In today’s connected post-coronavirus world, technology has become the number one driver of business growth and companies that are too slow to adopt technology are at risk of being left behind, said Faisal Ameer Malik, CTO of the Enterprise Business Group. Huawei Middle East.

The response to the coronavirus is a good indicator of this, as companies that don’t quickly implement a digital transformation strategy will struggle to maintain their bottom line, Malik said.

“Though unfortunate, Covid-19 has made it clear to everyone that technology is not just a business enabler, it is also a matter of survival,” Malik said.

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“During the pandemic, we saw that the organizations and sectors that adopted technology faster and faster, or had a better understanding of it, were able to survive longer. They were able to keep working better as the effects of the pandemic lasted for almost two years, ”he continued.

There has been a massive adoption of technology in several industries in the region, including manufacturing, oil and gas, health, education, government and transportation, Malik said.

“The technology domain is very large and we see that the impact of certain technologies such as cloud, 5G, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and other basic technologies will play a very important role in the implementation in the future.” Whatever we want to achieve, “explained he.

Faisal Ameer Malik, CTO of the Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Middle East.

“The acceptance rate in the region is very good and it all depends on the leadership. We saw how fast it is in Dubai to adopt new ideas and technologies. The trend is almost the same across the region, ”said Malik.

He added, “It is accepted that technology plays an important role in making things better. Speaking of being in the malls, on the streets, in clinics, in schools … with all of these important services related to living in the area, there is a fairly quick and open-minded adoption of the technology. ”

However, the speed at which industries can adopt technology depends on their country’s regulatory framework, and the Middle East has emerged as a pioneer in digital transformation, Malik said.

“If government ICT policies are well thought out and defined, simple and realistic to implement, industry-level transformation will happen faster,” said Malik.

Fortunately, the Middle Eastern governments really understand this aspect and are designing technical regulations according to the business needs of different industries. They interact with all stakeholders and then draft the guidelines so that the technology is used in the right way, under the right legal framework, and brings the maximum benefit to citizens and businesses, ”he said.

Malik cited the example of how the region “is at the forefront of adopting 5G technology. The government, operators and regulators in this region play a very important role as a catalyst to accelerate the whole process of 3G adoption for the industry ”. , not just consumers.

“There are many stakeholders from the industry itself, solution providers, network operators, us as technology providers and regulators involved to make everything easy. We are working on all of these levels as Huawei, ”he said.

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