Ericsson to demonstrate ‘Networked Society’ at GITEX

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - August 20th, 2014

Returning to GITEX after a 5 year absence, Ericsson will demonstrate ‘Life in the Networked Society’ at this year’s conference at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Trading up

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - August 19th, 2014

With an undeniable dedication to world-class service for its countless visitors, vendors and exhibitors, Farid Farouq, Vice President, IT, knows the Dubai World Trade Centre must stay on the cutting edge of technology. When it came time for an infrastructure upgrade, Farouq knew it would not be a small task.

BlackBerry partners with TRA to support mGovernment

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - August 10th, 2014

BlackBerry has announced that it is collaborating with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to support the mGovernment initiative outlined and defined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, …

Xilopix braces for E-commerce engine launch

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - July 30th, 2014

Xilopix is all set to launch Xilopix for E-Commerce, a search and navigation engine that helps businesses turn visitors into customers, for the MEASA region during GITEX Technology Week 2014. Built on Xilopix …

To boldly go

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 23rd, 2014

Ahmed Yahya, Chief Information Officer, Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre, takes time out to speak to CNME about his career journey which led him to the Abu Dhabi firm.

Building the future

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 23rd, 2014

An event that spanned the region, with workshops in Dubai, Doha and Riyadh, CNME’s Data Centre Build allowed its partners and expert speakers to shed light on the unique challenges and opportunities for virtualisation in the Middle East.

Cutting edge

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 15th, 2014

With the systems integrators market evolving, IT leaders have the opportunity to tailor their skills to specific verticals and areas of SI specialisation. Which verticals offer the best opportunities for growth and what types of projects will SIs have to specialise in?

Refreshing change

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 1st, 2014

When Dubai Refreshments’ ERP systems needed refreshing, the company was faced with a choice. Either they could upgrade their current systems, or they could go on a search for a suite of modules the fit their every need. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Anas Taraben, CIO, investigated what it would take to quench the business’ thirst for innovation.

Safety first

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 1st, 2014

Three-day IT security conference GISEC 2014 gave the masses a chance to meet first class security vendors as well as listen to presentations from internationally renowned security professionals. CNME reports from day one of the show.

Real time shopping data app released in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 24th, 2014

A free app bringing a ‘mystery shopping’ concept has been released in the UAE.

Red Hat announces Enterprise Linux 7 release

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - June 24th, 2014

On 10th June,Red Hat made official the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. The latest release of the company’s flagship platform, RHEL 7 not only lays the foundation for the open hybrid cloud and serves enterprise workloads across converged infrastructures, but it also pushes the operating system beyond today’s position as a commodity platform.

Hot property

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 9th, 2014

Abdulsalam Al Bastaki knows exactly what he wants from his employees. An eight year stint in the USA has enabled the Senior Executive Director of Information Management at Dubai Properties Group to teach them how to operate independently, and has helped him to implement new IT infrastructure at a range of top companies.

IT on all fronts

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 9th, 2014

Khalifa Fund IT Director Dr. Zuhair Lardhi has been a mainstay of the Middle East IT industry, but in the midst of his career progression he found the time to satisfy his passion for academia.

In the driving seat

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 8th, 2014

Benvir Padda has never been one to take things easy and see where he ends up. From a young age, the Legatum IT chief always made sure that things were never left to chance.

Broadcast the passion

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 5th, 2014

Striving to keep up with a high-achieving family, Ali Radhi, Head of IT, MBC, has relied on his relentless passion for technology to find professional success.

Thirst for knowledge

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 5th, 2014

Neil Menezes’ journey to becoming Group Director of Information Technology Operations at Jumeirah Group was a series of personal highlights, which saw an initial interest in computer games transform into a thirst for networking expertise.

Rethinking security for the new world

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - May 29th, 2014

With information security taking centre stage in the wake of new threats, CNME’s Security Strategist 2014 conference, organised in association with aeCERT, brought together the leading security practitioners in the region to discuss trends, concerns and solutions.

Rubbish rebooted

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 20th, 2014

Waste has been managed in the same way with the same technologies for decades. Amin Al Zarouni, Head of ICT, Bee’ah, and his team have taken the traditional idea of waste management and turned it on its head.

Banking on IT

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 18th, 2014

During CNME’s annual Security Strategist conference a group of the region’s banking IT leaders met to discuss the current state of banking security, and the future of the industry. In partnership with CNME, aeCERT hosted the event which explored threats specific to the banking industry.

Soaring threats

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 18th, 2014

: In conjunction with Palo Alto Networks, CNME hosted a security roundtable for delegates from the aviation and logistics industries at the Habtoor Grand Hotel as part of its Security Strategist Conference in April, where IT leaders discussed the security issues their industry is facing.

Unified decision makers

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

In association with Alcatel-Lucent, CNME hosted a roundtable on Unified Communications at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai. IT executives from a range of industries gathered to share their views on a technology that polarises opinion, and awaits widespread adoption.

