Its been warm and sunny in Dubai, UAE, host to the Gitex Technology Week 2013, at the Dubai World Trade Center. Opening today, the show is literally the live wire for the Middle East technology roadmap.
it seems that this show is all about the Big Data and cloud. On Oct.
21st, there is the Cloud Confex, where enterprises can learn how they
can achieve the benefits of transformation. Are the CIOs and the
businesses really prepared for Big Data? You can find that out by
attending the session on Big Data on Oct. 22nd. There is the digital
strategies day as well, on Oct. 23rd, where enterprises can find out
more about how to integrate mobile and social media into their business
models. This session should help you understand what customers or users
do online, and more importantly, why they do that!
are said to be 1,500 or so exhibitors at Gitex 2013. My attention was
drawn to the gsmExchange, said to be the global trading platform for
mobile phone wholesale since 2000. You can buy or sell mobiles phones as
well as refurbished mobile phones at this portal. You can also buy and
sell mobile phone accessories as well. Kaspersky Lab has a large booth,
catering to the Internet security and mobile security products. Cisco is
showcasing its intelligent network products portfolio.
there’s news about Datawind, and its low-cost phablet for the Indian
market at Rs. 6,999 (taxes extra). Cyberoam is showcasing the next
generation firewall (NGFW) and its enterprise security offerings.
TP-LINK has launched its flagship 802.11ac wireless router, which is
providing up to 1750Mbps of wireless bandwidth and set to change the way
we look at home networking.
Olivetti is presenting
innovative solutions and products whose features will be of particular
interest to banks and post offices, such as the revolutionary MB-2 ADF,
an all-in-one product for bank front offices that combines specialised
printer functions with those of an A4 scanner, a cheque reader and
allows the automatic multi-page documents feed thanks to the ADF. It is
also displaying the Oliscan A600, a duplex colour scanner, the M206 and
M210 multiservice terminals, and so on.
I saw a booth
from Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), which is showcasing the
park’s hi-tech ecosystem. Five years ago, when I was in Dubai, the
director had informed me that the DSOA was large enough to fit in eight
wafer fabs! Where are those fabs, dear sirs? Does it seem that the focus
has shifted from fabs to providing incentives and state-of-the-art
infrastructure to technology companies looking to set up shop in Dubai?
We will try and find out, time permitting.
There is a
strong presence of the local government, with large booths showcasing
their wares. The Dubai Smart Government has introduced several new
applications, such as the mobile gateway app – mDubai, mPay app, HR
self-service app, MyID and iProc mobile app, and the suggestions and
complaints app. Great work!
There are large booths
mostly, especially from Etisalat, the Middle East’s leading
telecommunications operator and one of the largest corporations in the
six Arab countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council, Intel, which is
showcasing its enterprise solutions, and Huawei, which is targeting the
data centers, as well as enterprises.
There will be more updates tomorrow, as I’ve to rush for a meeting.