Bahrain becomes the first to complete data virtualisation

Dr Mohd Al Amer
The Kingdom of Bahrain, which enjoys one of the most liberal telecom sectors in the MENA, has become the first to complete the government data centre virtualisation, a top official disclosed.

“With the completion of virtualisation process means it is fully cloud ready system and becomes one of the first in the region,” Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Amer, TRA Chairman and CICS President, told an audience of ICT Forum in Bahrain.

Organised by the ICT committee of the Federation of Arab Engineers (FAE) and the Bahrain Society of Engineers (BSE), the two-day 2nd Arab ICT 2012 Forum kick off at the BSE premises on Monday and attracted over 200 professionals, delegates and experts.

The Forum Arab ICT 2012 Forum considered as an exciting event that seeks to establish an enduring interaction and cooperation between the local and regional ICT leaders and professionals and to engage in discussions related to the latest global development in the ICT sector that is affecting policy makers and stakeholders and hence make it a powerful opportunity for learning.

Dr Al Amer, a veteran ICT professional, in his keynote said that the technology evolution including the swift adoption to the social media the existing touch relation between humans was rapidly fading away.

“We should work and look forward towards high-tech and high touch technology to keep the social values alive,” he added.

The forum covered a variety of topics including :Global trends in the development of ICT services and applications, Challenges facing the Telecommunication industry and operators, latest developments of New technologies in the Arab Region, challenges opportunities of Cloud Computing and virtualization, latest Trends and Practices using ICT to deliver e-Government Services, Public and Private investment initiatives for ICT Development, role of ICT in the Development of Education, Training and Scientific Research , contribution of the ITU in the development of ICT in the Arab Region, role of Information and Communications Technology to reduce the effects of natural and humanitarian disasters and the application of Green Technology in ICT hardware.
Over 25 speakers who addressed the event include ICT experts and represent telecommunication operators, ICT suppliers, major local companies, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), well known IT and Software companies have been selected to address these topics and the final list together with the forum program will be available by the end of July.

Also in collaboration with the Institution of Engineers (India)-Bahrain Chapter and the Indian Embassy, the Arab ICT 2012 Forum organizing committee, invited Dr Sam Pitrdo, who is an internationally accepted telecommunication expert and a visionary as a keynote speaker.
The programme included a daily interactive discussion with a panel of experts who bring all of the insights, experience and expertise to Arab ICT 2012 Forum.
“We are very grateful to the local, regional and international companies and institutions that will sponsor and support Arab ICT 2012 Forum and in particular, we are very delighted that Batelco, the leading integrated telecommunications provider to the Kingdom of Bahrain, to be event’s Strategic Partner of Arab ICT 2012 Forum,” Saleh Tarradah, Chairman ICT Committee Federation of Arab Engineers in a statement said.

It is worth noting that the first forum was held in Bahrain in November, 2010 and has attracted a significant number of ICT professionals from the public and private sectors in Bahrain representing Technical , Business , Audit , Information Security , Policy , Regulation , Customer Services , Consultation, Strategic Business Development, Sales and Marketing areas of their organizations.

“Arab ICT 2012 Forum is the ideal gathering for ICT professionals and managers for networking and keeping abreast of the development in the ICT field which will enable them to make the right investment decisions, improve their operational excellence strategies, contributes towards better customer experience, and get ideas for new products and services which will boost business growth, performance, efficiency and innovation,” he added.

According to recent analysis and reviews, Turkey, Brazil and India are examples of countries that were able to achieve high economic growth levels in recent years and in a short period of time and this wouldn’t have happened if it were not for developing their human resources and using ICT in different fields.
“Arab ICT 2012 Forum provides the best opportunity for those who want to enlarge the use of ICT based solutions to address today’s business challenges. The participants will get hands on insights and experiences of using the latest technologies in ICT – as well as discover new opportunities to boost their career through networking.”

“Organizing such forum is part of the main objectives of the FAE ICT Committee that includes the contribution to the development of skills and talent of ICT engineers, the encouragement and support of scientific, various engineering and technical activities in the ICT field and also the organizing of courses, workshops, forums and conferences related to ICT and to encourage private sector investment in the telecommunications industry and information technology in the Arab world,” he said.

The members of the organizing committee of Arab ICT 2012 Forum included Saleh Tarradah, Jameel Khalaf Al-Alawi, Dr. A. Imam Al-Sammak, Dr. Raida Al-Alawi, Abbas Ally, Mohamed Al-Asfoor, Dr. A.Malik Al-Jalai, Dr. Ahmed Al-Wahoush and Ayman Nasser.
“The ICT professionals engaged in setting strategy or overseeing execution and those who are interested in learning how to reap the benefits of ICT for their organization, there will be plenty of opportunities at Arab ICT 2012 Forum to do so and hence they should not miss it and hence it is a ‘must attend’ event,” Tarradah, added.

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