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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 04/01/2014

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) EMC's global survey asked thousands of IT decision makers from 50 countries for their perspective on the challenges and opportunities that Big Data, IT transformation, and related skills can present to their companies. The IT Transformation survey was also conducted across key markets in the Middle East including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where a majority of respondents reported a positive outlook to Big Data adoption and IT Transformation.

87 per cent of respondents in the UAE, 85 per cent in Qatar, and 88 per cent of respondents in Saudi Arabia reported that decisions in their organisation could be improved with better use of data. The top three drivers for the transformation of IT systems and infrastructure were found to be improved business processes; improved governance and compliance; and developing new routes to market/selling strategies.

66 per cent of respondents reported that they had the correct level of skills and knowledge in place to complete their business priorities successfully, while three quarters of respondents reported that ensuring skills keep pace with the rate of IT innovation will be a challenge for their organisations over the next three years. A majority of respondents agreed that IT is now equipped to handle the most essential business priorities, and that the biggest barrier to coping with business priorities was cultural.

Helene Barnekow, senior vice- president of worldwide field and partner marketing, EMC Corporation, said: "We weren't surprised to see that three-quarters of businesses see IT as key to meeting their goals in the next two years after all, IT can help businesses find efficiencies in a challenging economic climate while providing a platform for innovation for products and customers."

"It was surprising however, to see that one-third of businesses are not considering Big Data solutions. We expect this to change in the near-term as individuals and companies hear more about the transformative benefits that are achievable with Big Data analytics technology."

 






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