After Hours: Mazen Ballout

Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick.

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After Hours: Mazen Ballout Mazen Ballout Vice President, GCC and Middle East, Gartner.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 21, 2013

Arabian Computer News delves below the corporate strategy to understand what really makes the region’s IT leaders tick.

Mazen Ballout, Vice President, GCC and Middle East, Gartner

Getting personal:

Nationality: Lebanese
Number of years in the industry: 13
Favourite food: Italian
Holiday destination: Canary Islands
Music: All
Dream car: Ferrari 458 Italia
Gadget: iPad
Movie/book: ‘The Power of positive thinking’ by Norman Vincent Peale
Piece of advice: Plan your work, work your plan.

How did you end up where you are now?

By having a sense of purpose, prioritizing, setting crystal clear expectations, communicating effectively and executing.

What is your management philosophy?

My philosophy of management is built on a strong belief of respect as well as understanding people, leveraging their strengths and coaching them effectively for success, motivating and inspiring them in leading by example.

What was your first computer, and when did you first use it?

Pentium II 100 MHZ, I used it in 1998 as my home desktop.

What is your greatest achievement?

Achieving something I wasn’t expecting.

What is your biggest mistake?

My biggest mistake was in 1999 when I changed jobs for money but was not in the right place for career development. The biggest mistake is when you don’t learn from the mistake.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Middle East IT industry?

When I saw how IT changed the life and future of many people in the region.

What technology has made the biggest impact in 2013?

Mobile computing is forcing the biggest change to the way people live since the automobile. For business, it presents many opportunities and challenges. Gartner predicts that by 2016, two-thirds of the workforce will own smartphones, and 40%of the workforce will be mobile. In the Middle East, spending on mobile devices is forecast to reach $29.6 billion in 2013. It will have a huge impact.

What’s the best way to deal with stress?

Take control of your environment, look at the big picture, focus on the positive and control the controllable.

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