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 Luis Perfetti , Director of Information Systems, Oasis Hospital (Khatuna Khutsishvili/ITP Images)
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By  ACN Staff Writer Published  January 10, 2010 Arabian Computer News Logo

Luis Perfetti

Position: Director of Information Systems

Company: Oasis Hospital

Regular readers of ACN will not be surprised that we have a healthcare selection among our top IT managers of 2010, considering the recent rapid and regulation-led growth of the industry. But they might well be surprised at the inclusion of Oasis Hospital, a small private provider based in the tiny town of Al Ain in the UAE, over many of the more well-known regional hospitals.

But after reading our cover case study last month on the infrastructure overhaul currently in progress at the hospital, the case for including its director of information systems, Luis Perfetti, among the region's best is water-tight.

While other enterprises struggle, Perfetti has embarked on aggressive programme to ensure Oasis sets the standard for UAE healthcare. To that end, he has invested more than $7 million into a new hospital information system, backed by a full suite of 20 virtualised servers, while ditching Great Plains for Oracle to run his various other departments. And when the installation goes live in March, Perfetti is going full-bore with a rip-and-replace implementation, leaving precious little margin for error.

But do not imagine that he is reckless. Indeed, meticulous years planning have been the hallmarks of his approach towards this multi-million dollar project. Just one example: vendors had to answer 600 questions in his RFP and survive a three day scripted demo involving hospital staff. With this almost-fanatical attention to detail, more silverware can only be in store for Perfetti and his team next year.

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