IT managers of the year

ACN's annual roundup of ten of the best IT decision makers in the Middle East.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  January 10, 2008

David Teklit
Group director of IT infrastructure and operations at Jumeirah Group

If there were two words needed to describe David Teklit, Jumeirah Group's group director of IT infrastructure and IT operations, they would most likely be ‘future proof.'

Teklit's guidance has seen Jumeirah move to the cutting edge of IT, implementing advanced systems such as digital rights management (to secure sensitive data) years before its rivals. With Jumeirah's ambitions to become a global brand and the number of hotels in its portfolio expected to reach nearly 60 by 2011, the group plans to continue investing heavily in the latest upcoming technologies.

A major part of Teklit's everyday management strategy is thinking proactively - he's installed a number of remote infrastructure management systems to monitor Jumeirah properties globally, so that his team can predict and prevent future issues.

Unlike other organisations which deal with situations as and when they occur, he's already in the process of building a comprehensive disaster recovery site to ensure Jumeirah's operations can always maintain high levels of availability.

A key reason why Teklit believes his team is so successful is that he has trained them to regard IT in terms of business, rather than technological benefits: "Our challenge is to combine expansion and growth with using technology. In some companies, especially hotels, IT is just a support function to business. We do more than just support. We use IT to bring value to the business."

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