February 27, 2023

Shumon Zaman, Chief Information & Digital Officer at Ali & Sons, talks about change in the Grand Finale of the Global CIO Forum


Shumon Zaman, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Ali and Sons Holding explains to Arun Shankar, GEC Media Group's Editor, that large conglomerates have old business embedded inside legacy applications. In order to take advantage of digital transformation you have to move to a cloud platform rather than being on-premises, and this allows growth and agility as the business expands. The main pain points are understanding your business and its critical success factors while moving from one platform to another. Legacy applications have a lot of customisations embedded in them and a lot of things that people are used to, that they are not used to when you go to a new platform. So, the major challenge is architecture, moving from old to the new. The most critical is people and change management. People do not like change no matter what they say. Watch the full video below:

Established in 2017, the World CIO200 Summit is a multi-country CIO felicitation ceremony that recognises the achievements of digital leaders of today who have transformed the IT infrastructure of their organisations driving growth and change. The summit in Bangkok is the culmination of the year-long face-to-face and virtual celebrations across Africa, Europe, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, India, Singapore, and Pakistan editions of the event.

The grand finale of the World CIO 200 Summit in Bangkok in November 2022 was sponsored by CAAS as the strategic partner and StorIT, Automation Edge, Dell Technologies, Mindware, Redington, Logitech, and OPX Technology as platinum partners. It was supported by Veritas, Alteryx, Infinite Blue, and 3i Infotech as gold partners. The silver partners included Western Digital, Forcespot, Accops, Veeam, NetApp, Logicom, Pure Storage, TechnePlus, Kissflow, DLlink, Exotel, and Finesse. The summit was supported by Infoblox, HTP, BITS Secure, SecureNet; RNS Technology Services, and MetaO.

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