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Opening new roads for Middle East’s cloud transformation

Business, telecom leaders discuss how more open ICT ecosystems will help region thrive in a fully digitized world

Leading Government, business and ICT leaders discuss cloud transformation at Cloud MENA Forum.
Leading Government, business and ICT leaders discuss cloud transformation at Cloud MENA Forum.

New patterns of information consumption and user behaviour will drive transformations across many of the region's chief industries, a recent Cloud conference heard.

Huawei joined top authorities in the region to discuss these and more developments at the recently concluded Cloud World Forum MENA which welcomed over 500 attendees from business, government and telecommunications fields.

Forum participants acknowledged that the region's enterprise IT consumption models are changing rapidly. According to forum speaker Kiarash Kiazand Ph.D, Principal Managing Consultant of Operator Cloud & ICT Services at Huawei, this transformation is reflective of the public's increasing consumption of mobile data and the mounting collection of data from the Internet of Things.

As Principal Sponsor of the event, Huawei ran a dedicated agenda of activities covering business and technical seminars alongside the main forum under the theme of "Open ROADS to Cloud". The premise recognizes how organizations can leverage cloud technologies to enhance their operations, to what extent this is happening in the region today, and what the next generation of cloud innovations promises for governments and enterprises.

According to forum speaker Samir El Otmani, Principal Business Consulting of Digital Transformation at Huawei, telecom operators in the region also have to trigger a business transformation alongside the cloud transformation. This can be done by evolving their business processes and operating models governing their GTM in order to react to the digital disruption through competitive value propositions for consumers and enterprises.

During the discussions, experts recognized how businesses in the Middle East are departing from an "equipment-centric" IT model to one that prioritizes digital applications and services. Independent data management, operational, and maintenance systems will be consolidated into more unified systems that can help businesses improve efficiencies and reduce costs. To that end, Huawei senior cloud experts Obaid Ullah Zafar and Sultan Ahmed hosted technical seminars on redefining hybrid cloud technologies, converged Cloud-in-a-BOX architectures, and monetization strategies for cloud-based business services.

These factors will become increasingly important to organizations in the Middle East as spending on ICT products and services in the Middle East and Africa is predicted to cross the $270 billion mark this year, growing approximately 9% year on year according to market intelligence firm IDC.

Globally Huawei has been an innovator in the cloud IT field for more than a decade. In recent years, Huawei has grown its operations in the Middle East developing a robust portfolio of enterprise IT services that leverage the company's longstanding heritage in the telecom carrier market. The company has for example, already become an industry leader in the development of open cloud-based data centres. Its new service-driven cloud data centre architecture-known as "SD-DC2"-is quickly becoming a focus for enterprises and telecom operators to simplify their IT system and make their businesses more agile.

Huawei's Enterprise Business Group saw its global revenues increase by 27.3% last year to $3 billion, with strong growth in network and IT areas including cloud data centre solutions and agile networks.