Microsoft makes its case at regional CIO summit

Software giant Microsoft gathered together top IT decision makers from across the region for its Middle East CIO summit in Dubai.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  May 23, 2006

Software giant Microsoft gathered together top IT decision makers from across the region for its Middle East CIO summit in Dubai. Attendees took the opportunity to network with their peers and share strategic perspectives and business best practices with Microsoft. “The Microsoft CIO summit is a reflection of the increasing importance of the role played by IT in the public and private sector in the Gulf,” said Charbel Fakhoury, general manager at Microsoft Gulf. “The CIO is responsible for so much more than ensuring that their organisations have effective, secure IT systems. CIOs have the capability to drive productivity and create new ways of working, to improve standards of governance and corporate reporting, and even guide business development and growth,” Fakhoury added. During the event Microsoft showcased the very latest in enterprise technologies and services and highlighted the benefits that customers have realised from using its solutions. Microsoft also shared details of how it deploys and manages its own technologies in an enterprise-wide environment. “This conference aimed to give CIOs an in-depth understanding of the technologies and trends that are shaping the industry, and to give them an insight into how these technologies can transform their own organisations,” Fakhoury continued. The event also featured presentations from HP and i-mate — both sponsors of the event — as well as updates from Microsoft experts on IT security and integration. Ashraf Helmy, product marketing manager for StorageWorks at HP Middle East, said: “We are proud to partner with Microsoft for the CIO Summit. At HP, we are constantly evolving our adaptive enterprise strategy to address the challenges companies are facing worldwide. HP has a unique breadth in its ability to help customers capture, manage, retain and deliver information according to its business value.” “Businesses challenged with the need to easily and cost-effectively manage ever-increasing amounts of data can use our expanded information lifecycle management (ILM) portfolio to put their information to work for competitive advantage specifically by accelerating data archiving and retrieval, increasing worker productivity and simplifying the protection of their customers critical data. Our latest range or products, software and services will ensure smooth implementations into the IT infrastructure, to maximise business results,” he added. Ulla Larsen, regional corporate manager at i-mate, said: “i-mate is extremely proud to sponsor the Microsoft CIO summit, which showcases key Microsoft solutions for the enterprise. The i-mate enterprise solution is the natural choice for today’s enterprise to securely extend its IT systems to its mobile workforce and empower them with instant connectivity to the data and tools they need to make better and faster business decisions.”

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