Marc Ferranti

Editor in Chief

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

Despite crisis, Middle East enterprise software spending holds steady

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...

Middle East IT spending forecast slashed, as cloud offers bright spot

Middle East IT spending forecast slashed, as cloud offers bright spot

Gartner reports that due to the coronavirus, spending on IT in the Middle East and North Africa will decline by 6 percent this year, in reversal of earlier expectations, as cash outlays on devices, IT services and data centres are...

UPDATE: Dubai Expo is postponed definitively until 2021
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UPDATE: Dubai Expo is postponed definitively until 2021

The organisation governing officially designated world's fairs has voted to postpone Dubai Expo 2020, considered to be an IoT-driven, smart-city prototype.

Senegal accelerates e-commerce initiatives to combat COVID-19

Senegal accelerates e-commerce initiatives to combat COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed Senegal to speed up the rollout of a public e-commerce platform, projects for internet infrastructure development and legislation governing data collection, paving the way for new business...

Saudi Arabia to push multicloud, security adoption in wake of COVID-19

Saudi Arabia to push multicloud, security adoption in wake of COVID-19

The novel coronavirus is speeding up adoption of cloud and emerging technology in the Kingdom, IDC says, but it is also likely to expose security weaknesses amid rising geopolitical tensions.

Zain upgrades 5G network to improve service level agreements

Zain upgrades 5G network to improve service level agreements

SRv6 traffic engineering helps enable network slicing, giving operators the ability to optimise the same physical network for different services.

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