Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 74 - Page 36

FEATURE : AI investments from major international technology companies and a national focus on building AI capabilities , they hold the potential to become game changers in the region ,” he said .
Given the momentum around AI adoption across MEA , what are some of the pitfalls CIOs and IT teams should avoid when deploying AI technologies in their enterprise environment ?
Tarek Saliba , Presales Senior Manager , UAE ,
Dell Technologies
He said AI is expected to be a crucial element in aiding these countries ’ transitions into post-oil economies , and they have taken numerous initiatives towards their AI ambitions . “ Some of these examples include , and are not limited to , the UAE and Saudi Arabia setting out national strategies for AI to become leading global AI players , as well as Bahrain boosting research and development in AI through establishing the Nasser Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Centre .
“ These countries are increasingly suited to become leading regional hubs for AI . With continued
Tarek Saliba , Presales Senior Manager , UAE , Dell Technologies , said IT teams need to be flexible and agile , with a quick ability to understand and execute next-generation technologies . Saliba said staying one step ahead and seizing these opportunities will prevent organisations from falling behind .
“ CIOs should also nurture strong relationships with C-suite executives for swift coordination and keeping up with the demands of the digital age .
“ Moreover , incorporating AI tools throughout operations is serving to transform products and services in unprecedented ways . Understanding and analysing new trends will allow CIOs to prepare for and grasp new opportunities . Instead of transforming by adopting multiple technologies , focusing on changes
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