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January 15, 2019

Hamdan bin Mohammed visits Area 2071, reviews Dubai 10X initiative projects

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that DFF has managed to present a successful model to the world in term of innovation, through launching and supporting innovative and creative ideas.

His Highness’s remarks come as he visited Area 2071 at Emirates Towers in Dubai, where he reviewed a number of projects presented by a number of government entities, as part of the Dubai 10X initiative.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, and Vice [...]

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January 14, 2019

Transformation and automation hand in hand across 2019

While organizations will relook at their structure and job roles to enable successful digital transformation across 2019, other key activity areas will be automation of customer experiences and the supply chain, explains Paul Potgieter, Managing Director – UAE, Dimension Data

Paul Potgieter, Managing Director – UAE, Dimension Data

As organizations get moving on the digital transformation road map, they may abruptly find themselves running more on a bumpy dirt track rather than a Formula One race course with expected high-speed pit-stops. The learnings from this experience are sometimes hard to accept. One of the key reasons for the bumpy track [...]

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January 12, 2019

Ponemon-Tenable Study Find 60% of Organizations Suffered Two Or More Business-Disrupting Cyber Events in last 24 Months

Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, released the Measuring and Managing the Cyber Risks to Business Operations Report, an independent study conducted by Ponemon Institute. It found that 60 percent of organizations globally had suffered two or more business-disrupting cyber events — defined as cyber attacks causing data breaches or significant disruption and downtime to business operations, plant and operational equipment — in the last 24 months. Further, the vast majority of respondents (91 percent) had suffered at least one such cyber event in the same time period.

Despite this documented history of damaging attacks, the study found that the majority of [...]

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January 10, 2019

Smart Dubai Launches Guidelines on Ethical use of Artificial Intelligence

Dubai’s quest to become the world’s smartest city has received a strong ethical grounding with the unveiling of guidelines for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The new ‘Ethical AI Toolkit,’ which provides advice to individuals and organisations offering AI services, has been formulated by the Smart Dubai Office (Smart Dubai) – the government department that has a mandate to make Dubai the world’s happiest city through innovation.

Outlining the need for the new guidelines, Smart Dubai says that they will encourage organisations that deliver AI services to place a priority on fairness, transparency and accountability and that they will serve to elevate the [...]

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January 6, 2019

Top IT Trends That Will Redefine Businesses in 2019

By Sami Abi Esber, President -MDS Gulf, Board Member-Midis Group

We are living in an era of unparalleled innovation. As new and emerging technologies continue to redefine IT and business, the pace of change and technological advancement is accelerating. Today, we are looking at a smarter, intelligent future driven by technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things, and more. While the industry has already embarked on its digital transformation journey, businesses are yet to realize the full potential of these technologies and how they will shape the way we do business in the future.

In the coming years, new digital [...]

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December 28, 2018

Middle East, Africa, & Turkey Wearable Devices Market Enjoys Strong Growth

Shipments of wearable devices in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) region reached 1.13 million units in the third quarter of 2018 (Q3 2018), according to the latest insights from IDC. The global technology research and consulting firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker shows that shipments were up 77.6% on the corresponding period of 2017 and up 50.0% on the previous quarter.

The market witnessed various new product launches in Q3 2018 from brands such as Fitbit, Huawei, and Garmin, which all helped spur growth in the basic wearables category. A large number of shipments from Xiaomi, particularly to Turkey and the UAE, was another driver [...]

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December 24, 2018

Dubai is an ecosystem for innovation and future economy: Mohammed Al Gergawi

Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of the UAE Cabinet Affairs and The Future and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation, said that Dubai became an ecosystem for innovation and the future economy, and a preferred global destination for conferences and exhibitions focused on future sectors and emerging technologies.

He said this while speaking about ‘The Abundance 360 (A360) Summit’, which will be held in Dubai on March 26-27, 2019. Abundance 360 is Peter H. Diamandis’ highly curated group of 360 CEOs, public sector executives, investors, and entrepreneurs committed to transforming their organisations into exponential, [...]

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December 23, 2018

‘Dubai Economic Report 2018’ confirms emirate on track as financial, business hub

The Department of Economic Development, DED, announced the release of the ‘Dubai Economic Report 2018’ on Saturday.

The report reviews the major macro- and sectoral level economic developments and growth in the emirate during 2017. It aims to be a reference for public and private sector decision-making as well as for developing policies and strategies that enhance overall competitiveness and growth in Dubai and the UAE.

Dubai had gross domestic product, GDP, of AED389.4 billion in 2017, a growth of 2.8 percent in constant prices from AED378.8 billion recorded in 2016, whereas the UAE economy as a whole achieved a lower growth of 0.8 percent, says the report [...]

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December 13, 2018

Mohammed bin Rashid attends graduation of new batch at MBR for Leadership Development Programme

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in the presence Dubai Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, attended the graduation ceremony of new batch of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development Programme.

“I am happy with the graduation of new batch of leaders for the country. Developing leaders is a capability of successful nations. Our journey constantly needs fresh blood of leaders to achieve our ambitions,” His Highness said. “Graduation of new batch of leaders will add new ideas, and new initiatives for the development journey of our [...]

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December 13, 2018

Interview with Christina Ioannidis

Insight World is delighted to speak to Christina Ioannidis, world-recognized speaker, facilitator and entrepreneur

Christina, please tell us about yourself and your role at Aquitude.

I am the CEO (Chief Engagement Officer) of Aquitude. I am a Greek-Venezuelan, who after many years living in multiple countries, I am now a resident of Dubai. I travel a lot for public speaking, delivering training courses or consulting with clients.

Could you give us an overview of what Aquitude does? What are the current priorities and vision for the future for Aquitude?

Aquitude is an Engagement consultancy. We work with our clients to build strong [...]

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December 13, 2018

How a team of data scientists can make a difference to your bottom line

Data scientists are brought in by businesses to find solutions to their problems but both sides need to be prepared for failures and hidden opportunities along the way, explains Islam Zeidan, General Manager UAE & MEAD, Teradata

In today’s digital world of cloud, mobility, analytics and data, the focus for both business and consumers is to find answers to their problems. Just building a solution or buying devices and applications, without coming up with ananswer, in the shortest possible time and most economical manner, will sooner or later prove meaningless and futile. The upcoming field of data sciences is focused on resolving problems raised by end-users, [...]

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December 13, 2018

Mimecast Report Finds Emails Containing Dangerous Attachments Up More Than 25 Percent

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, announced the availability of its latest quarterly Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA), anaggregated report of tests that measure the efficacy of widely used emailsecurity systems.* In comparison to last quarter’s findings, this newassessment found that email security systems are missing 25 percent more emailscontaining dangerous file types.

Typically dangerous file types are rarely sent via email for legitimate purposes, such as: .jsp, .exe, .dll and .src, and can be used facilitate an attack. Detailed Mimecast ESRAs help organizations better understand what types of email-borne threats are getting through [...]

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December 12, 2018

Disruptive Technology charts the way for future energy trends

Participants in a discussion panel on the final day of the 5th Dubai International Project Management Forum 2018 emphasised that future trends of energy should be driven by Disruptive Technology. This Technology fosters types of clean and sustainable energy to operate efficiently and reduce the carbon footprint to the minimum.  Participants stressed that achieving these objectives would be challenging, hence, requires a concerted effort to create a more energy-efficient world for future generations.

The first speaker was H.E Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), who praised the UAE’s move to [...]

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