oct 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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  • Toshiba eyes top tab slot

    Toshiba Gulf is all set to launch a new range of tablets in next couple of months to consolidate its position in the Middle East market, its top official said.


    by Anupam Varma on Oct 24, 2013 at 12:41 PM
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  • Etisalat discusses ties with Ministry of Health, GSMA

    Minister of Health Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais met Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar and Director-General and Member of the board of the GSMA Anne Bouverot to celebrate partnership during Gitex Technology Week.

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  • Labour ministry to launch virtual job market


    By Anu Warrier

    Employers can register on the soon-to-be launched job portal and announce vacancies at their firms, while jobseekers can post their resumes.

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  • Sharp shows off smart display technologies


    A 180-inch gesture-controlled interactive wall display and a mirror-like monitor display to overlay selected outfits on the reflection of the customer in the screen are two of the innovative products showcased by Sharp MiddleEast at the Gitex Technology Week.

    by Anupam Varma

    Read full report here
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  • Saif lauds ‘smart’ technologies at Gitex

    Lt.-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, has re-affirmed UAE’s keen interest, under the leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in becoming a global leader in the use of smart technologies.


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  • Intergence all about expertise in IT optimization

    By Pradeep Chakraborty

    Intergence is a consulting organization specialising in network, application, and process optimisation. It provides consulting services to align IT to your business strategy, resourcing to provide highly skilled expertise, and managed services to deliver challenging IT projects on time and to budget.

    Utilising a unique combination of world class expertise, industry-leading methodology and unique tools, Intergence has a clear and common purpose: to allow clients to extract more value from their existing assets, whilst delivering a first-class service.

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  • Thierry Louesse, CEO at FRACTAL SYSTEMS, presents us unique multimedia solutions. Amazing stuff. Won't miss it so rush to Hall 1 Sheikh Saeed booth S1-102
    by Laurent Mairet on Oct 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

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  • For the development of the telecom sector and information technology research project in Dubai, UAE government funded Khalifa University unveiled plans to develop a system to convert Arabic text into digital via the Internet at Gitex. The project - Ri CAPTCHA - aims to improve the technical and publishing aspects of the Arab websites used by millions in the Arab region.saqlain.shahOct 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM


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  • Western Leaf Electronics, Inc. leads the way as a needs-driven consumer electronics company based in the Calgary, Alberta Canada area. They brand themselves “needs-driven,” going above and beyond to produce electronic “gadgets.”

    Check out these videos for a message from their CEO, Mark Ataya, who highlights some of their newest and hottest products.

    Mark Ataya, Western Leaf Electronics, CEO
    by Allendria on Oct 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Vomo Nu, speaker
    by Allendria on Oct 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Frenzy 8Z, tablet
    by Allendria on Oct 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    The headphone series, from Vomo
    by Allendria on Oct 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM




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  • RTA signs MoU with Microsoft Gulf FZ LLC

    The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft Gulf FZ LLC at Gitex 2013 to strengthen mutual relations and boost information technology application towards delivering and achieving excellence in customer service. Signed by Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of RTA Corporate Technical Support Services, and Samer Abu Latif, Regional General Manager of Microsoft Gulf, the MoU will help RTA to forge effective partnerships and deliver enhanced services.
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  • Nuance unveils next generation of voice biometrics

    Nuance Communications Inc. today unveiled the next generation of its voice biometrics platform in the Middle East. The platform aims to transform the authentication experience for customer service and addresses increasing consumer dissatisfaction with PINs, passwords, and security questions. The new platform enables more secure, effortless authentication in customer service environments through natural voice patterns, and delivers market-leading accuracy, superior detection of fraudsters, and simplified deployment and management of voice biometrics for use in consumer and enterprise settings.
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  • Gitex 2013 set to become best ever

