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Show dates: 16-20 October 2016, Dubai World Trade Centre | AT GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK | Exhibition hours: 10am -7pm

Etisalat Digital and Accenture sign MOU to lead regional digital transformations Etisalat, through its newly established Etisalat Digital, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Accenture at the GITEX Technology Week 2016, to collaborate in the digital solutions arena to enable ICT and digital transformation in the region. The two parties will work together combining Etisalat Digital’s technology platforms and solutions 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

WHAT’S INSIDE Honeywell showcases the future of connectivity

Infoblox announces critical innovations at GITEX

Cherif Sleiman, Infoblox

Infoblox has returned to GITEX Technology Week for its fourth consecutive year to showcase its latest DNS protection solutions and the new ‘Actionable Network Intelligence’ platform. Cherif Sleiman, General Manager, Middle East and Africa, Infoblox, is hoping that the company’s presence at this year’s event will create awareness regarding the critical trends that are hitting customers head on in cyber

warfare and cloud computing. He said, “We are launching two major innovations this week at GITEX 2016. The first is our DNS Firewall-asa-Service solution, which provides DNS protection to roaming devices in the cloud. The second is the Actionable Network Intelligence platform, which provides intelligence through actionable control points.” Sleiman continued, 4 CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Linksys presents latest WiFi routers at GITEX

GITEX 2016 highlights

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Etisalat... with Accenture’s business knowledge, solutions and expertise to deliver leading capabilities, assets and technologies. This commercial agreement will allow Etisalat and Accenture to provide large enterprise clients with end-toend digital solutions and guide them through a transformational journey from design to rapid delivery resulting in tangible business results. The MoU was signed by Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer of Etisalat Group and Omar Boulos, Regional Managing Director of Accenture in the

Middle East and North Africa, during GITEX Technology Week 2016, in the presence of senior representatives from both organisations including Francisco Salcedo, SVP, Digital Solutions, Etisalat and Gerardo Canta, Managing Director of Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology practice in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Turkey. The commercial agreement is closely aligned with UAE government’s vision 2021, which aims to ensure sustainable development while preserving the environment, and achieving a strong balance between economic and social development. The integration

of both companies’ capabilities will support the UAE public and private entities through the strategy, design and implementation of their IT and digital roadmaps, leveraging the special mix of experience from both global and local markets, and strong credentials in technologyenabled business innovation. “We are leveraging our collective expertise, forward thinking methodologies, and agile infrastructure to provide end-to-end digital solutions that will enable businesses to shift into a smarter today. We are delighted to start this digital transformation journey together with Accenture. This commercial agreement will focus

on large scale projects that are built on Etisalat Digital’s platforms and solutions and is reinforced by the professional services, solutions and best practices from both parties,” said Anglada. The scope of the agreement will see Etisalat and Accenture create new Digital Channels and new Digital Products/ Services leveraging Digital technologies (Internet of Things, Big Data, connected Health and connected Home, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cloud), as well as the more traditional Technology (IT Transformation, Application Modernization, Enterprise Integration, Intelligent Infrastructure, Security).

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Honeywell showcases the future of connectivity

Norm Gilsdorf, Honeywell

With the Internet of Things (IoT) market spend in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) forecast to reach $6.6 billion in 2016, ‘connectivity’ will be a key

theme of GITEX 2016, according to Honeywell. The global technology leader will take GITEX visitors on a connected journey from the home to the workplace, by showcasing the latest in Internet-connected solutions that demonstrate how homeowners and facility managers can make their surroundings more secure, comfortable, energy efficient and productive. With connectivity positioned as a key enabler of the regional smart city and economic growth visions, Honeywell’s solutions show how IoT is enabling smarter cities for those living and working in the Middle

East – from connected homes and buildings, to connected warehouses and industries. “Technology is a key driver of UAE Vision 2021’s strategy to enhance quality of life and promote sustainable economic growth across the nation,” said Norm Gilsdorf, President, Honeywell High Growth Regions, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia. “As a champion of smart technology with more than 60 years of experience supporting industries and governments in the region, Honeywell is helping make the Middle East’s smart city visions a reality, and is facilitating greener, safer and more productive buildings,

Lastline demos malware capabilities with new distributor, Bulwark its latest malware detection solutions. Under the new agreement, which was agreed just under two months ago, Bulwark will sell, support and provide value-added-services for Lastline’s entire product portfolio through its network of channel partners to customers in the Middle East. Lastline is focused on providing Federico de la Mora, Lastline comprehensive analysis of advanced malware. The company leverages this Lastline, a malware detection and threat intelligence to create advanced protection company, is utilising this malware defences for companies of year’s GITEX Technology Week to notify all sizes. customers of its recent distribution “We’re hoping to make a big splash agreement with Bulwark, and to promote at this year’s GITEX with this new

partnership announcement in this region,” said Federico de la Mora, Vice President of Sales, EMEA, Lastline. This week, the company is showcasing some of its latest malware solutions, to both detect and protect businesses against potential threats. “We now have full blocking capabilities for email, which is something that we are promoting at GITEX this year. It means we can actually stop malware as it is coming in to the network. And if there is a breach, we can stop the malware

homes and industries through innovation and new technology development.” At GITEX 2016, Honeywell will take visitors on a journey that demonstrates the true power of connectivity right from the home through to the commercial space, and will showcase a selection of its solutions, including VisionPRO 8000 Thermostat For Mosques, Honeywell Air Touch Air Purifier, Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, Honeywell Lynx Home Security, Honeywell Movilizer and Vocollect Solutions. Honeywell is showcasing a selection of its product portfolio on stand CC2-5A in Hall 7.

