IT Managers of the Year

ACN reveals the ten most outstanding individuals in regional IT for 2010.

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IT Managers of the Year Ahmad Al Mulla, Vice President for Information Technology, Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL)
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By  ACN Staff Writer Published  January 10, 2010 Arabian Computer News Logo

Ahmad Al Mulla

Position: Vice President for Information Technology

Company: Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL)

Over the past few years, we've pushed very hard for regional CIOs to step up to the plate and become commanding figureheads for the entire industry, rather being content to stay back in the shadows. Dubai Aluminium's well-known VP, Ahmad Al Mulla is perhaps the most visible result of this strategy, as his advice and expertise have become widely disseminated both in the pages of ACN and its sister magazine, Network Middle East.

But we certainly can't claim the credit here, since his considerable achievements have drawn both praise and silverware. Over the past five years, Al Mulla has completed a host of tricky projects that would have left a number of lesser CIOs sweating, including moving his plant operations from Oracle to SAP. Last year, he snagged his second consecutive Arab Technology Award for Manufacturing Implementation of the Year, for his home-grown Smelter Analytics application which has allowed Dubal to finally gain a deep understanding of the trends underpinning nearly 30 years of aluminium production.

After all these plaudits, we had to unfortunately deny Al Mulla and his 80-strong team a third chance to dominate the manufacturing category. But don't feel too sorry for him, as he opted to join our expert panel of judges for this year's event, providing expert commentary on current trends.

With the extensive shakeup of the technology landscape over the past year, very little is now certain. But you can be sure that in 2010, you'll be seeing more of Ahmad Al Mulla and his opinions.

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