Interview 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.
Feature 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.
Interview Ooredo CTO Nigel Thomas Byrne discusses how the company is accelerating its own digital transformation plans with the aim to be at the forefront of the 5G revolution not only the Middle East, but worldwide.
Feature During Gitex, the biggest tech event in the Middle East, experts in the cybersecurity field highlighted the vital role of the CISO in business strategy as well as the security.
Feature At the first edition of IDC's Women Transforming Technology Summit - Middle East, women IT leaders highlight how diversity plays a growing role in technology in the region, and suggest ways to continue the trend.
News 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.
Interview 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.
Interview In this Q&A, Dr. Osama Alswailem, CIO at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, discusses how the pandemic fueled a digital transformation that was already underway in healthcare.
Feature 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.
Interview First Abu Dhabi Bank Group CIO Yuri Misnik says that in the wake of COVID, the workplace will never be the same. Here's what he learned about business continuity during the pandemic.
Feature Abu Dhabi Terminals has already invested heavily in automation, and is now further automating its port management capabilities by deploying AI for smart container tracking and autonomous shuttle capabilities.
Feature 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.
Feature 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.
News Analysis 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
Feature 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.rn
Feature 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.
Feature 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.
Feature 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.
Feature 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.
Interview 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.
Feature 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.
Interview 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.
Feature 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.
Feature Careem CISO Christian Papathanasiou explains the business shifts and strategy behind its Super App, new security issues the company faces and how the company has dealt with the pandemic.
Feature 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
Interview 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.
Interview 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.
Feature The pandemic has not stopped the Dubai-based destination management business from expanding its client base and tour, travel offerings.
Interview Krishnan Gopi, chief disruption officer at GEMS Education, explains how analytics, AI, virtual reality and blockchain will transform education and why every company should have a CDO.
Feature ADNOC's Panorama command centre is helping to ensure business continuity by enabling real-time decision-making through secure remote access to data and analysis across the company's many business units.
Feature American Hospital Dubai is moving to SaaS-based ERP and a new electronic health records system to optimise operations and make better-informed decisions for successful clinical outcomes.
Feature First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) is deploying digital services and entrusting data to AWS and Azure to maintain a leading position as new players challenge traditional financial services.
Feature As part of the Smart Dubai 2021 initiative, Dubai Police are developing AI applications and ‘robocops’. They're also working to overcome concerns of the residents they are serving.
Feature Jason Roos, CIO at KAUST; Mohamed Mousa, CISO at IKEA Saudi Arabia /Bahrain; and Faisal Ali, Group CIO at Gargash Group, explain how business continuity plans helped keep their organizations working during the coronavirus outbreak.
Feature IMC has launched an AI smart reporting and wellness app, and now looks forward to deploying software robots and cloud tech to achieve efficiencies in a time of cost-cutting.
Feature Hisham Mohamed, CISO of the financial institution's Egyptian arm, explains how the bank is integrating a new transaction platform into its IT infrastructure, and taking a more proactive cyberscecurity stance.
Feature Al Safeer Group CIO Partha Banerjee lays out the giant retailer’s strategy for staying abreast of an evolving market in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Feature Tech executives from the tourist, law, and education sectors tell CIO Middle East about how their companies are navigating the coronavirus crisis, and how they have adapted their IT strategies.rn
Interview 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
Feature 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.
Feature Abdulrahman Al-Yahya outlines how KPMG has invested in the region, and lessons learned from the global consultancy's own digital transformation journey.
Feature Fichte & Co.'s Matthew Peet brings an 'experimentation mindset' to the CIO role as AI, cloud and smart contracts shake up the legal profession.