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Key Sessions

Mubarik Hussain

Keynote: Group Cloud Transformation

Petroserv Limited

Dr. Imad Hoballah

Keynote: The Importance of Cloud to IoT and Big Data in MENA

ICTTT Consulting (previously Chairman and CEO of TRA, Lebanon)

08:00 09:00 (60 mins)

Main agenda

Registration and Coffee

08:50 09:00 (10 mins)

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Welcome from Knect365 TMT and Conference Chair

  • Chair Omid Mahboubi, Co-founder, Middle East North Africa Cloud Alliance (MENACA)

09:00 09:30 (30 mins)

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Panel Discussion: The Role of Cloud in the Modern Enterprise in MENA – Past, Present and Future

  • Overview of the latest threats and opportunities for enterprises when deploying and operating cloud in MENA
  • What can we learn from international examples of how cloud has really helped enterprises?
  • How can open source help with deploying cloud in the region?
  • How can we use cloud to improve customer experience and the long-term relationship with end-users?
  • The considerations for with and without cloud – The ROI of cloud in the enterprise particular to MENA
  • Mohamed Roushdy, Technology Advisor, Bank al Bilad
  • Azzam Jarad, CTO, Sporter
  • Sebastian Samuel, CIO, AW Rostamani Group
  • Chandra Shekhar Jajware, Group Chief Information Officer, Khimji Ramdas Group

09:30 09:50 (20 mins)

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Keynote: Group Cloud Transformation

  • Petroserv and Group companies cloud transformation journey
  • Greenfield deployment on Microsoft Azure
  • Dynamics AX 2012 ERP on Azure deployment for Group companies
  • Sharepoint 2013 deployment on Azure for Group companies
  • Office 365 rollout for group companies
  • Mubarik Hussain, Head of IT , Petroserv Limited

09:50 10:30 (40 mins)

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Panel Discussion: What Does It Really Mean to Run a Business in the Cloud in MENA on an Operational Level?

  • Considerations for cloud deployment in MENA from various perspectives: Vertical enterprises, SMEs, public sector
  • The types of cloud and their benefits and disadvantages on an operational level in MENA
  • Working with vendors in MENA – Local and international
  • The future of cloud in MENA on an operational level: How soon can cloud offer everything as a service?
  • Mario Foster, Group CIO, Al Naboodah Group Enterprises
  • Abid Butt, CIO, Arab Open University
  • Basab Banerjee, Director IT, Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX)

10:30 10:50 (20 mins)

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Gulf Air’s Hybrid Cloud and Software Defined Storage implementation

  • Gulf Air Hybrid Cloud journey: Background on Gulf Air’s cloud, when/how it started, challenges at that time, and brief of its major infrastructure components
  • Business needs and demands: expansion due to business growth and how Gulf Air IT managed to fulfil the requirements with lower investments
  • Introducing Software-Defined Storage (SDS): The adoption of SDS and how it helped Gulf Air meet business demands
  • Dr. Jassim Haji, Director of IT, Gulf Air

10:50 11:50 (60 mins)

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Coffee Break and Speed Networking

11:50 12:20 (30 mins)

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Panel Discussion: Securing Data in the Cloud Specifically in MENA

  • Protecting data in the cloud – Overview of particular vulnerabilities of an enterprise moving to the cloud in MENA
  • What are the primary security concerns particular to the MENA region?
  • The security approach by vendors in MENA
  • The role of regulators and alliances with regards to security in the region
  • Use cases of successfully securing data
  • What will the future bring with regards to data security in the cloud?
  • Dr. Jassim Haji, Director of IT, Gulf Air
  • Shoukat Bizinjo, Divisional Head of Information Systems Examination Division, State Bank of Pakistan
  • George Eapen, Regional Chief Information Security Officer, General Electric (GE) MENAT
  • Moderated by: Dr. Imad Hoballah, Chairman and CEO, ICTTT Consulting (previously Chairman and CEO of TRA, Lebanon)
  • Hamad Suwaid, Information Technology Manager, Qatar Gas Transport Company (NAKILAT)

12:20 12:40 (20 mins)

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Presentation by YVOLV

12:40 13:00 (20 mins)

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Keynote: The Importance of Cloud to IoT and Big Data in MENA

  • IoT is growing massively – How is cloud going to store all the information coming from IoT devices?
  • Applications of IoT and big data across industries – Is cloud ready?
  • Particular challenges with regards to IoT, big data and cloud together in MENA
  • Implications on security for IoT in the cloud
  • Dr. Imad Hoballah, Chairman and CEO, ICTTT Consulting (previously Chairman and CEO of TRA, Lebanon)

13:00 14:40 (100 mins)

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Lunch Break with Hosted Lunch Tables

Enjoy lunch with tables hosted by leading industry experts, allowing you to spend valuable time with key people in the industry in an informal setting.

HOSTED LUNCH TABLE 1: CIO’s bag of goodies to Exploit Cloud Computing

Hosted by Abid Butt, CIO, Arab Open University

HOSTED LUNCH TABLE 2: Group Cloud Transformation

Hosted by Mubarik Hussain, Head of IT, Petroserv

HOSTED LUNCH TABLE 3: The Role of Cloud in a Modern Enterprise

Chandra Shekhar Jajware, Group CIO, Khimji Ramdas Group 

 

14:20 14:50 (30 mins)

Technical and Security aspects of Cloud in MENA

Panel Discussion: Discussing the Development of Cloud Applications - DevOps, Open Source and Native Platforms

  • The latest development trends of cloud applications worldwide – What’s the current situation in MENA?
  • Building a DevOps culture and environment – Where to start and how to approach it?
  • What can MENA learn from other regions when it comes to strategies to deploy and make the most out of DevOps?
  • How can we measure and manage DevOps, open source and native platforms in MENA?
  • Firoj Rauta, Head of IT , Skyline University College
  • Clinton O’ Leary, Sales Director - Middle East, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu

15:10 15:30 (20 mins)

Technical and Security aspects of Cloud in MENA

Cloud Adaptation and Security Laws Across the Middle East

15:30 16:00 (30 mins)

Technical and Security aspects of Cloud in MENA

Afternoon Break (Exclusive Networking for CxOs)

16:00 17:45 (105 mins)

Technical and Security aspects of Cloud in MENA

Cloud Application Security Workshop

Based on the (ISC)² Certified Cloud Security Professional CBK (“Common Body of Knowledge”) this workshop will focus on the key principles every cloud security professional should understand about Cloud Application Security. 

