Marc Ferranti

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

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...

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.

Enterprise software, cloud demand fuels Middle East 2020 IT spending

Enterprise software, cloud demand fuels Middle East 2020 IT spending

Spending on IaaS and SaaS jumps, but MENA enterprises still invest in on-premises data centres, Gartner reports.

Oracle opens cloud region in Jeddah, with more Gulf sites to come

Oracle opens cloud region in Jeddah, with more Gulf sites to come

More Oracle Gen 2 cloud data centres are on the way this year for Saudi Arabia and UAE.

South Africa IT spending to rise to $26.4 billion in 2020, IDC reports

South Africa IT spending to rise to $26.4 billion in 2020, IDC reports

Enterprise uptake of software and services fuels overall spending increase.

Israeli tech leaders: Ecommerce, telcos, healthcare ripe for disruption

Israeli tech leaders: Ecommerce, telcos, healthcare ripe for disruption

Technology executives polled by KPMG may be bellwether for industries undergoing transformation.

Mobile tech fuels Middle East economy as 5G becomes reality, GSMA says

Mobile tech fuels Middle East economy as 5G becomes reality, GSMA says

Enterprises need to get ready as mobile broadband drives use of emerging technology including IoT, VR and artificial intelligence.

Tunga taps African IT talent to meet growing demand for developers

Tunga taps African IT talent to meet growing demand for developers

The impact sourcing startup, which this week opened a new African office in Lagos, offers lessons for managing virtual developer teams.

Middle East enterprise software, data centre spending rises

Middle East enterprise software, data centre spending rises

CIOs boost investments in digital initiatives as spending on devices, mobile phones falls, Gartner says.

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