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Adam Lalani is the Group Head of IT for the Tristar Group of Companies. Tristar is an integrated liquid logistics solution provider with several different business verticals, including road transport, shipping and UN peacekeeping missions.
In his varied career, he worked for one of the UK’s oldest high street chains tasked with a Y2K driven phase-out of old IBM AS/400 mainframes, before working on an automation project for 150 stores across the UK that provided real time sales data from each outlet.
Later, he worked as the IT Manager for Europe and the Middle East for the steel trading subsidiary of Arcelor Mittal (Macsteel) before joining ESHIPS as Head of IT & Administration – working on projects that included the early adoption of various cloud-computing technologies. He moved to Tristar as a result of their US$90 million acquisition of ESHIPS in March 2016.
Adam is a certified ITILv3 Expert, a PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner, a Member of the British Computer Society and holds an MSc in Computer Network Management.
We spoke with Mr. Lalani ahead of the event and here's what he shared with us:
What are you most looking forward to with regards to speaking and attending the Cloud MENA event in Dubai?
The yearly Cloud MENA event is one that I try very hard to make time for. I’ve met many people, and found the speakers to be interesting and engaging. As someone that is invited to a lot of events, I can definitely say that the Cloud MENA event is in the top tier of events in Dubai.
How important is Cloud right now for the logistics industry, and how is this likely to change/evolve in the future?
Traditionally, the logistics industry has a lot of inertia when it comes to technology adoption and/or changes, and leveraging various cloud technologies enables the industry to sidestep the inertia and move faster. I think this paradigm holds true across industries as well.
What would you say are the benefits from blockchain and why other companies should consider it?
I’ll talk a little about the history of trust, some of the issues and challenges that we face in the logistics space, and why I believe that Blockchain is the panacea for these issues. If you’re lucky, I might even give a small peek at our platform.
What are the other technologies related to Cloud that you are currently exploring?
We have other Blockchain projects in the pipeline that I can’t go into for confidentiality reasons, but we are looking at using cloud for collaboration – as we have a significant proportion of our user base overseas and want to give a rich experience to those users by being able to quickly provision new systems and services using the cloud.