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Middle East CIO Club holds inaugural meeting

Region's first vendor-neutral CIO association meets in Dubai, discusses future agenda and expansion plans

The region's first vendor-independent CIO association, the Middle East CIO club, has held its first meeting in Dubai.

The club, which was formed following discussions among CIOs at the DISTREE Events 2007 Secure Enterprise Summit (SES), brought together around 50 CIOs from various enterprises around the region.

The members held a roundtable discussion on green IT, before setting an agenda for discussion for the coming months. The initial meeting was attended by representatives of Arab Bank, AW Rostamani, Takreer, Al Abbas Group and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.

The aim of the CIO Club is to provide a private, vendor-neutral forum for CIOs to discuss and share best practices on a wide range of IT issues such as ERP implementation, service level agreements, business continuity planning and so on. The club aims to hold quarterly meetings in the UAE, and to establish national chapters.

Farouk Hemraj, director of The Middle East CIO Club said: "The Middle East CIO Club can and should play a vital role as an independent body capable of representing the views of IT professionals within the region - allowing them to enter high-level dialogue with vendors and service providers regarding support, services and technical issues.

"An independent end-user organisation created by CIOs is long overdue in the Middle East. This new organisation offers CIOs and IT Directors the opportunity to create a powerful common voice for discussions and interaction with vendors, service providers and suppliers. I would encourage all CIOs and IT Directors in the Middle East to join this valuable professional network," added Hemraj.

For more details on the Middle East CIO Club, see their website.

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