Posted on September 16, 2015

The impact of the cloud, mobile, exploding volumes of data, and the need to modernize legacy systems are driving new data requirements. Attendees in Doha, Qatar heard from senior executives at Commvault, the leader in data and information management and leading industry analyst firm IDC that IT investments in Qatar are expected to grow by 7.5%* this year in hardware, software and IT services. Big drivers for the increased IT spend are growth in public sector’s infrastructure, transportation, education and healthcare projects. The main concerns plaguing Qatari CIOs are data related: how to manage, protect, secure and optimize it.

“To succeed, you need to think of data not as a challenge, but as a critical strategic asset,” said Bassam Hemdan, Area Vice President for MESAT, CommVault. “It is as valuable as traditional business assets — if not more so. Treated properly, your data can save you time, money and resources, and open opportunities you may not have seen before.”

Data growth remains a key concern 2 [].jpgAdriana Rangel, Research Director for Systems and Infrastructure Solutions Middle East, IDC – shared insightful findings and best practices for data management which included:

  • While building the IT infrastructure plan for scalability and fast change
  • Managing data is as critical as protecting it
  • Compliance will impact processes, so build for smart data management which will avoid excessive investments in storage infrastructure

Data is growing at an astronomical speed every year, and companies are unaware of  what to do with all the data, let alone how to manage it or protect it. Data protection has come a long way, moving from simple backup and archive to more robust functions, including deduplication, eDiscovery, filtering, searching and more. With the advent of new technologies, data protection has become even more complex, now needing to accommodate many devices, many locations and many formats.

The data boom is dominating strategic conversations in boardrooms, fundamentally changing business. The one day conference shed light on the explosion of data across all industries and platforms and urged attendees to turn data insight into business foresight.

*excludes mobile phone market numbers