Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 84 | Page 7



Welcome to the latest edition of Intelligent CIO Middle East . A new global study commissioned by Ciena , has uncovered just how ready business professionals are to collaborate in the virtual world . According to the findings , 96 % of the 15,000 business professionals surveyed across the globe recognise the value of virtual meetings and more than three-quarters ( 78 %) say they would participate in more immersive experiences like the metaverse versus current tools , such as video conferencing .

In this regard , we continue to cover articles in this edition of the magazine that address disruptive technologies and how CIOs can adopt these technologies to increase acceptance of virtual meetings .
Gracing the cover of this month ’ s edition is Maha Al Mahmood , Head of Treasury Customer Service Sales Flow Business , National Bank of Bahrain and Jaffar Hussain , Head of Liquidity and Market Risk , National Bank of Bahrain , who tell us the bank ’ s Digital Transformation journey and how it has enhanced its trading capabilities and is powering its commercial growth .
Among the many insights , Hussain shares that : “ Upgrading to Fusion Kondor has opened up the capital markets sector for the National Bank of Bahrain and is helping us to expand our market share in this arena .”
You can read more by turning to page 58 .
Elsewhere in the magazine , we look at companies that made a mark at this year ’ s GITEX GLOBAL 2022 and find out what they achieved at the show .
You will find this feature on page 40 .
As usual , we have all your favourite features , opinion , insight pieces and analysis articles from the Middle East region . You can also read daily news updates on our website at www . intelligentcio . com / me /.
And kindly , don ’ t forget if you would like to get in touch , please email me at manda @ lynchpinmedia . com .
Once again , I would also like to wish you a great month ahead . Enjoy the read !
“ To ensure that we always deliver the same excellent level of service for businesses as we do for our retail customers , we launched a Digital Transformation project to strengthen the core systems and processes that support our capital markets operations ,” says Al Mahmood .
Manda Banda Editor
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