Annie Bricker

Annie Bricker

Vintage tech: TI-99

Released in June 1981 in the United States, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A was an updated version of their unpopular TI-99/4 released two years prior.

First in flight

Gulf Air, the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has a history of flying high. The firm’s Director of IT, Dr. Jassim Haji, relished the opportunity to upgrade its data centre to a first-class package.

Centred security

From SDN to cloud, the transition to any modern technology requires careful management. This all starts in the data centre, where carefully chosen solutions can give the enterprise the best chance of success in terms of security.

Set in concrete

With a lack of sufficient processes to ensure timely delivery of its product, Gulf Precast was suffering. Mohammad Shahzad, ICT Manager, Gulf Precast Concrete, implemented an enterprise-wide ERP solution which has vastly improved operating processes and had a huge impact on the company’s bottom line.

Savvy shopping

Shoppers at the global grocery chain Carrefour come in for the savings, and leave laden down with the week’s shop. What they don’t see are the piles of paperwork it takes to keep things running smoothly. The potential for data loss when working with a paper-based system was simply too high for Ihab Damouri, GM of HR , Carrefour Middle East, to abide. He turned to technology for a solution.

Paper purge

Any firm specialising in construction and engineering work needs rock solid business processes to match its concrete end products. Unfortunately for BATCO Group, a reliance on paper documents left the firm with serious problems. IT Manager Chadi Eid sought an enterprise content management solution as a remedy.

Striking a balance

The concept of business-IT alignment is a top priority for most CIOs around the world. But it presents a conundrum. How can CIOs ensure that their efforts satisfy a company’s internal technology needs as well as delivering value to the most important stakeholder – the customer?

Losing IT

Highly publicised events have demonstrated that it is now more difficult than ever to protect an organisation’s internal data. Advances in technology and productivity tools have made collaboration in the workplace easier, while also creating new vectors for data to leave the organisation.

Huawei’s cloud map – HCC 2015

The 5th Huawei Cloud Congress was held in Shanghai this month on 18th and 19th with the theme “Make IT Simple, Make Business Agile”. With over ten thousand participants in attendance – including one thousand global carriers and ICT partners – the Shanghai Expo Centre was abuzz with talk of the company’s new products, milestones and projects.

Review: Razer Blade 3T

Razor’s latest Blade 3T is exceptionally designed for hard-core gamers with almost nothing to dislike, says Annie Bricker.

Behind the money

Sana Khater, CFO, Waha Capital, is one of the most influential women in business – and she has the awards to prove it. With over 20 years of experience in the finance and banking sectors, Khater discusses how collaboration between departments is key for the modern CFO.

Virtual velocity

With a growing number of passengers and an ever-expanding fleet of planes, flydubai is soaring. With success such as theirs, however, often come a few challenges. To address their IT needs, flydubai turned to virtualisation so that their vision would never be grounded.

Spy games

More and more, headlines are drawing attention to instances of cyber-espionage. Beyond basic hacking, cyber-espionage targets governments or companies with the goal of extracting information or trade secrets. In this secret world, what motivates these hackers and what can be done to stop them.


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