from taking information out of the business,” said Mora. “We are also announcing our high availability (HA) platform this week. This is a brand new multi-tenancy platform which we developed after deciding we needed to come up with a capacity that if the main manager went down, that there was something to fall back on.” Exhibiting alongside Bulwark in Hall 1, stand CL-20, the Lastline team are enthusiastic about the week ahead. “It has been a tremendous show for us so far. We have had many prospective partners showing interest in signing with us, and I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the week holds,” said Mora.

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Infoblox... “Over the last two years, DNS has come under a lot of pressure; hackers now use DNS as the number one threat vector to penetrate companies. The impact of exploitation is catastrophic for organisations, which is why we have introduced these innovations to protect it. Our DNS Firewall platform means that companies don’t necessarily need to buy security and deploy it onpremise, because this new solution means you can just point to the Infoblox cloud and we will secure DNS for you.” With regards to the Actionable Network

Intelligence platform, Sleiman commented on how it is vitally important for a company to have complete visibility across the network, to understand who should and shouldn’t have access. “The AIN platform allows organisations to unlock insights and make more meaningful decisions through this holistic visibility offering,” he said. “It also reduces the scale of risk to a company by identifying malicious activity at network control points.” Exhibiting for the fourth year at the event, Sleiman reflected on the

GITEX has evolved from being more of an entertainment exhibition, to now being a well-regarded platform to showcase the latest and greatest innovations.” transformation of GITEX over the years. “We use GITEX to conduct and conclude business. The event has evolved from being

more of an entertainment exhibition to now being a well-regarded platform to showcase the latest and greatest innovations.”


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Linksys presents latest WiFi routers at GITEX

Amanulla Khan, Linksys

Linksys is utilising GITEX Technology Week to promote its new range of WiFi networks to enhance user experience of wireless connectivity. Amanulla Khan, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Linksys, explained how the company - which was acquired by

Belkin in 2013 - has grown by 65 percent in the past year, “despite the current consensus that the market is flat.” He said, “Just last year, the company celebrated selling its hundred-millionth router. This year, we have worked in collaboration with research agencies, such as IDC, to distinguish what it is that customers really require and expect from their wireless connectivity experience. The results demonstrated that when asked ‘what can you not live with out?’, the second most popular answer was WiFi.” The survey findings have led to the launch of the next generation, WRT 3200 router at this years GITEX. Equipped with MU-MIO technology, this new router can

handle “seamless connections” of up to 8 devices at the same time. Linksys has also recently launched its ‘Range Extension’ technology. “Customers expressed that they wanted to utilise their network connection at various locations in their home, but when moving too far away from the router, the performance wasn’t good enough,” said Khan. “This new technology allows high performance at the edge of the network, and enhances seamless roaming from room-to-room.” Stationed at a stand almost twice the size of the company’s booth last year, the company has had a “very successful week” at the event so far, according to Khan. “We strongly believe in GITEX, and we use it as a platform to share our

product roadmap with existing and potential partners, so that they know what to expect from Linksys over the next twelve months,” he said. “We have been actively looking to engage with potential distributors across the region, and GITEX is a great opportunity for us to connect with these prospects.” He added, “Getting feedback from customers and partners during GITEX is also vitally important for us. We have had some very encouraging discussions this week, and I look forward to consolidating these conversations after the week is over, which will hopefully open up new opportunities for the company.” Visit the Linksys stand in Zabeel Hall, G32, for more information.

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learning, digital workplace, handling challenges of Big Data and being a key solution in managing challenges related to unstructured data. According to Nabil Azar, the company’s Managing Director, every vendor today focuses on best

practices related to structured data however latest statistics shows that 80 percent of the content in any organisation will be unstructured data. Research also has indicated that more than 30 percent of overall data coming from multiple data sources will be

ACIS IT is set to educate the audience on overcoming challenges related to unstructured data.” 8


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duplicate and garbage data, hence we have a bottleneck situation. “As the exclusive distributor of Intergator in MEA, ACIS IT is set to educate the audience at GITEX 2016 on overcoming these challenges related to unstructured data with maximised business benefits. Moreover, with UAE’s focus on building a smart city and the way Big Data is transforming the manner in which companies work, ACIS Information Technology has a long way to go in contributing towards the digital data era,” he adds.


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