Seminar Outline:

- Recognise the need for Training and Awareness in Application Security

 • Cloud Development Basics

 • Common Pitfalls

- Apply the Secure Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) Process  

 •Common Vulnerabilities

 •Cloud-specific Risks

 •Quality of Service

 •Threat Modelling

Key Takeaways:

- Understand important considerations when developing cloud applications and migrating applications into the cloud

- Contrast security aspects of Software Development Life Cycle in standard applications versus cloud-based

  • Fabio Cerullo, Managing Director, Cycubix

17:45 17:46 (1 mins)

Technical and Security aspects of Cloud in MENA

Wrap-up from the Workshop and Closing Remarks for Day 1

14:20 14:40 (20 mins)

Strategy and Regulation of Cloud in MENA

The Competitiveness Index of MENA – Report and Relevance to Cloud

  • Overview of MENA’s competitiveness index from a detailed report
  • The ecosystem for cloud in MENA
  • Pain points in the region
  • Lessons learnt from the competitiveness index report and suggestions to move forward successfully
  • Omid Mahboubi, Co-founder, Middle East North Africa Cloud Alliance (MENACA)

14:40 15:10 (30 mins)

Strategy and Regulation of Cloud in MENA

Panel Discussion: Discussing Data Sovereignty Laws in MENA

  • The status of regulation with regards to data hosting outside of MENA
  • How could we create a regulatory environment for mitigating the risks of data privacy, data confidentiality in cloud based environment?
  • How have other regions dealt with this challenge?
  • Are there any potential changes or updates in law coming up which could change or modify this?
  • What are the options for international vendors with regards to the sovereignty laws in MENA?
  • Omid Mahboubi, Co-founder, Middle East North Africa Cloud Alliance (MENACA)
  • Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA

15:10 15:30 (20 mins)

Strategy and Regulation of Cloud in MENA

Cloud Computing for Financial Institutions: A Developing Country's Perspective

  • Shoukat Bizinjo, Divisional Head of Information Systems Examination Division, State Bank of Pakistan

15:30 16:00 (30 mins)

Strategy and Regulation of Cloud in MENA

Afternoon Break (Exclusive Networking for CxOs)

16:15 17:30 (75 mins)

Strategy and Regulation of Cloud in MENA

Executive Roundtables Session

Attendees will be able to choose from several topics, and then join the topic leader for a 30min in-depth discussion at their roundtable:

1. Roadmap for cloud in the enterprise success – Practical steps

Led by Abid Butt, CIO, Arab Open University

2. The future strategies for smart government – What’s necessary to make it a reality?

Led by Dr. Dhrupad Mathur, Astt. Dean - Executive MBA, Associate Professor - IT Mgt., S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai

3. E-commerce in the Cloud: How cloud helps the delivery of e-commerce solutions and how cloud simplifies e-commerce operations

Led by Azzam Jarad, CTO, Sporter 

4. How could the regulators help cloud in MENA grow?

Led by Omar Al-Radaideh, Senior Officer Regulatory and Licensing, TRA

5. Cloud, IoT and Big Data in MENA

Led by Dr. Imad Y. Hoballah, Chairman and CEO, ICTTT Consulting (previously Chairman and CEO of TRA, Lebanon)

6. The types of cloud and their benefits and disadvantages on an operational level in MENA

Led by Basab Banerjee, Director IT, Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX)

7. Building the trust around cloud and cloud-based technologies

Led by Dr. Joseph Nettikaden, CIO, Esol Education

  • Abid Butt, CIO, Arab Open University
  • Dr. Dhrupad Mathur, Astt. Dean - Executive MBA, Associate Professor - IT Mgt, S P Jain School of Global Management, Dubai
  • Azzam Jarad, CTO, Sporter
  • Omar Al-Radaideh, Senior Officer Regulatory and Licensing, TRA
  • Dr. Imad Hoballah, Chairman and CEO, ICTTT Consulting (previously Chairman and CEO of TRA, Lebanon)
  • Basab Banerjee, Director IT, Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX)
  • Joseph Nettikaden, CIO, Esol Education

17:30 17:31 (1 mins)

Strategy and Regulation of Cloud in MENA

Wrap-up from the Roundtables and Closing Remarks for Day 1

18:00 19:00 (60 mins)

Main agenda

CLOUD MENA AWARDS CEREMONY

(CO-LOCATED WITH 5G MENA AWARDS)

The Cloud MENA Awards will be held for the second time, this time specifically to recognise the latest and the greatest of innovative, secure, top level solutions and companies which are really making a difference and representing the best of cloud in the MENA region.  

Submissions for the awards will be accepted until the 20th of March. The list of finalists for each category will be announced by the 3rd of April. For each category, the first and second place will be announced on the evening of the awards ceremony on the 1st of May.

Categories for Cloud MENA in 2017:

  • Best Cloud Security Solution
  • Most Innovative Cloud Platform
  • Best Cloud Infrastructure Provider
  • Most Innovative Cloud Start-up
  • Best Cloud Deployment
  • Best CIO for Cloud in MENA