GISEC turns the spotlight on crucial security tactics

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - May 13th, 2014

In the wake of increasing global cybercrimes and cyber-attacks, the importance of information security as the top priority of governments, businesses and security services in the Middle East has prompted significant investments to …

Ericsson showcases HetNet at LTE MENA 2014

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 12th, 2014

Ericsson is showcasing its HetNet (heterogeneous network) solution, which is designed to meet the connectivity challenges of smart cities, at LTE Mena 2014 in Dubai.

Etisalat hosting ‘Digital Connect’ conference on 5th May

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 29th, 2014

Etisalat is hosting its ‘Digital Connect’ event on the morning of 5th May at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai.

COINS wins Queen’s Award after ME provides growth

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 22nd, 2014

Construction industry software firm Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in recognition of their growth in overseas earnings and commercial success in the construction sector, with the Middle East providing 26 percent of overseas growth in the past three years.

Huawei GM: UAE moving ahead in digital industrial era

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 14th, 2014

CNME Online connects with Mr. Peng Xiongji, General Manager, Huawei UAE, on what Dubai residents can expect to see as a result of investments contributing to the Dubai Smart City Project.

Kingdom connect

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 8th, 2014

Saudi Arabian Airlines have provisioned a $1 billion deal to implement the IT infrastructure for King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia. James Dartnell reports from the development to find out how the airline’s privatised IT arm aims to inspire the next generation of Saudis.

Symantec hotseat far from secure

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 31st, 2014

It seems sadly ironic that the role of Symantec CEO is shrouded in insecurity. The antivirus and security software vendor this week sacked Steve Bennett. This is the second time they have fired …

IT spending by UAE businesses to top $4.6 Billion in 2014

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 30th, 2014

Business IT spending in the UAE is expected to increase 8.3% year on year in 2014 to total $4.63 billion, according to the latest figures released today by IDC.

ISACA Chapter Excellence hosts inaugural awards

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - March 27th, 2014

The Annual ISACA UAE Chapter Excellence Awards had its inaugural ceremony on 15th March.

CNME hosts fifth annual Network World ME Awards

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 25th, 2014

CNME hosted its fifth annual Network World ME awards last night at the Godolphin Ballroom in Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Game, set, match.

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - March 17th, 2014

SAP is utilising its HANA platform to provide tools that produce, analyse and visualise sport data. CNME sat down with Jenni
Lewis, Solutions Architect, Global Marketing, SAP, to see how technology is transforming the way sport is being played.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 10th, 2014

With Expo 2020 coming to Dubai, a huge opportunity lies in wait for the Middle East’s CIOs to leave a legacy of first-class mega projects. What will it take for these projects to succeed and what timeframes and budgets will IT leaders need to do them fair justice?

EES announces Dubai Gartner Symposium sponsorship

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 10th, 2014

Systems integrator and solutions provider Emitac Enterprise Solutions today announced its participation in the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014 in Dubai from April 1st-3rd.

UAE announced as ITU 2014 conference hosts

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 6th, 2014

The UAE has been selected with the consent of all ITU member states, to host the sixth International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC).

Etisalat announces 18% revenue growth for 2013

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 6th, 2014

Etisalat enjoyed an 18% increase on consolidated revenues between 2012-2013, as they jumped to AED 38.9 billion, while it gained 9 million aggregate net subscribers, taking the number to 148 million.

Fujitsu to support infrastructure update at Dubai’s Modern Bakery

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 25th, 2014

Fujitsu has announced that Modern Bakery in Dubai has selected the SAP HANA platform running on Fujitsu Power Appliance for a strategic project to update the bakery’s IT infrastructure.

IDC launches Technology Advisory Council before CIO summit

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

IDC today launched its Technology Advisory Council for the Gulf region during a press conference held at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel.

ITS announces Smart Government agreement for GCC nations

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

International Turnkey Systems Group (ITS) has announced a series of agreements to implement Smart Government solutions and provide a range of e-government services for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Ericsson UAE’s ‘Great Place to Work’ rank goes up

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 13th, 2014

Ericsson has been recognized as the 4th Great Place to Work in the UAE in 2014, as announced during a ceremony held in Dubai yesterday. The ranking follows a survey covering companies across …

RSA hosts Dubai Security Summit

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 4th, 2014

RSA, the security division of EMC, yesterday hosted its Security Summit, a one day security conference in Dubai aimed at helping organisations address evolving, complex and sensitive security challenges.

TRA launches first 2014 IPV6 training tourse for UAE government entities

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 4th, 2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s 2014 IPV6 training courses are currently underway in the TRA offices both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Review: Porsche Design P9982 from BlackBerry

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 4th, 2014

The P9982′s price tag is absolutely mad when you think about the device that you’re actually getting, though perhaps it’s the madness that makes it special.

New responsibilities

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 4th, 2014

As more security technologies have made the switch from analogue to Internet Protocol, lines between security and IT have blurred, with CIOs and IT heads becoming increasingly responsible for an organsiation’s security.

Brightcove launches ME office in Dubai

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 3rd, 2014

Cloud video provider Brightcove has announced the expansion of its operations with the opening of its office in Dubai.

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