Gulf IT leaders learn business continuity lessons during COVID crisis

Jason Roos, CIO at KAUST; Mohamed Mousa, CISO at IKEA Saudi Arabia /Bahrain; and Faisal Ali, Group CIO at Gargash Group, explain how business continuity plans helped keep their organizations working during the coronavirus outbreak.

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It was 2015 when Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates warned about the threat of a pandemic during a TED talk titled "The Next Outbreak? We're Not Ready." As we have seen, the world was in fact not ready, but the coronavirus pandemic has shown that technology is a major ally during a disruptive crisis, allowing us to be connected and businesses to continue operating.

During these tough times, CIOs can play a prominent role in establishing resilience for their organizations, in order to ensure business continuity throughout the coronavirus crisis and beyond. CIO Middle East talked to teach leaders in different sectors to know more about how their companies are operating during the coronavirus pandemic and lessons they have learned about  business continuity planning (BCP); the issues that come up are not only about technology.

Preparedness, adaptability and agility are key

Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has moved to a work-from-home paradigm in line with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia business directives established to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. KAUST is proud to say that they have made the transition to a fully virtual educational model.

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Jason Roos is CIO of Kaust.

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