    The 33rd edition of Gitex Technology Week is on course to become one of the most internationally diverse and influential yet. International exhibitors are up 26% compared to last year, and a total of 61 countries are present, including new countries like Belarus, Brazil, Finland, Kenya, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia and Ukraine. This year’s Official Country Partner is Serbia, and the union has already markedly boosted ICT trade links with the UAE. Delegations of senior officials were also present from countries including Bahrain, Egypt, India, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Tatarstan, Tunisia and United Kingdom.
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  • Puchadez Olivier, Regional Sales Manager at Deny All, presents us its web application firewall rWeb at the French Pavilion in Hall 7. Check it out!
    by Laurent Mairet on Oct 23, 2013 at 2:49 PM

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  • SAP announces partnership with Innosoft Solutions at Gitex

    SAP today announced a partnership with Innosoft Solutions at Gitex Technology Week. “I am delighted to welcome to Innosoft Solutions to our vibrant and ever-growing ecosystem. This is a company with excellent credentials, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership,” said Sherif Hamouda, Head of Channel and Ecosystem, SAP MENA.

    Sherif Hamouda, Head of Channel and Ecosystem, SAP MENA, and Rajan Mohindra (right), Managing Partner, Innosoft Solutions. 
    by Anupam Varma on Oct 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

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  • Amanda Sundara, COO at OFFICE GEMINI, presents us their scanning and document management software. Come and have a demo at French Pavilion in Hall 4. Cannot miss. It is the yellow one.
    by Laurent Mairet on Oct 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM


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  • Savitha Bhaskar, General Manager at Condo Protego, on how her company supports businesses with data storage and protection challenges.
    by Laurent Mairet on Oct 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

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  • Driving big data’s bigger adoption

    With a focus towards delivering the new RoI, Gitex 2013 has put a lot of emphasis towards big data adoption in the region. We all know that big data has great potential, especially for the enterprise market and has been dominating the conversation in recent years. But while the technology to harness it has already come of age, enterprises in different segments are still only scratching its surface and unsure of how to maximize its demonstrable value.

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  • Dubai Customs launches smart marketing campaign at Gitex

    The Dubai Customs has launched a smart marketing campaign at Gitex 2013 is based on the augmented reality technology. The campaign was launched in conjunction with the department’s success of transforming itself into a 100% “smart government” department.

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  • Dubai Tourism: A digital experience

    Dubai's Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is providing services and information through a range of new smartphone applications during the Gitex Technology Week 2013. At the event, DTCM is exhibiting an update on its existing ‘Definitely Dubai’ smartphone app that is designed to help tourists and visitors explore the ever-growing tourism attractions of the emirate.
    by Anupam Varma on Oct 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM


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  • Kyle Hurst, director market development at THURAYA introducing SATSLEEVE which turns your iPhone into a satellite communication device. Watch out in Zabeel Hall!!!
    by Laurent Mairet on Oct 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

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  • Elliott King, managing director of MINTTWIST, presents us their digital marketing services. Must go and check out the tremendous added valued services they are offering in Dubai and Bahrain.
    by Laurent Mairet on Oct 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM


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  • Kate Fairhurst on real-time.
    by Gitex 2013 Official on Oct 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM


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  • Big data, bigger information, smarter decisions for biggest return


    By Rani Dababneh

    Though we've been dealing with it since the beginning, data has become more useful - thanks to the science behind creating a new ROI, Return On Information, where return has grown much recently as 90% of such has been created only in the past 2 years - as shared in one of the sessions today at the Big Data Conference. 

    Most business values behind big data embrace accessing information that we never could before, analyzing data in new ways, besides doing it faster and cheaper. Where biggest opportunities mostly cover marketing and sales growth, operational and financial performance, new products and services innovation, risk and fraud reduction, beside data monetization. 

    Rankings of technologies that are on top of CIOs priorities in Gulf Region, for 2013 have shown that Analytics and Business Intelligence are on top, followed by Visualization, and ERP Applications. Though Big Data project stages have shown that 31% are still planning, 44% are under POCs, and only 25% are under implementation.

    Business improvements behind big data management and intelligent information processing are being faced with technical challenges as software maturity, security, the combination of structured and unstructured data, massive enterprise data warehouse issues, beside traditional architecture/technology limitation to scale. As well as business processes challenges while transforming more into a big data friendly one that is more opportunity oriented, immediate reuse facilitated, bottoms-up experiment, iterative and explanatory analysis compatible. Besides, skills deficiency challenges on both ways.

