Gitex Technology Week 2014

12-16 October 2014

Dubai World Trade Centre

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Cloud Confex - 13 Oct
09:00 - 09:30
GLOBAL CASE STUDY

Moving to the cloud reduces costs from infrastructure perspective, however the transition can provide a whole new perspective on what I.T. is and can deliver.

Learn more about this transition and how I.T. can rebuild itself as a service delivery organization that is...
Speaker(s)  Ashi Sheth, Manager of Enterprise Platforms, Netflix Inc
09:30 - 10:15
Project teams often use shadow IT, instead of the more slower moving traditional IT, to facilitate rapidly changing complex business requirements and quick release cycles. As a result an unmanaged, ungoverned set of IT solutions reside in enterprises that keeps the CIO awake at night. This session will present how...
Speaker(s)  Dimithu Leelarathe, Senior Architect, WSO2
10:15 - 11:00
REGIONAL CASE STUDY

Maintaining high standards of I.T. delivery through optimisation of the cloud require well-defined management strategies. Are companies effectively using the right policies to nurture growth, instead of limiting opportunities with permissions? Understand how the KOJ Group reduced administration costs by 50% using the...
Speaker(s)  Thameem Rizvon, IT Director, Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group
11:00 - 11:30
Speaker(s)  Nick Millman, Managing Director, Accenture
11:30 - 13:40
13:45 - 14:15
PRESENTATION

No doubt that the mobility boom has forced all organizations to make use of this latest technological trend to improve their operations and customer service. This is a case study of Gulf Air to show how it is managing its private cloud mobility ecosystem including its pioneer...
Speaker(s)  Dr. Jassim Haji, Director Information Technology, Gulf Air
14:45 - 15:15
Virtualization is happening at various points in the network. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are changing the options for Operators and Enterprises alike. Supporting cloud services requires well-defined I.T. management strategies that can evolve to handle the rich demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) and...
Speaker(s)  Robin Mersh, Chief Operating Officer, Broadband Forum
15:15 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:00
In the cloud era, it is imperative for businesses to balance service with security to survive. Learn how to assess the risks associated with cloud implementations Discuss auditing usage, security, outages and disaster recovery Understand measuring performance, reliability and the trustworthiness of your providers Industry...
Speaker(s)  Daniele Catteddu, Managing Director - EMEA, Cloud Security Alliance
16:00 - 16:45
PANEL DISCUSSION

The success of the cloud model has allowed even growing companies to leverage the benefits of enterprise technology. This has created a level playing field for businesses, thereby giving smaller players an equal opportunity to compete by being able to access enterprise class solutions with ease...
Speaker(s)  Jonas Zelba, Senior Research Analyst Information & Communication Technologies Middle East & North Africa, Frost & Sullivan
Sanjay K Joglekar, Group IT Manager, Fujairah National Group
Omar Ali Marosh, IT Specialist, Ajman Land & Property Department
Mohammed Shah, Head of IT & Business Solutions, AMS Baeshen Company
17:00 - 17:10

Big Data - 14 Oct
09:00 - 09:30
Big data is not about collecting data, it’s about how we harness this information and as a community empower citizens with information and intelligence.
Speaker(s)  Simon Torrance, Member, Big Data Programme, World Economic Forum
09:30 - 10:00
Social Networking Sites have revolutionized everyday communication, marketing, as well as our perception of the world. Furthermore, various physical social technologies which enable harvesting of the collective intelligence of groups have started to become more widely spread. On the other hand, data mining techniques have started to become tailored to...
Speaker(s)  Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:15
Big Data can mean big benefits for business, if you understand how to approach it correctly. Staying clear of inflated expectations Know the limits – learn how to separate myth from reality Business Intelligence versus Big Data – what’s the difference? Lessons from the past...
Speaker(s)  Haritha Ramachandran, Industry Manager Information and Communication Technologies, Frost & Sullivan
11:15 - 11:45
Speaker(s)  Nick Millman, Managing Director, Accenture
11:45 - 12:15
Big Data is at the heart of conversation today and the leaders are no longer taking decision without a better understanding of the audience they are addressing. In the session, Linkedin will share key insights about its members globally and in MENA , plus we reveal what we call the...
Speaker(s)  Rajai El Khadem, Government Alliances Manager, LinkedIn
12:15 - 12:45
The transport sector will overtake industry as the largest energy user by 2020 & this sector has major negative economic, social and environmental side effects. This session will talk about using big data to develop policy frameworks which are aimed at mitigating negative externalities of transport. Interestingly, the session will...
Speaker(s)  Prof. Dr. Ansar-Ul-Haque Yasar, Transportation Research Institute (IMOB), Hasselt University
12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:15
PANEL DISCUSSION

Big Data opportunities offer the regional governments a real opportunity to get closer and understand their citizens better. This session will look at interesting ways in which regional authorities and industry bodies are making progress by combining data and digital economics.
Speaker(s)  Mrs. Omobola Johnson , Honorable Minister of Communication Technology, Nigeria
Prof. Dr. Ansar-Ul-Haque Yasar, Transportation Research Institute (IMOB), Hasselt University
Maher Shirah, Strategy Excellence Manager, Roads and Transport Authority
14:15 - 14:45
Big Data and Cloud is here to stay! But like any other new technology, it has certainly brought more complexity into the business landscape. It has made not just Information Technology more complicated, but also forced CIOs to constantly evaluate ways to use and integrate data while managing the security...
Speaker(s)  Illyas Kooliyankal , Director - Information Security, Information Technology, ADS SECURITIES
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Progressive organisations are adopting different approaches to create customer communities and gain their feedback. This methodology is creating powerful platforms for generating new revenue streams How can you communicate better with your customers? – Create strategies to build a digital community that delivers opportunities Create personas and...
Speaker(s)  Parminder Singh, Managing Director SEA, India & MENA, Twitter
15:30 - 16:00
As more organisations are jumping on the Big Data bandwagon, there is a growing demand for professionals with the right skills to collate, analyse and architect intelligence from disparate data sources. This session will review the skills in demand from key industries and also discuss: Why data analytics...
Speaker(s)  Dr. James Stranger, Senior Director, Product Development, PhD , CompTIA
16:00 - 16:10

