Andrea Benito

Andrea Benito

Middle East Editor

Andrea Benito is editor at CIO Middle East.

Articles by Andrea Benito

Anadolu Efes CIO drives AI-fuelled data, analytics strategy
Interview

Anadolu Efes CIO drives AI-fuelled data, analytics strategy

Murat Ozkan, chief information and digital officer at Anadolu Efes, the Turkey-based international beverages company, talks about how a data management strategy comprising AI and analytics will sustain further growth.
February 16, 2022
Data, analytics are key to efficiency for Gulf oil and gas sector
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Data, analytics are key to efficiency for Gulf oil and gas sector

The disruption caused by the pandemic is putting more pressure on the oil and gas sector to achieve operational efficiencies through big data analytics, said energy industry insiders at the recent ADIPEC conference.
December 14, 2021
LaLiga Tech plans to grow in the Middle East with data, analytics services
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LaLiga Tech plans to grow in the Middle East with data, analytics services

LaLiga Tech, the technology division spinoff of Spain's professional football league, is offering a suite of tools to help create a variety of fan engagement and management applications, and help the sports franchise gain a stronger foothold in regions like the Middle East.
October 4, 2021
Tasheel Finance CISO: Cybersecurity is a business issue
Interview

Tasheel Finance CISO: Cybersecurity is a business issue

Mohamed Al Doseri, CISO of Saudi Arabia-based Tasheel Finance, says that cybersecurity is not just a tech problem. Security professionals bring business policy and tech procedures together as threat levels change.
September 25, 2021
Digital transformation at Atlantis The Palm points to future of hospitality
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Digital transformation at Atlantis The Palm points to future of hospitality

The future of the hospitality industry is contactless. Digital transformation at luxury resort Atlantis The Palm means that guests can get just about any service through mobile apps and voice-activated devices in their rooms, and receive rewards via a blockchain-based platform.
August 24, 2021
Middle East tech leaders share business continuity lessons from the pandemic
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Middle East tech leaders share business continuity lessons from the pandemic

Responding to the pandemic has highlighted the strategies needed to respond to crises and drive future success. Hajar Almaazmi, head of IT at Ajman Bank; Yuri Misnik, CTO at First Abu Dhabi Bank; Arturo Garcia, chief automation officer at Abu Dhabi Terminals; and Mohamed Roushdy, ex-CIO at Dubai Asset Management, explain how business continuity plans helped keep their organizations working.
July 3, 2021
GISEC: For zero trust in healthcare, assume you’re always under attack
News Analysis

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 industry insiders at GISEC. rn
June 1, 2021
LuLu’s post-COVID strategy rests on omnichannel retail, data management
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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 models, says LuLu Group CIO Piyush Chowhan.
April 27, 2021
Abu Dhabi Airports leverage AI, mobile app, for contactless travel safety
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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 staff communications.
March 23, 2021
Hajar Almaazmi leads IT to transform financial services at Ajman Bank
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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 meet rising customer expectations for comprehensive digital financial services.
March 9, 2021
Taking a risk on innovation: Fine Hygienic Holding moves to the cloud
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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 operations on the way.
November 11, 2020
UAE, Bahrain tech leaders gauge impact of Israel accords on business
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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.rn
October 20, 2020
Q&A: Analytics, digitalization drive KOJ’s omnichannel retail strategy
Interview

Q&A: Analytics, digitalization drive KOJ’s omnichannel retail strategy

Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group (KOJ) Deputy CEO Ian Halliwell leads globally dispersed teams for IT and other support operations; here's how he's driving digitalization and deploying analytics to enhance the customer experience as e-commerce grows in importance.
October 12, 2020
Q&A: For digital transformation projects, resistance is inevitable
Interview

Q&A: For digital transformation projects, resistance is inevitable

Hadi el Arawi, senior technology consultant for Riyadh and former J. Walter Thompson regional director, warns fellow IT decision makers to plan for pushback against big digitalization projects, a lesson learned from a major service desk transformation.
October 3, 2020
Q&A: Consult stakeholders and aim for long-term goals, for IT success
Interview

Q&A: Consult stakeholders and aim for long-term goals, for IT success

Telecommunications companies are on the forefront of change in IT, and for society at large. UAE-based telecoms tech leader Pedram Dehghani talks about how CIOs should keep in mind the benefits of tech projects for all stakeholders, and long-term goals.rn
May 13, 2020
How automation helps Abu Dhabi Terminals work remotely
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How automation helps Abu Dhabi Terminals work remotely

Arturo García, chief automation officer at Abu Dhabi Terminals shares best practices for enabling a remote workforce and supporting business continuity, one of the key challenges during the coronavirus crisis.
May 6, 2020