    All comes to a tactical adoption for business and technology, finding a common ground and processes, for tech, business, or even a mix to lead, maybe a chief data officer, as an emerging role.

    A good example is that if you get a Formula 1 car without having the right drivers, you might be able to ride it but you won’t win! Technology & business should both meet to win Big Data! Especially that beta data will for sure result in beta decisions!
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  • Help! I’m down with GITEX fever


    By Rushika Bhatia

    When 45 out of 50 of the e-mails you receive in a day end with the phrase ‘….at GITEX 2013’, you know it’s that time of the year. This is the time when the region is enthralled with all that technology has to offer. This is time when technology experts from all across the world converge for one common cause – technological advancement for the betterment of business.


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  • Highlights of GSMA Mobile 360 Series Conference – Day 2

    Telecommunication experts at GSMA Mobile 360 series conference agree that future of communication is depends on the capabilities drives from mobile broadband spectrum. Keynote speakers discussed the importance of coordination between operators and defines that how to utilize the mobile broadband spectrum i.e. LTE, LTE (Advance) and LTE (Beyond).

    The two days conference was a success towards building a strategy for the future of mobile communication.saqlain.shahOct 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

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  • Flash2Follow solution empowers Nigeria SMEs

    Small and Medium Enterprises dealing with Information Technology accessories in Nigeria are beginning to rip the “goodies” packaged within Flash2Follow solution – a platform designed to assist entities boost business performance through market research, web campaigns, brand awareness and conducting polls among others.

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  • By AfricaBusiness.com

    -ICT industry movers and shakers attend packed out event-

    -Over 40% of Middle East CIOs scoping investments in analytics and Big Data technology-

    Experts at GITEX Technology Week’s first ever Big Data Conference  agree that the ability to intelligently understand and utilise Big Data  will have a profound impact on innovation and competitiveness in the  region. The packed conference, supported by Diamond Sponsor Accenture,  offered valuable insights on how Big Data increasingly becomes an  unavoidable and compelling item at the top of the boardroom agenda. The 33rd edition of GITEX Technology Week 2013, running under the theme  “Lets Create, Disrupt and Re-imagine Together”, runs until October 24 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

    Keynote speaker Volkmar Koch, Vice President and Partner at leading global management consulting firm Booz & Co, set the scene: “The sheer volume of structured and unstructured data driven by digitisation is calling for a host of new coping techniques, methods and analytics to effectively process and leverage. About 2.9 million emails are sent every second, 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute, and by the end of 2013 there will be more networked devices than people on  earth. Data has now unavoidably become a topic in the boardroom, with senior executives increasingly understanding the value of data to transform their businesses and to enter into new value pools.

    Volkmar explained that there are three key steps to embrace Big Data: understanding how a capability-driven data strategy can help drive business performance; finding a distinct owner within the organization to accelerate data and analytics maturity; and adding new Big Data capabilities which typically include changes to the operating model, key

    processes and Information Technology and to identify, as well as nurture, the right talent.

    “There is a pressing need to change cultures in an organisation to more data-driven decision making,” he added. “Starting with a few  specific opportunities to demonstrate the value of Big Data in pilots and attracting the right talent mix is key here.

    One of the conference’s many highlights was a memorable keynote address by the Rt. Hon. Francis Maude, Minister for the UK Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, who explained how Big Data had transformed the policy and work of his department.

    In his role, Rt. Hon. Francis Maude has used big data for a wide variety of public sector efficiency and reforms, including helping to improve transparency and accountability of government, enhancing the efficiency of buying and managing government goods and services, and creating a digital and unified civil service.

    “The first industrial revolution was based on iron, coal and steel. The industrial revolution of the 21st century will be based on data.Using data innovatively, thoroughly and rigorously can drive growth in significant way, enabling businesses to focus on what the customers want and personalise services. It is can also have an enormous impact in fields like life sciences. The scope here is absolutely enormous, but it needs to be done responsibly,” he said.

