Executive Virtual Boardroom

Accelerating digital transformation
with NetApp Data Fabric

22 February, 2021
11:00am - 12:30pm


Data is at the heart of every business. Gartner states: “By 2022, 90% of corporate strategies will explicitly mention information as a critical enterprise asset and analytics as an essential competency.” Data-driven companies accelerate digital transformation, and, as a result, drive 3x greater profit, 3x increase in new customer acquisition, and 6x improvement in operational efficiency.

Digital transformation requires IT transformation: IT leaders must modernize and simplify IT to accelerate business critical applications, build private clouds to gain speed and agility, and fuel data-driven innovation on their choice of clouds.

To accomplish this, CIOs are building data fabrics. Whether you are focused on running your current environment better, growing with new capabilities, or transforming with cloud, you must ensure the right data is available at the right time in the right place. NetApp offers the proven capabilities for you to build and manage your data fabric: discover your resources, integrate disparate data services, automate your operations, optimize your data fabric over time, protect your data to prevent loss, and keep it secure. And since it’s your data fabric, you can attach it to any cloud.

Benefits of Attending

Realize the promise of cloud

Deliver a public cloud experience on the premises

Fuel your enterprise applications

Develop and deploy your applications faster

Accelerate your journey to AI


Time Activity
11:00 – 11:10 Welcome Note
11:10 – 11:40 Presentation
   .Thriving in the Third Wave
11.40 – 12:15 Interactive Panel Discussion
   .Role of AI and Cloud in digital transformation
12:15 – 12:30 Closing + Q&A


Matt Watts

Matt Watts

Chief Evangelist Worldwide Enterprise & Commercial Field Organisation

As CTE, Matt Watts provides guidance on NetApp’s overall strategy and technology solutions to a wide base of customers and the global partner community. Matt is also part of the Global Sales leadership team providing advice and guidance on technology and transformation.

He is a sought-after keynote speaker who combines his knowledge of the IT industry with anecdotes and stories. On stage, Matt is known for bringing technology to life with witty, easily understandable examples.

Matt started his career in technology as an aircraft engineer and has since accumulated over 25 years of IT experience, 15 of which have been spent with NetApp. Prior to his current role, he oversaw a number of significant IT projects, managed a team of System Engineers responsible for providing installation and onsite support, as well as being responsible for IT outsourcing contracts. This experience has put him in contact with all levels of IT leadership, enabling Matt to understand, communicate with and support clients across a wide range of industries and sizes with their IT strategies.

Matt Watts shares his experiences and industry learnings on his personal blog    www.watts-innovating.com.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/wattsmatt/    https://twitter.com/mtjwatts
Fadi Kanafani

Fadi Kanafani

Middle East Managing Director & General Manager

Fadi Kanafani is the Managing Director & General Manager for the Middle East at NetApp B.V. and leads the regional transformation to drive continuous growth and awareness. He is responsible for the development and execution of business strategies, partnering with a superior channel ecosystem and expanding the NetApp customer base. He drives the corporate vision with clear metrics to aid customers achieve their digital transformation journeys, harness the value of their data whilst promoting the NetApp brand, presence and capture incremental market share.

Fadi has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry at some of the world’s most influential technology companies. Prior to joining NetApp, he worked for Cisco and was responsible for business development in transformational and strategic accounts across the emerging markets. Preceding Cisco, he worked for Lucent Technologies as their Sales Director, first in Saudi Arabia, and later across Sub-Sub Saharan Africa and Levant. He has also held several senior management consulting positions in the Middle East.

Fadi Kanafani

Lt.Colonel Dr. Hamad Khalifa Al Nueimi

Head of Telecom Division, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ

In 2002 I Joined AD Police and started working as Network technician, at the same time, my passion for educational qualifications was under my target. Thus, I worked hard in parallel and earned my HD (Higher Diploma) degree at CNET from the HCT AlAin, as well as my Bachelor degree in computer Networking. In 2009, I moved to New York and applied for SU (Syracuse University) where I completed my Master Degree in Telecommunication Network Management. In 2018 I earned my higher degree in PHD Project Management from the British University in Dubai.

I attended more than 100+ events, workshops and conferences internally and externally and most of them were about Network Security and telecommunication as well as cyber security. However, my responsibility at AD police GHQ as telecom section manager make me always busy, I do have other role as a telecom committee manager for most of the events around AD city such as , Grand Prix Formula One event.

Founder of “Digital Barza“ which has more than 100+ members to accelerate the process of sharing and exchanging the knowledge.

"The train doesn't stop at one station; it keeps on going, so work hard to achieve your targets one after another"

Matt Watts

Walid Issa

Senior Manager, Solutions Engineering and Architects – Middle East Region

Walid is the Head of the Technical Solution Organization at NetApp for the middle east region, he has more than 20 years of experience in Business Development, Management and Information Technology including Data Center, Security, Networking, Cloud, Data Management and Solution Design. He is based in Dubai, leading a highly skilled team of solutions engineers and architects across the region. Prior to NetApp, Walid worked for leading multinational companies such as Cisco, NCR and IBM. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Computer Science from American University of Beirut and has various industry certifications such as CCIE Data Center, Data Center Design Expert, Information Security Professional and many more.”

Matt Watts

Dr Fawaz Alharbi

Deputy Chairman, Cloud Computing Association Saudi Arabia

Dr Fawaz Alharbi is a Deputy Chairman of the Board at Cloud Computing Association Saudi Arabia. He is the co-founder of many initiatives in the information technology and services industry such as the e-health platform in Saudi Arabia. Dr Alharbi involved in consultation with various organizations in the region such as Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused on Cloud Computing and eHealth from Staffordshire University, UK

Who will Attend Accelerating digital transformation with NetApp Data Fabric

    Chief Data Officer
    Heads of Data
    Chief Transformation Officer
    Business Strategy Leaders
   Chief Information Officer


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