After hours: Mohammed Zeghache

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: Mohammed Zeghache Mohammed Zeghache, Amadeus IT, Group Manager.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  May 3, 2014

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

Mohammed Zeghache, Amadeus IT Group Manager

GETTING PERSONAL

Nationality: Algerian/French
Number of years in the industry: 13
Favourite food: Algerian
Holiday destination: Algeria/France
Music: Michael Jackson
Dream car: Mercedes SLR MacLaren
Gadget: My Phone or My Laptop.
Movie/book: Forest Gump. Book: Leo Africanus.
Piece of advice: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.

How did you come to be in the role which you are currently in?

I came to Dubai to be closer to our launch partner, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), for the implementation of Amadeus Passenger Revenue Accounting (APRA). Amadeus is a technology partner to the travel industry and more than 120 airlines worldwide use its technology. APRA, a new and revolutionary product in the large Amadeus portfolio, permits an airline to check its revenues as soon as the plane has closed its doors. Now, revenue accounting is no more a back office technology. I am in charge of a development team and we have developed specific requirements for our launch partner. It is our job to give the necessary support to our customer so that they can take full advantage of our solutions. This requires me to travel quite often to meet the team at Saudia. So my core team role is to develop, implement and support.

What is your management philosophy?

Find the best in each member of the team and use their strengths in order to make everyone feel proud of what they are achieving.

What was your first computer?

It was a PC with both Windows and Linux Red Hat installed in dual boot. It was in 1998, and I used it to make some programs in C, C++ and Java for my engineering studies. I remember developing a race game in Java.

What is your greatest achievement?

I’m proud to have a marvellous spouse, and lovely children and friends I can count on. Having a healthy family life is a challenge in this world of changes.

What is your biggest mistake?

I have made many mistakes, and this is how we learn and improve. The most important thing is to not repeat those mistakes.

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

Seeing how far the Middle East has come in the technology space was a pleasant surprise for me. People are committed to promote innovation and to keep pace with business and technology. Culturally speaking the Middle East is a big melting pot where so many cultures meet and live together with complete respect for each other. With differences in language, cuisine and clothing, everyone lives together very peacefully.

What technology do you think will have the biggest impact in 2014?

Big Data will make the biggest impact, however it will be interesting to see the impact of Big Data on the Travel Industry.

How do you deal with stress?

I’m an engineer by heart and started well before school. What I mean is that I’m always looking for solutions to problems professionally and personally. So dealing daily with problems to be resolved is not stressful for me; it’s in fact motivating. I’m generally quite optimistic by nature.

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