Five minutes with Johnny Karam
Johnny Karam, Regional Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Citrix
What is your current role in the ICT industry in the Middle East and what are your responsibilities?
At Citrix, I work with my team to drive awareness and adoption of mobile workspace solutions. I’m also focused on expanding our channel partner ecosystem and ensuring that our partners are properly trained. Last but not least, I’m responsible for building out successful teams across our key regional markets.
What is the best thing about your job?
Citrix is a great place to work, with great people, huge potential and great market adoption. Yet, by far the best thing about Citrix is its technology. Personally, it’s given me great flexibility and increased my productivity like I’ve never experienced before.
How innovative do you think the network industry in the Middle East is and how can it improve?
The Middle East is seeing an ongoing shift in its adoption of new technologies. However, it’s the cloud that is at the centre of innovation in the industry. Cloud networking solutions help organisations achieve maximum scalability while protecting networks and apps, streamlining management and increasing reliability.
Moreover, as the enterprise workforce becomes more mobile and dispersed, IT needs to build next-gen networks that not only increase security but also optimise the delivery of applications and services to provide a great experience no matter where people work, what device they use or what network they use to connect.
What are the upcoming trends or products in your sector?
The biggest trend by far is mobile workspaces. The reason is simple — the traditional desktop is evolving into something much more valuable for people and businesses.
Are you a BYOD user and what devices do you use?
Citrix launched its BYO program before the iPad and before smartphones really took off — initially it was focused on laptops.
What are your out-of-office hobbies?
I have a very busy social life and enjoy interacting with people. I also enjoy running, which is a key part of my daily routine and I recently started practicing yoga. Last but not least, I have a great passion for skiing, so on an annual basis, I take ski trips to indulge in this great outdoor sport.
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