The five-day Gitex Technology Week is showcasing live demonstrations of next-generation technology solutions from governments and international companies that will transform the Middle East businesses.
The 37th edition opened doors on Sunday and was inaugurated by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.
Spread across an area of over 1.4 million square feet, the organisers expect over 100,000 visitors from more than 70 countries to take part, apart from more than 126 speakers and 4,100 exhibiting companies which will redefine how technology can transform businesses through cutting-edge showcases, international keynotes and dignitaries from around the globe in attendance.
“Gitex remains a great opportunity for us to connect with our customers and partners and highlight how we are meeting their needs through technology-driven innovations in the cloud,” said Tarik Taman, General Manager for IMEA at Infor.
As the Middle East moves towards greater economic diversification, he said that cloud will form the fundamentals for increased competitiveness in key industry verticals as overall expenditure on digital technologies continues to rise.
“We are already seeing the digital transformation drive sweeping various industries with CIOs prioritising investment in the cloud,” he said.
Ahmad Auda, managing director for Middle East and North Africa at VMware, said that digital transformation is the top priority for Middle East chief information officers. Successful digital transformation is not a one-off IT project, but should be a continuous business journey centred on customer, consumer, and citizen experiences.—Agencies