Online meeting and conferencing platforms as well as cloud collaboration tools have become a part of our lives for the past few months. During the “work from home” era, we all witnessed the importance of having a reliable, user-friendly, and most importantly, a secure platform to conduct our day-to-day business while being outside of our corporate networks.
Today, as we are gradually returning to the office, there’s no doubt that online meeting platforms will remain an important aspect of our business. That means, even if you are working from the office, there’s a high chance that some of your coworkers will be remotely working, so you will always need to maintain the adequate infrastructure and the tools to keep going without a glitch.
When considering among many popular platforms, what are your criteria? For us, it is security. It is the ease of connection. It is the convenience of sharing screen to show the PowerPoints, Excel sheets and other documents like in an actual physical meeting. It is also the ease of joining the meeting, with one click of a button. For us, it is Cisco Webex.
Simple and seamless video conferencing – just like meeting in person. With the Webex mobile app, you can meet absolutely anywhere. Hosting is easy and joining is easier—simply click on your link to join. You can even learn about the people you’re meeting for the first time, with instant access to participants’ background and company.
Seeing is believing. Share your screen so everyone can view your document, spreadsheet, or application. Hosts can record the meeting so others can get up to speed later.
Schedule and join meetings from wherever you are. Everyoneyou invite – even guests- can join your online meeting, regardless of how they’re connecting. You can meet with up 100,000 people
Easily start or join. Now you can join a video meeting with no dialing in. You can also host or join without a download by using the Webex app.
Promote events more effectively and track results. Communicate easily and affordably with internal and external audiences with Webex Events.
The Webex platform protects user information without compromising on must‑have features like secure search for stored and shared content. Cisco Webex Teams’ end‑to‑end encryption keeps your messages, documents, and whiteboard content encrypted from one device to another.
Explore how Cisco Webex portfolio can help you in providing a secure, seamless, and intuitive user experience. With diverse Cisco Webex portfolio, customers can make the most of every meeting and witness cognitive collaboration, keeping the human experience at the center of every interaction.
Cisco Webex Meetings make video conferencing and online meetings as seamless and simple as the physical meetings. With the Webex mobile app, you can start or join the online meeting easily - regardless of where you are; and only with a click on a link. Also, it allows you to learn about the people you’re meeting for the first time, with instant access to participants’ background and company.
Webex Teams is the collaboration tool that will help you solve your challenges, speed up projects, and manage things easily, while helping you build better relationships. Webex Teams also connects with the other tools that you use.
Webex Desk Pro is the advanced all-in-one collaboration device that enables you for higher productivity at the desk or in a shared space.
You can bring the Webex experience to audio rooms with calling, meetings and share features.
Provide context and intelligence across our collaboration portfolio, so that users can get to what matters most:
Consistent experience with the uncompromising performance of Webex Meetings on VDI
Cisco Webex Room Panorama is a new first-class collaboration system built for the modern C-suite.
Call, meet, message together
With Flex, Cisco is making it easier and more affordable than ever to seamlessly transition to the cloud with the market leading Webex collaboration suite.
Key improvements to the Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan:
GBM provides state of the art design, deployment, migration, and integration services for delivering next generation Cisco Webex Solutions. Our highly skilled teamensures that all our customers will have the best collaboration experience though state of the art implementation.
Single Sign-On through seamless integration between Cisco Webex and Directory Services
Schedule meetings easily through Cisco Webex and Calendar Services Integration
Enhanced data security with encryption for content collaboration through Cisco Webex Security and key management services
Flexible calling between users and video endpoints registered Cisco Webex on-premiseor cloud-based
Achieve enhanced quality for video meetings through Cisco Webex Video-Mesh services
Advanced interoperability between on-premise Unified Messaging Solutions and Cisco Webex Teams
A: Yes, security is always the priority for Cisco. Cisco Webex takes proactive measures to provide the highest level of security, based on a secure by design product development methodology and use of various security frameworks, so you can focus on your online meeting without any concerns.
You can read more on Cisco’s commitment on security here.
A: Webex Assistant can help you with automatic (AI-based)note-taking capabilities, which captures the meeting highlights to give you more time to focused on the outcomes instead of spendig time with taking notes. Highlights are the most noticeable and important moments of the meeting. With Webex Assistant, interactive voice commands and keyword phrases automatically capture important moments, which make meetings more actionable.
