EMC today hosted a first of a kind event in the region themed “EMC Day 2012: Transform IT + Business + Yourself” at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, UAE. The event kicked off with a business-focused keynote by Said Akar, District Manager, South Gulf, EMC who mainly examined the trends of Big Data and Advanced Analytics as well as the technology, services and education needed to thrive in this new field.
Following the opening keynote, Zaher Haydar, EMC Regional Pre-Sales Manager, Turkey Emerging Africa and Middle East delivered a technology-focused keynote highlighting how various organizations have highly virtualized IT but have yet to re-architect processes to efficiently deliver IT-As-A-Service. This discussion addressed the changes necessary to move to a new model; one which requires IT to transform to an internal service provider, shifting focus from infrastructure cost to business agility.
As part of the IT Transformation Day, a series of 12 technology workshops were also conducted under the themes of IT and Business Transformation.The workshopscovered a number of current topics such as disruptive Data Science - How Data Science and Big Data are Transforming Business, IT and People; Implementing Advanced Security Management; Taking Action on Big Data Using EMC Documentum xCP and Pivotal Labs; Considerations for building Infrastructures for the Post PC era; Accelerating Storage Transformation: VMAX and VPLEX; Readiness of EMC Isilon Scale-out Storage to Transform Business; Delivering higher performance and availability in an Oracle Environment; Transforming SAP Leveraging Cloud & Big Data; Technical Considerations for Transforming Microsoft Applications to the Cloud.