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As organisations across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) look to prepare themselves for any disruptions caused by the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, spending on IT will continue to increase, experts at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo said. IT spending is projected to reach $160 billion in 2019, a 1.8 per cent increase from 2018, Gratner's research has shown. Software and IT services are projected to exhibit the strongest growth in 2019, with an 11.5 and 7.5 per cent increase year over year respectively. In her opening keynote, Dr Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, director general of the Smart Dubai Office, talked about the importance of technology in achieving the smart city vision. "It is not about who owns the latest technologies anymore, but who transforms it into human rich experiences for a better tomorrow. In the Middle East, we are all working on our strategic vision to make this region a collective global model of excellence and innovation to make our citizens' lives better. As a region, we share many similar challenges and opportunities, therefore sharing knowledge and insights is a vital component to the creation and continued development of smart city ecosystems." She added: "As an integral part of the UAE Vision 2021, Smart Dubai is driving Dubai's evolution to a smart city model that can deliver prosperity, security, and stability to all our residents and visitors. This is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, for Dubai to become the smartest and happiest city on earth. Over the past three years, Dubai has successfully progressed with several strategies and initiatives that will propel our smart city vision forward."  "Today, our progress is becoming increasingly visible around the world. In 2018, Dubai was ranked first globally in attracting FDI for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; while the UAE was ranked sixth in the global Smart Service Index, surpassing the likes of the US, UK, and South Korea," she said. Gartner's research also showed that consumer spending in the Mena has reached a tipping point. Consumers are on pace to spend $532 million on upgrading or replacing their mobile phones in 2019, and expect to spend $63.7 billion on mobile services in 2019, up $1 billion from 2018. In the enterprise sector, organisations are increasing their spending on software, which continues to be the fastest growing sector in 2019. Jihad Tayara, VP of Business Development and Partnerships - New Business & Innovation at du, said that organisations across the UAE have increased their investments in technology to prepare for disruptions in the market. "Digital transformation is the result of changing behaviours from consumers, businesses, and societies. We have to change and adapt to these shifting behaviours. What makes this possible is the availability of new technologies such as cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and blockchain. This shift is nothing new, but they way that people are reacting to it is changing. Before, we would look at everything from top to bottom, however, the reality today is very different."  "Businesses used to invest in hardware," he added. "However, we have businesses coming to us today and asking for end-to-end solutions to solve various issues in different sectors." Speaking about technologies that are already creating an impact, John Kost, group vice president at Gartner Research, said that organisations globally are concerned about how AI will impact the workforce. "Organisations that have yet to launch an AI initiative expect to see high job losses if they adopt AI. This is something that will likely hurt morale and create a lot of stress and uncertainty in the workforce. However, the interesting thing is that organisations that have adopted AI technology, show far fewer job reductions than expected. While the most repetitive jobs can get replaced, people are adapting and extending their capabilities, and as a result, jobs are becoming more impactful and meaningful." (ICE DUBAI)

Fonte notizia: Khaleej Times Business