A: Based on your needs, you can choose the right subscription with “Flex Plan”*:
For enterprise-wide deployment, Cisco Enterprise Agreement customers can purchase via the Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan. Gain maximum value by enabling services for everyone in your organization for meetings or calling or both.
To purchase meetings according to usage: Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan – Active User Meetings: Anyone can host a meeting, and you pay only for those who use the entitlement.
To provide meetings and/or calling services to individuals, teams, or departments: Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan – Named User: Your purchase is based on the number of people who need services. Grow at your own pace.
To provide contact center services to your service agents: Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan – Concurrent Agent: Your purchase is based on the number of agents simultaneously using services at your peak busy hour. Grow at your own pace.
*Each option includes technical support.
GBM can provide you end to end consulting, design, deployment, migration, integration and support services for complete Cisco Webex based solutions. Additionally, GBM will also help you in setting up free Enterprise Webex trials to offer you the flexibility to try it before you buy it.
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Sr. Director & Chief Security Officer
Palo Alto Network
Mr. Haider Pasha is Sr. Director and Chief Security Officer for EMEA & LATAM at Palo Alto Networks. Prior to this role, Mr. Pasha spent 5 years at Symantec working as CTO and Systems Engineering Director for Emerging Markets. He has been partnering with CISOs across the industry, executing together on a multi-year architecture strategy across the geography including Cloud Transformations, Autonomous SOC, and Application-Centric Networking. He is a trusted advisor to Palo Alto’s strategic customers and partners, helping them become more competitive and innovative while enhancing their Cyber Resilience Strategy. A key area of specialty for Mr. Pasha is around architecting Security Operations Centers (SOC), designing Threat Intelligence Platforms, and helping customers adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and local government regulations. Prior to joining Symantec, Mr. Pasha spent 15 years at Cisco covering various senior positions in Silicon Valley and as CTO for Cisco Africa.
Mr. Pasha completed his MBA from Manchester Business School, UK and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, USA. Mr. Pasha’s successes come from being able to bind advanced technical concepts to commercial, people and process requirements, while maintaining a balanced perspective with the business objective in mind. He is also Palo Alto Networks go-to public Security spokesperson.
Director – Compliance & Support Alliances
Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC)
Amer Sharaf is the Director of Compliance Support and Alliances at the Dubai Electronic Security Center based in the Emirates of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Amer has accumulated a diverse set of skills in his career in the Information Technology field successfully delivering key applications and infrastructure related projects.
His experience also extends to deploying resilient and highly available data centers catering to key critical systems. Amer has considerable experience on city level systems and adopting several disruptive technologies and ensuring that key security principles and technologies are adopted.
General Manager, GBM Abu Dhabi
As the General Manager for GBM Abu Dhabi and Yemen, Miguel Khouri has a track record for strengthening and enriching relationships with a wide-range of customers and industries.
With over two decades in IT Consultancy, Business Management, and Business Development across the GCC, Khouri’s leadership has consistently delivered business growth for GBM Abu Dhabi. His guidance in value-added IT and business solutions provides tangible results for a host of public and private clients in the government, banking and finance, telecommunications, oil and gas, education and retail sectors.
As General Manager, Khouri has nurtured GBM Abu Dhabi local expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market, and has helped to develop a collaborative network of offices across the region that enables clients to benefit from best-in-class IT consultancy.
Prior to joining GBM Abu Dhabi as General Manager in 2011, Khouri was the Director of GBM’s Intelligent Networking Solutions (INS) for the entire region.
Earlier to that, Khouri worked for 8 years with Saudi Business Machines.
Miguel holds a Bachelor degree from University of Balamand in Lebanon, where he majored in Computer Engineering.
Senior Cybersecurity Director – EMEA
Service Providers and Middle East & Africa
Global Security Sales Operations, Cisco
As Senior Cybersecurity Director for EMEA SPs and MEA, Fady’s role is to focus on delivering Cisco’s vision of integrated cybersecurity for Cisco’s customers and partners, overseeing the day-to-day business and driving growth plans across the region.
Fady focuses on empowering customers, including Service Providers, Government and Private entities, to securely create and deliver value as every country, city and company becomes increasingly digital and migrates to the cloud.