    There are strong indications that Big Data competency is likely to rapidly rise in the Middle East — with the rate of CIOs looking into investing in analytics and big data technologies growing more than tripling from only 12%in 2012 to more than 40%in 2013, according to intelligence firm IDC.

    Worldwide, IDC estimates that spending on Big Data technology and services will likely grow from USD3.2 billion in 2010 to USD16.9 billion in 2015, representing a CAGR of 40%, or about seven times that of the overall ICT market.

    Conference speaker Ronald Raffensperger, CTO at Huawei, said:“Data volumes are growing at an exponential rate and increasingly this data is unstructured – everything from click streams to videos to pictures to social media feeds. Organisations today are starting to realise that this data can be an important revenue-producing asset and that the creative use of this information can provide a real competitive advantage.

    One of the day’s key panellists, Paul Devlin,Director of Business Analytics & Database & Technology, SAP MENA, said: “We are in the midst of major technological, social and economic changes in the world, represented by the shift from the information age into the intelligent  age. Business and organisations must now deal with a huge tsunami of data that is growing every day, and they must be prepared to access, manage and use it to stay innovative and competitive.

    Devlin said that one of SAP’s key technologies for helping companies deal with Big Data is HANA, an in-memory computing business platform on which applica¬tions can be developed and deployed. The technology has been described by SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott as “the fastest growing software product in the history of the world.

    Earlier this year, SAP introduced SAP HANA (BSoH), the only solution that successfully combines transactional applications with analytics in-memory. The innovation dramatically simplifies IT architectures and processes, empowering businesses to achieve unprecedented speed and real-time predictive analysis. BSoH is also available via the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.

    Another conference speaker, Mahmood Shaker, CIO, Qatar First Bank, said: “Big data and the cloud can enable Qatar’s companies to maximise their potential. We’ve used big data to analyse our customers’ habits with the results helping us enhance our services, while the cloud has provided centralised on-the-go IT systems. At GITEX Technology Week’s Big Data Conference and Cloud Confex, we have been sharing best practices illustrating how Qatar’s small- and medium-sized enterprises can use big data and cloud solutions to operate like larger enterprises at a fraction of the IT cost.”

    Additional Big Data Conference speakers included Massimo Cannizo, Technology Consulting Lead, Accenture Middle East; Allen Mitchell, Regional Pre-Sales Manager, Commvault MEA; Regina Casonato, Managing VP, Gartner; Dr. Mustafa Qurban, Assistant Military Hospitals Director in Eastern Province for ICT and Consultant and Director IT at KFMMC; Zubair Ahmed, Head of IT & Business Innovation, Emirates Islamic Bank; Fadi Hindi, Vice President & Head of the Transformation Architecture Office, National Bank of Abu Dhabi; Abdulla Al Madani, Chief Executive  Officer – Corporate Technical Support Services Sector, RTA; and  Dr.Tolga Kurt, Istanbul Technical University, PlusOneMinusOne.

    Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “By hosting our first-ever Big Data Conference, GITEX Technology Week continues to drive thought leadership in the region. We saw incredible synergy between leading experts, analysts, and senior executives, and expect the fruits of this conference to be incredibly beneficial for the region’s businesses over the next year.

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  • Henry Martinez, Vice-President of Sales Engineering at Vision Solutions, says Gitex has become a meeting place for businesses where they meet partners and plan for the next year. His company is showcasing its new products and solutions at the Gitex, including Double-Take 7 and MIMIX. Double-Take 7 provides total workload mobility and protection without limits, says Henry.anuwarrierOct 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

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  • New Big Data Conference has widespread impact at GITEX Technology Week

    -ICT industry movers and shakers attend packed out event-

    -Over 40% of Middle East CIOs scoping investments in analytics and Big Data technology-

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Experts at GITEX Technology Week’s first ever Big Data Conference agree that the ability to intelligently understand and utilise Big Data will have a profound impact on innovation and competitiveness in the region. The packed Conference, supported by Diamond Sponsor Accenture, offered valuable insights on how Big Data increasingly becomes an unavoidable and compelling item at the top of the boardroom agenda. The 33rd edition of GITEX Technology Week 2013, running under the theme “Lets Create, Disrupt and Re-imagine Together”, runs until October 24 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

