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Introducing Ali Katkhada, Group Chief Information Officer at Depa Group

Ahead of Cloud MENA we caught up with Ali Katkhada the Group Chief Information Officer at Depa Group.

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Ali Katkhada was appointed as the Group Chief Information Officer of Depa Group on Jan 16 2007. Prior to, he was leading teams in Oregon, US in building applications for federal government and private sectors.

Mr. Katkhada has more than fifteen years of experience in IT strategy, IT governance & compliance, IT security, business transformation & process automation, IT infrastructure & operations along with a multitude of successful ERP and CRM implementations. Mr. Katkhada is also a keynote speaker in many global IT conferences and universities and was ranked among Top Global CIOs for 2015.

Mr Katkhada holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Technology Management from Portland State University, USA. In addition to his Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and Diploma in Radio communication, he is an Oracle Certified Professional 2002 and also holds certifications in ITIL and PMP from the Project Management Institute.

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  1. What is the current state of the market for IoT in MENA?

People in MENA region are in the beginning stage of opting IoT, among the MENA region UAE is in  having huge potential to lead due to  demand, availability of infrastructure, technology and resources. Mostly we have seen the trend upward in the Hospitality and tourist  industries, however decision makers and Businesses are still having concerns considering IoT due to higher cost and risks associated with it.

  1. What is the regional approach to cloud security at present?

Cloud security is always a concern regardless the region, virtually there is no safe haven in cloud,  cloud industry is posing threat to data integrity and business continuity and we have seen in recent service outages from big cloud service providers, however majority of service providers are adopting to SAS 70 standard, SOX, HIPA  and implementing ISO/TEC 27001, 27002 policies we have optimistic the security will improve and matured, Despite the security concerns UAE is leading cloud technologies considering future growth of this country due to the benefits and flexibility comes with it

  1. Are cloud businesses in the MENA region ready for the rise of IoT?

No yet , a lot of work need to be done in terms of regulation, governance and educaiton. however, there are research and predictions that MENA will be the second largest growth in terms of opting cloud services.

  1. What are the challenges for IoT and Big Data in the cloud in MENA?

Since the definition of cloud means keeping the data on someone else server, Risk factor is always  associated with it,  security is concern for many business and individuals, managing the data is a real concern for many business on cloud,   running cost is still higher for longer tenure, Risks involved due to availability and performance and governance still not there yet.

  1. What are you most looking forward to with regards to speaking and participating at the 7th Cloud MENA next year in Dubai?

Hybrid Cloud for Construction Industry, despite the companies opting their basic services on the cloud, my focus will be on the Hybrid cloud and managing the risk of business continuity.



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To attend Ali Katkhada speaker session at Cloud MENA 2017 "Cloud in the Construction Industry" on  May 2nd at 11:30am make sure you get your ticket ahead of time.  To book your ticket now just click here and select your package or alternatively apply here for your free enterprise pass.

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