Fady is a Cisco veteran with a proven track record of delivering sales across the region for more than 17 years. He has worked in several roles including East Region Operations Director for Cisco Middle East, General Manager for Cisco UAE, Enterprise Sector Regional Sales Manager and Service Provider Sector (Telcos) Regional Sales Manager.
Prior to joining Cisco, he was Regional Manager at Nortel (MEA), and Product Manager at Ericsson and held international long-term assignments in Sweden, Greece, Indonesia and Egypt.
Fady holds a BE degree in Computer & Communication Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Regional Technology Director | Middle East & Turkey
Melih Kirkgoz is the Regional Technology Director covering Middle East & Turkey Regions and based in Fortinet Dubai Office.
He is the technology evangelist and spokesperson within the region.Also a member of the elite “Office of the CTO” consultants group led by Fortinet President and CTO Michael Xie himself since 2015.
In this prestigious role he helps to shape company core technologies roadmap acting as a bridge between the field and Fortinet R&D and Product Management.
His highly focused and advanced Cyber Security Career (22+ years) is spread over different roles requiring diverse skills:
VP Security Sales, IBM MEA
Head of Cyber Security
United Arab Emirates Government
Dr. Al Kuwaiti is appointed into the Cabinet as the Head of the Cyber Security for the UAE Government since 2020. As the Head of the Cyber Security, his mandate includes being the Chairman of the UAE Cyber Security Council as well as Managing Director of the National Data Centre under the Supreme Council for National Security. As the Head of Cyber Security for the UAE Government by investiture, Dr. Al Kuwaiti has legal authority over all aspects pertaining securing the cyberspace for the entire Nation.
In his current role, Dr. Al Kuwaiti is tasked with the responsibility of charting a cyber security strategy for the Nation that not only ensuring that the UAE will be entering into the digital era with fully capable of dealing with the new threat landscape brought about by the pandemic, but also to ensure UAE’s leadership in cyber security globally towards establishing the UAE as the world’s leading trusted digital hub supporting the Nation’s digital transformation agenda and the digital future of all residents who made UAE their home. Towards that end, he led the Council to put together an implementation plan to protect the UAE cyberspace through emerging technologies such as Cloud, Big Data and AI in a wholeof-government approach coordinating and orchestrating efforts between Emirates or government entities via a unified platform built and managed by the Council.
Founder & CEO
Coordinates Middle East
Tarek is the Architect and CEO of Coordinates – A leading Cybersecurity Managed Detection & Response firm in the Middle East, now part of GBM.
Powered by machine learning, automation & orchestration, Cor, Coordinates’ platform enables the seamless integration of any technology to provide defense-grade services to enterprises of all sizes.
The company platform enables Automation and Orchestration of the entire cybersecurity lifecycle across Monitoring, Detection, Response & Remediation.
Between 2004 and 2014, Tarek was the Managing Director at Cisco, where he led the strategic direction, investment, and overall execution of Cisco’s total business in the region.
Before Cisco, Tarek had a career with Schlumberger and 3Com in various executive leadership roles.
Tarek has been voted twice as the top Networking and Communication Executive in MENA and MENA’s 6th most powerful technology executive.
General Manager, GBM Dubai
Ossama El Samadoni is the General Manager of GBM Dubai. He has over 30 years of experience working in the region. He has a prominent track record in strengthening business growth in an increasingly competitive market, while supporting organizations of all sizes to navigate digital disruptions and IT transformation challenges.
Samadoni holds a B.Sc. in Engineering and MBA in Marketing, is fluent in Arabic and English, and is the Vice Chairman of SNIA Middle East.
Vice President of Digital Infrastructure Solutions,
Hani Nofal is an ICT executive with more than 25 years of industry and leadership experience in the region. He held several roles in global organizations including Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, 3Com and Cisco Systems.
Hani joined GBM in January 2012. Since then, he’s been part of the executive team and currently leads GBM’s Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security business across the Gulf and Pakistan. He’s responsible for the development of regional and global alliances delivering solutions that support organizations to realize their digital transformation agendas and protect them from cyber threats.
Prior to joining GBM, Hani was Cisco’s Senior Regional Manager. During his tenure at Cisco, Hani supported the company’s rapid growth and expansion in the UAE and Gulf and was responsible for several strategic successes in the region, achieving significant agreements and milestones.
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