Adding to the list of interesting sessions taking place during the MENA ICT Forum 2010, which will be taking place in Amman next week (October 10th – 11th, 2010), a new session has been announced called “Reality and the Cloud”, which as the name suggests is about cloud computing as an emerging technology to be harnessed in the region.
The session will have two parts, and through them the ‘cloudiness’ of the MENA region will be examined, as regional broadband and access initiatives have made online technologies available to large and small business alike, cutting the burden of large IT expenses.
Challenges faced by companies who are not adopting this trend will be discussed, in addition to privacy and confidentiality concerns. The dominant theme of web hosting and servicing will also be tackled, and the hurdles faced by the region to capture vital market share in an ever-expanding industry of web-hosting.
Speakers to be featured within the two parts of this session are: Werner Vogels, CTO- Amazon; Walid Abu-Hadba, CVP of Developer & Platform- Microsoft; Robert Fogel, World Ahead Principal Architect- Intel; Sachin Duggal, CEO- Nivio; Ganesh Natarajan, CEO- Zensar; Anthony Vonsee, Managing Director- Cisco; Darshan Chandarana, Director- EMEA Cloud Group, Oracle; Mike Baldock, Executive IT Consultant- IBM Middle East; and Osama Ghoul, Founder and Managing Partner- Devoteam Middle East.
As with other sessions in the forum, the idea is to allow for interaction, dialogue, and debate, and provide a platform for global networking and knowledge sharing.
Other topics that will be addressed during the forum will be the global and regional ICT trends, mobile technologies and applications, MNCs and outsourcing opportunities in the MENA, the Arabic content crisis, MENA Ecosystem, Entrepreneurship & Start-ups and MENA Ecosystem, Education, and other related topics.