Marc Ferranti

Editor in Chief

Marc Ferranti is the editor in chief of the IDG News Service, and is based in New York.

AI plan points to Saudi Arabia's global ambitions, future beyond oil

Africa faces new financial, hacker-for-hire cybersecurity threats

Africa faces new financial, hacker-for-hire cybersecurity threats

The good news is that overall, malware is down in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky says. The bad news: New cybersecurity threats are on the rise, exploiting uncertainty during the pandemic.

UAE, Bahrain tech leaders gauge impact of Israel accords on business

UAE, Bahrain tech leaders gauge impact of Israel accords on business

The normalization deals between Israel and Gulf countries Bahrain and UAE will pave the way to technology innovation and the transfer of IT and expertise, say enterprise tech leaders — but it will take time.

Q&A: Inside Andela's move to a remote, contractor model for developers

Q&A: Inside Andela's move to a remote, contractor model for developers

Andela CTO David Blair explains why the tech talent company is shifting its business model, the role IT plays in supporting the move, and offers some best-practices tips for managing a remote workforce.

Oracle opens Dubai cloud region, Abu Dhabi to follow

Oracle opens Dubai cloud region, Abu Dhabi to follow

By the middle of next year, Oracle will have two cloud regions in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia, as enterprises in the region pick up the pace of cloud adoption.

Despite crisis, Middle East enterprise software spending holds steady

Despite crisis, Middle East enterprise software spending holds steady

A new Gartner forecast shows an uptick in spending on CRM, SCM and ERP software in the Middle East as the coronavirus pandemic depresses enterprise revenue and curbs overall IT budgets.

Business-friendly rules, infrastructure make UAE a Gulf IT talent magnet

Business-friendly rules, infrastructure make UAE a Gulf IT talent magnet

Though the pandemic has hit the UAE hard, a liberalised regulatory regime and emphasis on private-sector participation continue to make the Emirates a top destination for tech talent in the Middle East, according to a new Velocity...

Security report: Data on 25,000 UAE police put on sale on web forum

Security report: Data on 25,000 UAE police put on sale on web forum

Security firm CloudSek says that personally identifiable information on UAE police officers has been put up for sale on a data-sharing web forum; the source of the data is unknown.

Sudan turns to digital payment systems to speed COVID aid, spur economy

Sudan turns to digital payment systems to speed COVID aid, spur economy

Sudan's move to join the U.N.'s Better Than Cash Alliance is its latest step to transition the country to digital payment systems

IDC: PC shipments plunge in Africa, as South Africa gets hit worst

IDC: PC shipments plunge in Africa, as South Africa gets hit worst

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the lowest number of PC shipments in the Africa-Middle East region since 2009, as South Africa is affected by weak rand, IDC says.

IDC: PC shipments plunge in Middle East, but Turkey rebounds

IDC: PC shipments plunge in Middle East, but Turkey rebounds

Coronavirus curbs demand across the Middle East and Africa, but the Turkish market saw a rebound from last year, and the education sector buoyed tablet sales in Egypt, IDC says.

Iran-linked group hacked Kuwait, Saudi transport, government entities

Iran-linked group hacked Kuwait, Saudi transport, government entities

Bitdefender reports that hacking group Chafer attacked government-affiliated entities in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, after a history of targeting Iranian individuals as well as Middle East government entities, airlines and telecom...

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