IBM CIO Forum Kicks Off in Dubai

As a pre Gitex warm up, IBM is hosting over 100 of the leading players in corporate technology deployment in Dubai as part of a CIO forum, held in conjunction with its partners Gulf Business Machines and Saudi Business Machines.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  October 15, 2003

As a pre Gitex warm up, IBM is hosting over 100 of the leading players in corporate technology deployment in Dubai as part of the CIO forum, held in conjunction with its partners Gulf Business Machines (GBM) and Saudi Business Machines (SBM).

The CIO Forum plays host to chief information officers from some of the Middle East's leading government and corporate entities converging on Dubai just before the Gitex 2003 exhibition.

"The CIO Forum is a two-day event that aims to share case studies, best practices and visionary technologies with top IBM customers and other top CIOs in the Middle East region. We've fielded a really strong team from IBM's EMEA and worldwide operations so that we are able to share some strong strategic viewpoints and present a truly valid forward path with the Middle East's leading technology users," said Samer Shaar, GM of IBM Middle East and North Africa.

Among those addressing the event will be Rob Lamb, IBM director of worldwide sales for Linux, Peter Prestele, IBM VP of Business Integration and Mark Latchford, VP of Lotus EMEA. The CIO Forum will also feature case studies from leading users of advanced technology infrastructure in the Middle East region, including Bahrain's Central Informatics Organisation, Qatar e-Government, Standard Chartered Bank, Kuwait Oil Company and Riyadh Bank.

"The CIO Forum case studies represent some amazing, pioneering work by some of the region's leading corporate and government entities. We're hoping that the mixture of future vision and trailblazing technology deployments will inspire and challenge our audience at the Forum, and drive some strong debate during the panel and Q&A sessions," said Shaar. "IBM has invested significantly to ensure that the CIO Forum is an event where enterprise technology users can truly find answers to their strategic questions."

CIOs from across the Middle East will see demonstrations and debate around issues facing today's technology users in an open systems environment, including sessions on Linux support, security and Arabic, Linux safety and Linux trends and directions, as well as case studies of leading deployments of open standard systems in the Middle East that are driving towards On Demand models.

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