    Keynote speaker Volkmar Koch, Vice President and Partner at leading global management consulting firm Booz & Co, set the scene:

    “The sheer volume of structured and unstructured data driven by digitisation is calling for a host of new coping techniques, methods and analytics to effectively process and leverage.About 2.9 million emails are sent every second, 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute, and by the end of 2013 there will be more networked devices than people on earth. Data has now unavoidably become a topic in the boardroom, with senior executives increasingly understanding the value of data to transform their businesses and to enter into new value pools.

    Volkmar explained that there are three key steps to embrace Big Data: understanding how a capability-driven data strategy can help drive business performance; finding a distinct owner within the organisation to accelerate data and analytics maturity; and adding new Big Data capabilities which typically include changes to the operating model, key processes and Information Technology and to identify, as well as nurture, the right talent.

    “There is a pressing need to change cultures in an organisation to more data-driven decision making,” he added. “Starting with a few specific opportunities to demonstrate the value of Big Data in pilots and attracting the right talent mix is key here.

    One of the conference’s many highlights was a memorable keynote address by the Rt. Hon. Francis Maude, Minister for the UK Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, who explained how Big Data had transformed the policy and work of his department.

    In his role, Rt. Hon. Francis Maude has used big data for a wide variety of public sector efficiency and reforms, including helping to improve transparency and accountability of government, enhancing the efficiency of buying and managing government goods and services, and creating a digital and unified civil service.

    “The first industrial revolution was based on iron, coal and steel. The industrial revolution of the 21st century will be based on data.Using data innovatively, thoroughly and rigorously can drive growth in significant way, enabling businesses to focus on what the customers want and personalise services. It is can also have an enormous impact in fields like life sciences. The scope here is absolutely enormous, but it needs to be done responsibly,” he said.

    There are strong indications that Big Data competency is likely to rapidly rise in the Middle East -- with the rate of CIOs looking into investing in analytics and big data technologies growing more than tripling from only 12%in 2012 to more than 40%in 2013, according to intelligence firm IDC. .

    Worldwide, IDC estimates that spending on Big Data technology and services will likely grow from USD3.2 billion in 2010 to USD16.9 billion in 2015, representing a CAGR of 40%, or about seven times that of the overall ICT market.

    Conference speaker Ronald Raffensperger, CTO at Huawei, said:“Data volumes are growing at an exponential rate and increasingly this data is unstructured – everything from click streams to videos to pictures to social media feeds. Organisations today are starting to realise that this data can be an important revenue-producing asset and that the creative use of this information can provide a real competitive advantage

    One of the day’s key panellists, Paul Devlin,Director of Business Analytics & Database & Technology, SAP MENA, said:“We are in the midst of major technological, social and economic changes in the world, represented by the shift from the information age into the intelligent age. Business and organisations must now deal with a huge tsunami of data that is growing every day, and they must be prepared to access, manage and use it to stay innovative and competitive.

    Devlin said that one of SAP’s key technologies for helping companies deal with Big Data is HANA, an in-memory computing business platform on which applica¬tions can be developed and deployed. The technology has been described by SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott as "the fastest growing software product in the history of the world.

    Earlier this year, SAP introduced SAP HANA (BSoH), the only solution that successfully combines transactional applications with analytics in-memory. The innovation dramatically simplifies IT architectures and processes, empowering businesses to achieve unprecedented speed and real-time predictive analysis. BSoH is also available via the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service.

    Another conference speaker, Mahmood Shaker, CIO, Qatar First Bank, said: “Big data and the cloud can enable Qatar’s companies to maximise their potential. We’ve used big data to analyse our customers’ habits with the results helping us enhance our services, while the cloud has provided centralised on-the-go IT systems. At GITEX Technology Week’s Big Data Conference and Cloud Confex, we have been sharing best practices illustrating how Qatar’s small- and medium-sized enterprises can use big data and cloud solutions to operate like larger enterprises at a fraction of the IT cost.

