Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 40 - Page 50

COUNTRY FOCUS: UAE Future Datacentres and Cloud FUTURE DATACENTRES AND Infrastructure 2019 CLOUD Summit INFRASTRUCTURE Future Blockchain Summit FUTURE BLOCKCHAIN SUMMIT SUMMIT 2019 This two-day summit will broadly focus on the future of the data centre industry in the region, while outlining the key trends that are critical to operating an effective IT infrastructure. Digital Transformation is on the rise and data is regarded as a key asset to the success of any business. Industry reports indicate that the Middle East’s Smart Cities development The second edition of the Future Blockchain Summit, the world’s largest blockchain festival brings to the forefront government visionaries, Blockchain revolutionaries, start- ups, investors and the brightest disruptors to marry business sense with opportunity and set the global Blockchain agenda. A total of 14,000 visitors are expected from 130 countries to listen to 180 expert speakers. DATES: April 2 to April 3 LOCATION: Dubai World Trade Centre and will feature sessions from subject matter experts from the world’s top organisations and the region’s leading companies. The summit will feature over 40 c-level executives, business heads from the marketing, Big Data, analytics, IT, and security divisions across the hospitality, transport, retail, telecom, e-commerce, banking and real estate sectors. DATES: April 15 to 16 LOCATION: Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Dubai GITEX GITEX Described as the biggest and boldest technology show in MENA and South Asia, and co-located with GITEX Future Stars, the fastest growing global start-up event in the region, GITEX is a must entry for the diary. From world-famous industry names to Silicon Valley’s hottest start-ups, the industry heads to GITEX in anticipation of big business partnerships, future-ready gear and booming successes. With conference tracks built around dedicated exhibitor sectors, X-Labs spotlighting the bravest innovations, and Tech Talks delivering the latest in tech, GITEX is a rich source of inspiration, application and success for exhibitors. roadmap and Digital Transformation processes play a critical role in the exponential growth in data centre investments. In a data-driven world, operating an effective, reliable, robust and secure IT ecosystem is imperative. As the only focused conference of its kind in the Middle East region, the Future Datacentres and Cloud Infrastructure Summit 2019 will lay emphasis on the growth of this industry, the growing migration to cloud with an emphasis on aspects such as security, cost and energy efficiency, and recognising the challenges in doing so. DATES: April 1 to April 3 LOCATION: Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai Marina 50 INTELLIGENTCIO Smart Data Summit SMART DATA SUMMIT The UAE is currently ranked fifth globally for use of Big Data and analytics and these technologies are being adopted to build a paperless future. Through advancement of data management solutions, the need for better data storage, analysis and security is to remain a key player within the IT industry, firms need to start exploring different opportunities to enable optimal use of their data to create actionable insights. The Smart Data Summit, which is the only conference dedicated to Big Data analytics in the UAE, will convene for its sixth edition in April. The event will have the theme ‘Driving Customer Insights and Business Performance Through Big Data Solutions’ DATES: October 6 to 10 LOCATION: World Trade Centre, Dubai Remember to check events section of www. for further updates. n “ THE UAE IS CURRENTLY RANKED FIFTH GLOBALLY FOR USE OF BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS.