Digital transformation tour takes off in the Middle East

As wireless networking becomes a mainstream reality for businesses, Intel offers an insight into how wireless connectivity will revolutionise the way people live, work and play.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  March 27, 2005

Intel CEO Dr. Craig Barrett visits the Middle East on a two-day tour that will take him to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Cairo. Dr. Barrett will kick off his trip with a keynote address entitled "Digital Transformation in the GCC-the opportunity ahead". He is also scheduled to meet with a number of government officials and business leaders from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The Digital Transformation tour is predicted to be a landmark event for the region, and Dr. Barrett addresses the emerging technologies that can help energise the GCC's digital transformation in light of the e-government and ICT initiatives announced by the region's governments. He also shares Intel's vision for technology deployment in the Middle East, and suggests strategies for increased economic competitiveness through technology and digital transformation. In his keynote speech, Dr Barrett focused on how mobile technology can deliver quick payback, providing short-term gains while laying the foundation for long-term growth. Some of the most important and direct benefits of wireless technology, he says, are derived from productivity gains as mobile professionals with wireless notebooks can be up to 35% more productive than their counterparts with desktop PCs. Ultimately, the value of a wireless network goes beyond cost savings and service enhancements. “A city-wide infrastructure will help to attract new businesses and residents, and empower existing ones to be more productive,” according to Barrett.

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