Andrea Benito

Middle East Editor

Andrea Benito is editor at CIO Middle East.

Middle East tech leaders share business continuity lessons from the pandemic

How Middle East technology leaders can attract women to cybersecurity

How Middle East technology leaders can attract women to cybersecurity

Demand for cybersecurity professionals is increasing, and this is just one reason why Middle Eastern IT leaders need to attract more women to the profession. Executives at GISEC 2021 offered tips to attract a more diverse workforce. ...

GISEC: For zero trust in healthcare, assume you're always under attack

GISEC: For zero trust in healthcare, assume you're always under attack

An increase in connected devices means an increase in cyberthreats, and healthcare organizations are a big target. Since traditional perimeter security is no longer sufficient, a zero trust approach to security is necessary, say...

Service excellence builds trust in IT as tech tools transform campus

Service excellence builds trust in IT as tech tools transform campus

American University of Beirut is redefining its entire IT infrastructure with the ultimate goal of enriching the lives of its students. COVID accelerated the plan.

 LuLu's post-COVID strategy rests on omnichannel retail, data management

LuLu's post-COVID strategy rests on omnichannel retail, data management

COVID has accelerated big changes in retail that were already under way. Current market conditions, combined with changing customer expectations, require accelerating digital transformation and innovation of traditional business...

Blockchain, remote learning tools optimize school management at AMSI

Blockchain, remote learning tools optimize school management at AMSI

Use of blockchain for academic records and diplomas at Academia Management Solutions International (AMSI) aligns with Dubai's goal to broadly deploy the distributed ledger technology.

Abu Dhabi Airports leverage AI, mobile app, for contactless travel safety

Abu Dhabi Airports leverage AI, mobile app, for contactless travel safety

John Barton joined Abu Dhabi Airports as CIO on March 1, 2020, just when the pandemic crisis was erupting, and immediately put in place an AI, big data analytics and mobile strategy to optimize passenger flow, safety protocols and...

Hajar Almaazmi leads IT to transform financial services at Ajman Bank

Hajar Almaazmi leads IT to transform financial services at Ajman Bank

With almost 20 years of IT and business experience, as well as a strong reputation in the UAE tech landscape as one of the first female IT heads in the country, Hajar Almaazmi has piloted digital transformation efforts in order to...

Q&A: Automation, AI optimize workflow and travel safety at TAV Airports

Q&A: Automation, AI optimize workflow and travel safety at TAV Airports

M. Kerem Öztürk and Hakan Öker, executives at Turkey-based TAV Airports, explain how emerging tech including big data, AI and automation have helped ensure passenger safety during the pandemic, while optimizing business processes.

CIO50 Middle East 2021: Introducing the top 50 tech leaders in the Middle East

CIO50 Middle East 2021: Introducing the top 50 tech leaders in the Middle East

A record-breaking pool of nearly 90 nominees was winnowed down to 50 senior technology executives awarded for driving innovation, strengthening resiliency, and influencing rapid change.

Shumon Zaman takes Ali & Sons to cloud, in digital transformation journey

Shumon Zaman takes Ali & Sons to cloud, in digital transformation journey

In this Q&A, the ex-VP of technology at Lamprell lays out his priorities for digital transformation in his new role at industrial and energy conglomerate Ali & Sons.

Taking a risk on innovation: Fine Hygienic Holding moves to the cloud

Taking a risk on innovation: Fine Hygienic Holding moves to the cloud

Legacy IT systems were hampering FHH's goals to expand globally and launch an IPO, so CIO Yahyah Pandor embraced digital transformation and took the leap to the cloud, moving applications and data, revamping budgeting and supply chain...

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