Digital Strategies - 15 Oct
09:00 - 09:30
09:30 - 10:00
It’s a multi-device world and being heard is becoming increasingly challenging. Customer behavior of using multi-devices and multitasking has become a key driver of today’s media planning and marketing strategies. Changing digital strategies of organisations Unifying messages between the physical and digital world What it truly...
Speaker(s)  Tom Roychoudhury, Chief Innovations Officer, Middle East Communications Network
10:00 - 10:30
We live in a hyper-connected mobile world with smartphone penetration and mobile internet usage growing at an unprecedented rate. Up to 100 apps are installed on a typical mobile user’s handset, however only 6.5 Apps are effectively used by the average mobile phone user over a 30-day period. ...
Speaker(s)  Nadia Gonzalez, Vice President at Mobile Marketing Platforms and Services, Gemalto
10:30 - 11:00
The growth of the digital industrial economy means that IT leaders must deliver even more reliable and efficient operational performance at the same time as they create digital innovation and develop digitally-smart talent. Every business is now a technology business and every enterprise – public and private sector – needs...
Speaker(s)  Ed Gabrys, Research Director, Gartner
11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 11:45
Digital services are changing people's lives. Straddling CSR and commercial positioning, the Wikipedia Zero story has shown how mobile networks can power infrastructure to deliver life-changing services. By making basic services free, telecom provider’s world over can take leadership role in their country’s societal development.

Speaker(s)  Carolynne Schloeder, Director, Global Mobile Partnerships Wikimedia Foundation
11:45 - 12:15
Ironically, the success of a digital strategy has more to do with people than systems and platforms. Technology is a growing presence in almost every aspect of life and increasingly in every corner of the world. People are compelled to interact with “things” in unprecedented ways, changing their view of...
Speaker(s)  Racha Makarem, Managing Director of Insights and Research, VivaKi MENA
12:15 - 12:45
Social media has created an explosion of data and content. How do organisations deal with this change and transform digital data into business value? Strategies to harness data through multiple platforms How can we combine data with sophisticated analytics to deepen our understanding of customers? Keeping...
Speaker(s)  Suzanne Locke, Head of Content, Souqalmal.com
12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:30
PANEL DISCUSSION

Having knowledge of the consumer's preferences enables suggesting specific products and promotions to each consumer. Big Data insights, social, mobile and the cloud have transformed the marketing ecosystem. Context has become evidently crucial – a portal for added value communication. . This session will look at:...
Speaker(s)  Darine Sabbagh, Social Media & Digital Mkg Consultant Trainer & Speaker, Lebanon Information Technology and Services
Dr. Jassim Haji, Director Information Technology, Gulf Air
Martin Kubler, General Manager, Iconsulthotels
Derrick Pereira, Digital Solutions Manager, Explorer Publishing
14:30 - 15:15
PANEL DISCUSSION

The communication industry is constantly challenged by the clients need for ROI. The digital landscape now offers unprecedented possibilities when it comes to showcasing results. This session will look at: Creating result oriented marketing strategies Drawing up measurements and ROI techniques Integrating...
Speaker(s)  Dr. Armstrong Takang, CEO, Alteq
Gareth Deere, Content and Technology Research Director , MEAP-Ipsos
Andrew Burgess, Director of Conversation & Viral Marketing, NEXA UAE
15:15 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:15
PANEL DISCUSSION

The I.T. industry is in the midst of paradigm shift to a new technology platform for growth and innovation. Most industry experts see this as the emergence of 3 rd Platform, built on mobile devices, apps, cloud services, mobile broadband networks, big data analytics and social...
Speaker(s)  Eamonn Carey, Head of Digital/Advisor, MHP Communications
Saji Oommen, Group Director Information Technology, Albatha Group
Simon Torrance, Member, Big Data Programme, World Economic Forum
Ashish Panjabi, Chief Operating Officer, Jacky's
Ashi Sheth, Manager of Enterprise Platforms, Netflix Inc
16:15 - 17:00
How are key stakeholders including device manufacturers, telcos and service providers re-shaping the regional communication landscape? This session will look at how the industry is: Creating a vibrant digital community for data services Enabling more mobility services Smart service packaging Leveraging Geo-location Delivering more...
Speaker(s)  Peter Olu, Director, NITDA
Rimma Perelmuter, CEO, MEF
Dr. Suleiman Al-Hedaithy, Chairman of the Board, FTTH Council MENA

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  • Majlis Lounge Sponsor
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  • Official Smart Car Partner
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  • Network & Security Headline Sponsor
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  • Content Hub & Media Centre Sponsor
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  • Big Data Diamond Sponsor
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  • Cloud Confex Diamond Sponsor
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  • Big Data – Platinum Sponsor
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  • Industry Partner Smart Sessions
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  • Digital Strategies Forum – Strategic Sponsor
    Digital Strategies Forum – Strategic Sponsor
  • Industry Briefings Government – Strategic Sponsor
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  • FTTH Workshops In Association With
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  • Official Transportation Partner
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  • Knowledge Partner
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  • SME Zone Publication Partner
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  • Official Publisher
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    Official Travel Partner
  • Arabic News Partner
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  • Official Arabic Live Blog Partner
    Official Arabic Live Blog Partner
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  • Official Regional News Broadcaster
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  • Official Courier Handler
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