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Global CIO Forum, AWS, Zero&One hosted Cloud- Elevate to Innovate event on 14th September.
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GCF partners with AWS, Zero&One to hold CIO meet on cloud migration

On 14th September, Global CIO Forum in association with AWS and Zero&One organised an in-person roundtable event on Cloud- Elevate to Innovate at Dubai’s premier golfing arena at The Top Golf.

The event was focused on how to overcome the challenges of cloud migration and benefits of moving to the AWS platform. Presently, the hybrid cloud ecosystem is evolving to a point where private cloud, public cloud co-exists with on-premises IT infrastructure. As well as the benefits of adopting the AWS cloud platform and leveraging the services of a certified cloud partner.

Cloud- Elevate to Innovate event was moderated by Arun Shankar, Editor, GEC Media Group, and keynote speakers were Harish Dunakhe, Director, Research – Software Program, IDC, Rached Dabboussi, Head of Sales, Middle East, and North Africa at AWS, Ashwani Kumar, Business Development, AWS Migration Acceleration Program, EMEA and Ali El Kontar, Founder and CEO, Zero&One.

The face to face event was started with lunch and networking at The Top Golf and attended by the 20 CIOs. Here are the highlights of the speakers at Cloud- Elevate to Innovate event.


Hybrid Cloud: The Platform for Innovation in the Next Normal

Speaking at the event, Harish Dunakhe, Director, Research – Software Program, IDC highlighted the trends of cloud adoption and provide the audience with practical insights that can be applied in your IT environment. Harish also spoke about benefits of cloud adoption, a few challenges such as lack of talent availability and inability of organisations to create a cloud adoption road map are also seen to be emerging.


Reinvent your business with AWS

Rached Dabboussi, Head of Sales, Middle East and North Africa at AWS discussed how moving applications, data, and workloads to the cloud provides the flexibility you need to reinvent your business.


How to accelerate your cloud migration and modernisation journey with an outcome-driven methodology

While addressing the session, Ashwani Kumar, Business Development, AWS Migration Acceleration Program, EMEA provided insights into Migration Acceleration Program’s value proposition including the tools that reduce costs and automate and accelerate execution, tailored training approaches, a global partner ecosystem, and AWS investment.


Case Study: Customer Journey to the Cloud

Ali El Kontar, Founder and CEO, Zero&One shared the after math of an all-in migration for one of their Enterprise customers as well as how Zero&One helped to accelerate the journey.


The Cloud- Elevate to Innovate event concluded with an interactive question and answer session, participants also received special giveaways at the end of the session.

The face-to-face event was organised with all the safety guidelines announced by the Emirates of Dubai.