Dubai: So, check it out…this year, there was no holdin’ back on tech spending in the UAE and Gulf. I mean, even with businesses dealin’ with rising interest rates and all the cost pressures that come with it, they still kept their capex levels up for tech investments. That’s impressive, man.
Now, here’s the deal – with everyone goin’ crazy over AI and tryin’ to get AI-ready and all, these enterprises ain’t got much room to cut back on their tech costs. They gotta make that cash available for AI, you know what I’m sayin’?
Let’s hear it straight from the General Manager of Microsoft UAE, Naim Yazbeck. He’s got the inside scoop on what CEOs, CFOs, and CTOs are gonna be spendin’ their dough on.
Last year, it was all about gettin’ on the cloud. Has AI taken over?
Well, my man, cloud and AI go hand in hand. You see, runnin’ AI services on your own premises requires some serious computing power and expertise. But let me tell ya, AI is on everyone’s mind these days. It ain’t just about automatin’ tasks anymore – it’s about revolutionizin’ how businesses analyze data and solve problems. The governments of the UAE and the GCC knew this early on and have been investin’ heavily in AI research and development. They’re all about that AI life, you know what I’m sayin’?
That’s why this year’s theme at Gitex Global is ‘The Year to Imagine AI in Everything’. It’s all about takin’ AI to the next level, my friends.
So, what should come first – cloud integration or AI integration?
Well, my man, it really depends on what the organization needs and how ready they are. But usually, cloud integration comes first because you need that scalable infrastructure for AI. The cloud is like the foundation for storin’ and processin’ all that data that AI relies on. So, most businesses focus on gettin’ their systems in the cloud first and then start explorin’ how AI can improve their operations, you know?
Some businesses might wanna do both at the same time, integratin’ AI within their cloud environments to boost efficiency and decision-making. But listen up, there are plenty of AI solutions out there, so they gotta think carefully about their needs and goals before choosin’.
Now, businesses are still a bit confused about how to bring in AI. It’s not somethin’ you can just buy off the shelf. What’s their game plan?
You’re right, my friend. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to AI integration. First thing, these businesses gotta be clear on their goals and then find the right AI solutions for ’em. It’s all about havin’ a solid AI strategy and roadmap in place. Then they can either build their own AI expertise or team up with AI service providers. And let me tell ya, havin’ the right team of AI-savvy people is gonna be a game-changer. They can troubleshoot any problems that come up along the way, no doubt about it.
Another thing, they shouldn’t go all-in at once. Start small with some pilot projects and learn as they go. Rome wasn’t built in a day, man. They gotta identify a specific problem that AI can solve for ’em. And hey, there are also pre-built AI solutions out there that can help solve common business problems. So, they better explore those possibilities too.
So, is Microsoft Gulf excited about the AI investment side? Do they see some enterprise possibilities, man?
Absolutely, my friend! Microsoft is pumped about the AI investment landscape in the region. Businesses of all sizes and in all industries are jumpin’ on the AI bandwagon. They know that AI has the power to revolutionize work and drive economic growth. And Microsoft is all about making AI accessible and responsible. They wanna help people and organizations around the world be more productive and find innovative solutions to our society’s biggest problems. It’s gonna be epic!