You’ve heard of Silicon Valley – but how about Silicon Oasis? That’s the nickname for tech-savvy Dubai, which hosted it’s first-ever Internet of Things Expo and Big Data Show.

Last week, Irfan Khan, CTO for Global Customer Operations, delivered the keynote address on why Middle East businesses need to simplify their operations and accelerate Big Data Business Initiatives. Irfan explained the key trends that are shaping our future, the importance of simplification and how SAP can transform businesses on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.Irfan also showed how the SAP HANA platform is fuelling the fight against contagious diseases like Ebola with Prof. Dr. Gerard Krause, Head of Department Epidemiology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research who shared the impact of real time data insight helping patients.

Pedro Pereira  from SAP talked about How Big Data will realize the IOT Enabled Dubai Smart City government Initiatives.

According to Deloitte the Middle East’s Internet of Things (IoT) revenue will reach nearly USD 2 billion in 2015 outpacing the global average the Gulf region is embracing to diversify its economy.In this emerging Digital Economy, as more objects and devices are connected together, SAP is seeing strong take-up in the Middle East for the recently-released SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA (SAP S/4 HANA), which connects people, devices, and business networks in real time.

“The Internet of Things will be the Middle East’s biggest game-changer. Already SAP counts more than 370 SAP S4/HANA customers worldwide, with key enterprises in the Middle East embracing the platform’s in-memory and real-time capabilities to support economic growth. SAP leadership voice at the IOT expo and Big Data Show was definitely prominent with a buzz at the SAP booth. With about 800 total attendees, the SAP booth had great attendance over the two day period.

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