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Cloud MENA 2015 Event Brochure now available #cloudMENA

The Cloud MENA 2015 brochure is here! View the most recent agenda and full speaker line-up. IT leaders from all industries will come together in 2015 to reflect on their experiences and offer hands on advice to help you advance your IT strategy. Additionally, pioneering telco leaders convey the go to market strategies which are bringing ROI and delivering only the most secure cloud services.

Cloud MENA agenda

Key topics you will get to discuss throughout the 2 days…

The regulatory landscape of Cloud Computing and data protection in the region
• Tackling the security fear which surrounds Cloud Computing
• Evaluating cloud business models and selecting the one that fits your particular needs
• Making the right choice when selecting a vendor
How can an Operator make it as a Cloud Provider: Best in class business, sales and marketing strategies
• How can Cloud result in job losses?
• Becoming part of the smart cities initiative
Monetising Big Data and advanced Business Intelligence solutions to improve customer insights

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Early confirmed Sponsors include:

MENA sponsors

Secure your FREE pass today and join Middle East & North Africa’s Leading Cloud Computing Event!

Cloud MENA 2015 Survey Results #CloudMENA

Hello Cloud community,

I am now finalising the speaker panel for our 5th Edition of the Cloud MENA Forum, taking place 13th & 14th April 2015 in Dubai. In addition to the discussions I had with leading IT experts from Enterprises, Operators, Solution Providers and Industry Bodies to understand better the Cloud-related challenges in the region, we recently run a relevant on-line survey. You can find below some of the responses we received along with comments.

We asked the audience to rate the benefits of Cloud Computing and the 3 predominant ones were: 1) Cost efficiency, 2) Data security and 3) Agility.

Following this, we asked you ‘What challenges are you facing when it comes to Cloud adoption?’. Key themes that came up were:

  • Privacy related concerns: guaranteeing data security, trusting the Cloud, understanding the regional legislation.
  • Internal related concerns: willingness to change, getting internal buy-in, and training staff.
  • Customer related concerns: communicating the technicalities, benefits and risks of collecting, storing and analysing customer data.
  • Vendor related concerns: choosing the Cloud model that responds to your needs, location of data centre, accessibility and SLA agreements, long term availability of service.
  • Technical concerns: moving large amounts of data to the Cloud, managing Big Data & Analytics, understanding SaaS Vs Cloud, convergence & virtualisation.

It is quite interesting to notice the paradox that the mentioned benefits, also constitute some of the largest barriers to Cloud adoption in the MENA region.

In addition, the lack of clear regional or national regulation on the matter adds to the confusion and makes Cloud adoption even more challenging. 35.71% of the respondent said they are ‘confused, not too sure what regulation permits’ and a 10.71% said they are not aware at all of what the regulation permits.

It is hard to miss the image the above information paints – how the IT industry in the MENA region seems caught up in a vicious circle that keeps Cloud penetration levels low. Even though the benefits of Cloud (agility, cost reduction, data security, collaboration and productivity benefits and more) are widely accepted, the privacy concerns, unclear regulatory landscape, level of initial investment required and technical challenges are making getting internal buy-in for Cloud highly challenging for IT leaders. It is apparent that there is lack of information or education (on all levels and topics) in the region.

We have developed Cloud MENA in a way that it is a high level educational platform for the region. We hope that it will break down several myths and help bring the IT industry forward in the Middle East and North Africa.Being free for operators and enterprises and featuring dedicated streams for both, with 50+ speakers, 850+ facilitated VIP introductions (in 2014) and 10+ hours of interactive and networking sessions & breaks, Cloud MENA needs to be in your calendar!

For more speaking, exhibiting, attending or anything else have a look at our website: mena.cloudworldseries.com or get in touch at melina@cloudworldseries.com

P.S. The above is just a short outline of some of the responses we got from the survey – we will elaborate further in future posts.

Best wishes,

Melina Diamantopoulou
Senior Conference Researcher
melina@cloudworldseries.com

Exclusive Interview with Agenor Leão, CIO, Natura #cloudlatam

The Cloud World Forum Latin America 2014 is fast approaching. In the run up to the event, we caught up with Agenor Leão, CIO at Natura, to get his views on the cloud computing market:

Exclusive Interview with Agenor Leão, CIO, Natura about the cloud computing market:

AGENOR LEAO1. How do you think the IT industry has changed over the last 5 years? What is the greatest challenge that the IT Director faces these days? How has Cloud Computing affected this change?

In recent years the technology industry has changed enormously since the advent of the internet and the exponential growth in mobility. Smartphones and tablets today provide the creation of large-scale connections between people and organizations, who exchange information at all times. Technological developments made it economically viable to process in real time this large amount of information, supported by cloud computing. This, in turn, expanded processing capacity and use of technology by businesses of any size and sector of activity, a reality that was restricted to owners of large data-centers. The great technological innovations of recent years came in the hands of small businesses – the famous startups – made possible by the factors set out above, making the traditional leaders of the IT industry attentive observers and sometimes, buyers of these small businesses.

Within this context, IT leaders within organizations face great challenges, focused on two main aspects:
– The first is that technology areas leave the traditional role of supporter, in which the main responsibilities were limited to the automation of processes and information generation, to a new role as a “booster” and “new business generator” for organizations;

–  The second is that the existing capacities in the market today will facilitate the use of technology by the organization, not restricting the scope to the solutions brought solely by the company’s technology area, which assumes the position of a trusted advisor and coordinates the use of technology through new paradigms, such as “software as a service”, instead of trying to control its use.

Balancing these two aspects and sustaining the business through traditional operations demand, in fact, a negotiation skill and an ability to be ahead of the market, becoming a “proposer” of solutions, instead of the traditional role of “demander” of business areas.

Obviously, the spread of cloud computing, linked to other factors exposed previously, contributes greatly to this scenario, since the flexibility, speed and scalability obtained with the use of the cloud create an environment of innovation which, in turn, makes possible the technological innovation in players previously unviable, whether in the IT industry, whether in their own companies users of technology.

It is up to the companies and, particularly, the areas of technology, to appropriate the facilities that are available to re-invent themselves, building value for your business through good opportunities created by technological innovation.

Read the full interview here.
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