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Setting the agenda

This year's Global Conference agenda has once again proved a roaring success, bringing together executives from around the ICT industry to analyse hot market trends.

This year's Global Conference agenda has once again proved a roaring success, bringing together executives from around the ICT industry to analyse hot market trends.

The 2008 Global Conference has been expanded to include 35 tracks as well as numerous power lunches and discussion forums, allowing executives to share experiences and explore key technology issues.

Senior ICT professionals have travelled from across the region to discuss the current state of the market and development opportunities.

Fadi Hindi, head of IT planning and enterprise architecture for Dubai Customs, hosted a packed tutorial on enterprise architecture. He believes it is important for industry experts to collaborate.

"The week long GITEX Global Conference offers excellent learning opportunities for industry professionals across several sectors," says Hindi. "Through exchanging knowledge and expertise, it provides guidelines to make wise investments in the region's IT industry. In the current economic climate there has never been a greater need for the latest information and advice," he adds.

Hindi's sentiment is echoed by Fazial Eledath, CIO of Dubai Bank, who took part in the first of a series of CxO lunches on IT in banking.

"GITEX Technology Week has always been one of the best places to meet ICT executives in the region," he says. "It allows us to see other people in the Middle East and interact with senior managers from other companies."

Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of GITEX Technology Week organiser Dubai World Trade Centre, says the Global Conference has helped to enrich the local industry.

"I'm delighted that so many senior decision-makers are using this as a platform for networking and knowledge exchange," he comments.

Today's Global Conference programme includes tracks on ‘Building a fraud-aware organisational culture' and ‘Smart sourcing - drawing up technology sourcing strategies'.

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