Reminders

CEE/MEA Group

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With IT departments increasingly being asked not only to expand the reach and roster of their services, but also innovate in terms of how these services are delivered to citizens, more and more Middle East government CIOs are approaching IDC with questions on how to meet these twin demands without pushing complexities to unmanageable levels. And with end-user expectations and service delivery requirements ratcheting up by the day, that task is not becoming any easier, so which technology investments in particular are they focusing on? (Originally published October 9, 2014)


With a recent IDC Health Insights survey of hospitals across the MEA identifying a strong correlation between IT infrastructure investment plans and a desire among hospitals to increase patient satisfaction, healthcare providers across the Middle East are increasingly switching their attention to the so-called 3rd Platform technologies of mobility, cloud, and big data and the benefits they can bring. So what does the future hold for eHealth in the Middle East? (Originally published September 18, 2014.)


Social networking is among the megatrends currently revolutionizing the consumer and enterprise IT space. The concept has enjoyed tremendous adoption rates and become mainstream in the consumer space across Gulf countries such as the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, with strong Internet penetration and a young, tech-savvy population serving as the key drivers. In addition, the increasing demand for ubiquitous access to information and the growing collaboration needs of users are also contributing to this uptake. (Originally published September 24, 2014.)


IT managers in Poland are probably more relaxed than their international counterparts in Central and Eastern Europe. The main reason: trust. A recent IDC survey creates an informal trust index that indicates IT managers in Poland, relative to managers in other CEE countries, are less worried about staff messing up carefully configured systems or leaking data.


The potential of cloud-based services has found expression in beautifully crafted marketing material from IT firms and consulting firms alike. Most of the visions are on the right track. What they fail to show is the development of the backend and the winners and losers that will emerge as cloud becomes a dominant IT paradigm.


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