Friday , 23 February 2018

Computing & IT

UAE and Saudi Arabia forecast to be big markets for IT spending in 2018 – expert

IT spending in UAE expected to rise to $7.7bln this year Image for illustrative purposes. Saudi shoppers spent 4,000 riyals each online last year, according to the government’s Communications and Information Technology Commission. Yasmine Saleh, ZAWYA The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are forecast to be among the biggest markets for information technology (IT) spending in the Middle East …

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Alibaba Cloud to open its second data centre in Dubai next year

Company’s long-term goal is to establish cloud computing as digital foundation for new global economy Dubai – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, is set to open its second data centre in Dubai next year, a top company official said. The company opened its first new data centre in the Middle East in Dubai …

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Digital conference will gather more than 1,600 leaders and entrepreneurs in Riyadh

For the sixth year in a row, ArabNet Riyadh — the largest and most influential digital conference in the Kingdom — is gathering more than 1,600 regional/international digital professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs, to discuss the digital future in the region. The conference, which will be held December 11-13 at the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski, is hosted by King Abdul Aziz …

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UAE central bank to set up cybersecurity department for financial institutions – governor

By Nada Al Rifai UAE central bank governor said a minimum set of standards for cybersecurity controls will be established in coordination with the National Electronic Security Authority The central bank of the United Arab Emirates has taken a set of decisions to mitigate cyber-risks that are likely to increase with the digitalisation of financial services, its governor said today. …

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Amazon’s technology head to speak at next week’s GITEX

Amazon’s chief technology officer, Werner Vogels, has been recruited to deliver a keynote speech at this year’s GITEX Technology Week. Vogels is set to discuss Amazon’s growth from a start-up to the world’s fourth-biggest company by market capitalisation, according to the Financial Times Global 500 rankings. Amazon has also taken a major stride into the Middle East this year following …

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Job openings: Apple in UAE is hiring new staff

Apple has just announced new vacancies for UAE jobseekers looking to pursue a career with the multi-million dollar company.The American tech giant, which sells hundreds of millions of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other gadgets in more than 150 countries including the UAE, has posted on its career site this month’s employment openings for at least 16 roles. The latest round …

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How CFOs can lead cloud adoption

CFOs know a cloud strategy can bring out positive change in a company, by speeding up digitisation and influencing the organisation’s cost structure and financial strategy. Indeed, cloud computing is a powerful new tool for growth, lowering capital expenditure, reducing IT and business costs, and opening up new market opportunities. However, CFOs often need to convince the board and employees …

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Cloud migration can help finance reap rewards

Cloud-based finance technology is an attractive proposition for forward-looking finance leaders looking to increase business performance, optimize operational efficiency and keep up with regulatory changes. Furthermore, moving finance to the cloud will help truly transform it into a strategic function. A tipping point for finance Amid the digitisation of the economy, the finance function is at a tipping point. Today’s …

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Facebook celebrates MENA winners of First Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

The Bots for Messenger Challenge was launched on February 15th this year, in 64 countries across the wider Middle East and Africa to recognize and reward developers who were able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger. Facebook (www.Facebook.com) selected 3 winners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 60 finalists as part of the first-ever …

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UAE’s Union Insurance appoints Etisalat to manage IT network infrastructure

Union Insurance has appointed Etisalat to manage its core IT network infrastructure which will allow the company to focus on delivering innovative, high-value insurance products to their customers in the UAE. As one of the early adopters of Etisalat’s Managed Telephony and Data Connectivity solutions, Union Insurance is now outsourcing the operations and management of their entire network including LAN …

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