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 Marwan Al Ali , Chief Information Officer, Jumeirah Group
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By  ACN Staff Writer Published  January 10, 2010 Arabian Computer News Logo

Marwan Al Ali

Position: Chief Information Officer

Company: Jumeirah Group

Last year marked the first appearance of Marwan Al Ali on our list of the top IT managers of the region, as recognition of his extensive work in the burgeoning hospitality sector. Little did we - and he for that matter - know that less than 12 months later, he would be wearing the coveted crown of CIO of the Year.

Given the range of investments that the hospitality sector has seen over the past year however, it is really not as much as a surprise as one might think. And further given that the company in question is the extremely-successful UAE-based Jumeirah Group, it's even less of a shock.

A graduate of the Etisalat College of Engineering, Marwan first took over the reins at Jumeirah in 2007. Since then, he's instituted a raft of changes to modernise its IT infrastructure, including most recently a building new datacentre for the corporate offices. Unlike competitors whose first downturn instinct was to slash budgets, Al Ali's prudent spending policies have always kept centralisation of resources and minimum reliance on IT manpower at the forefont.

But while he may indeed wield a might budgetary pen with responsibility for hotels across the world, he is well aware that fiscal prudence is the watchword for our troubled times. Next year, he has stated an aim to focus more on innovative projects such as integrating RFID technology into guest loyalty cards, while video conferencing for guests is also on the cards.

Such thoughtful touches are the hallmark of a good hotelier - and from Marwan Al Ali, you wouldn't expect any less.

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