    Additional Big Data Conference speakers included Massimo Cannizo, Technology Consulting Lead, Accenture Middle East; Allen Mitchell, Regional Pre-Sales Manager, Commvault MEA; Regina Casonato, Managing VP, Gartner; Dr. Mustafa Qurban, Assistant Military Hospitals Director in Eastern Province for ICT and Consultant and Director IT at KFMMC; Zubair Ahmed, Head of IT & Business Innovation, Emirates Islamic Bank; Fadi Hindi, Vice President & Head of the Transformation Architecture Office, National Bank of Abu Dhabi; Abdulla Al Madani, Chief Executive Officer - Corporate Technical Support Services Sector, RTA; and Dr.Tolga Kurt, Istanbul Technical University, PlusOneMinusOne.

    Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President at Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “By hosting our first-ever Big Data Conference, GITEX Technology Week continues to drive thought leadership in the region. We saw incredible synergy between leading experts, analysts, and senior executives, and expect the fruits of this conference to be incredibly beneficial for the region’s businesses over the next year.saqlain.shahOct 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

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  • Amodoria: Where Technology meets Fashion – NFC gets a makeover

    Founder Dadkarim Mulla addresses leaders in the mobile industry at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series Middle East to discuss Near Field Communication

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    In the GCC, Amodoria is pioneering NFC, near field communications, by introducing their line of fashion accessories with NFC capabilities. Dadkarim Mulla, co-founder and CEO of Amodoria is considered an expert of all things NFC and he recognises the need for a more integrated world. The technology can have a variety of applications in the world of fashion; Amodoria offers wearable technology in the form of NFC cufflinks and bracelets. .

    Mulla, who is speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 Series co-located with GITEX, commented: “the introduction of wearable technology can have a huge impact on today’s consumers by better integrating technology into their everyday lives. We’ve even introduced NFC capability to Apple phone products through NFC capable leather cases. This is intended to be a solution to the iPhone’s lack of NFC adaptability since Blackberry and Android are leading the way.
    According to research firm Strategy Analytics, almost 1.5 billion SIM-based NFC handsets will be sold between 2010 and 2016, which will support transactions of more than $50 billion globally over the same period, and fortunately the cost for its manufacturing and integration is low. NFC is being used to share data, for example business cards, web pages, images and file links; and also user identification, and door card readers.

    The financial industry has especially seen major changes to the way consumers make low value payments, with pre-paid public transport e.g. the Nol Dubai RTA card, and toll gate cards, or contactless cards in retail transactions. According to Berg Insight, the deployment of NFC ready point-of-sales terminals worldwide is set to expand dramatically in the next few years, with numbers growing from 6.7 million in 2012 to 44.6 million in 2017.

    Recognising this advance, Amodoria is currently exploring NFC being applied to basic financial transactions but addressing the fact that this does not come without financial risks. Identity fraud, theft and system security compromises are just a few of the worries many experts are having with the application of NFC banking. Amodoria continues to roll out an extensive programme with its NFC accessories that enable homes, offices, hotel rooms and E-gates to be accessible using the seamless technology. This is part of a larger programme to develop user friendly homes, offices and NFC functions within the outside world using day-to-day fashion items as opposed to programming specific cards.

    In the spirit of the GSMA partnership with GITEX Technology Week, the MENASA region’s top ICT event, Amodoria is focused on bringing technology to everyday products by better integrating technology into everyday consumer life in the hope that in the future all technology ‘will be able to talk to each other.’saqlain.shahOct 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM

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  • DHA to use ‘Smart Community Health Service’

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    Dr Ahmad bin Kalban, CEO of Primary Healthcare at the DHA, said that the new system will provide a boost to community health campaigns and will help analyze vital data. “The community health section at the DHA carries out more than 200 health campaigns annually, targeting different sections of society. We provide free screening services for blood pressure sugar, cholesterol, etc. during these campaigns. Previously all this data was entered manually and analysis was also done manually, which was a labour intensive and time consuming process. With the implementation of this system, all the data will be entered and analyzed electronically, this improves efficiencies, minimizes errors and it is in line with our smart e-health initiatives.
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