5 questions Middle East CIOs need to answer in 2020

From cloud migration to gender pay gaps, IoT, 5G deployment, and users’ propensity to click the wrong links, tech leaders have a challenging year ahead.

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Reflection and anticipation are the hallmarks of the start to the new year, and in the Middle East, CIOs have unfinished business in several key areas related to technology as well as human resources. Here are five questions about cloud, security, IoT, 5G and diversity that are likely to play starring roles in January's brainstorming sessions: 

What is the true cost of cloud migration?

The pressure to migrate cloudwards grows with each passing year. The business case for cloud seems enticing – predictable, flexible costs, where organisations pay only for what they use. But migration may not be that simple, and tech leaders should be wary of the bright-horizon narratives offered by service providers.

According to Santhosh Rao, senior director analyst at Gartner, the Middle East cloud market shows "no clear leader". So, expect a scramble among vendors to craft comforting migration narratives aimed at winning more adopters, characterised by memetic cost-cutting messages.

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