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Get to Know Ahmed Afifi, our October (and first) CoEx IT guru

Get to Know Ahmed Afifi, our October (and first) CoEx IT guru

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539966_10151161778142423_2045401356_n1-Ahmed, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

I graduated from The American University in Cairo in 2007; Majoring computer science and minoring Business Administration. I have been working on the technical sales and consultation side of the business since then.

 

2- What do you love the most about technology?

To me technology is meant to make people’s life better. Unfortunately, many organizations are still technologically boxed in the 90s or even worse – some still rely on paperwork! I’d say technology is a vital pillar for the economy of any country, and I’d love to be one of the builders of the economy of MEA (Middle East and Africa).

 

3-Can you give us a small introduction to better understand what is BP?

BP is short for Business Productivity. The main essence of BP is to help organizations unleash from the rigid old-school culture of work and limitations of their IT environments. We aim to make all employees with smart devices [be it a laptop/tablet/smart phone] more productive, and work hand in hand with others to achieve the goal of their business. Microsoft is addressing that through a wide range of products that complement each other to deliver a complete productivity suite.

 

4-Can you provide us any links that can help introduce us and expand our BP knowledge?

 

5- What is the newest updates for BP this year?

With the strategic acquisitions, Microsoft is complementing its arsenal. Microsoft is fusing a Social dimension within the work environment of the employees where they can share their knowledge and benefit from the wisdom of the crowd. This is catered for through SharePoint 2013, and the acquisition of Yammer; the biggest Enterprise Social Platform. On a parallel track, Microsoft is to acquire Nokia’s Smart devices to be self-dependent when it comes to hardware for smartphones and tablets. Moreover, the continuous investment in cloud computing through the Office 365 offering that will allow users to access their resources and colleagues from virtually anywhere. This year Microsoft had an unprecedented number of releases on all levels. I’d only highlight the release of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and the all-new Office 2013 among a lot of other great stuff. Microsoft is leaving its fingerprint all the way from bottom up. You can see that when it comes to Devices, Operating Systems, Infrastructure, Smart Phones, Document Processing software, collaboration platform, and even on the cloud! I believe Microsoft is moving forward with steady steps to prove that it is one of the leading players in the market.

 

e573bd93-d2c1-4798-a6b9-7275dcd04f8e_jpeg6-Away from technology, do you have any other hobbies or passions?

I’m very passionate about football, cars, horseback riding, and shooting :)

  

7- Any advice to anyone that wants to be an IT guru?

Reading is definitely the main source of information. However, most of the things you learn is not there in the books – You have to go out there and get your hands dirty!

 

8- How can people contact you for any technical inquiries?

You can contact me by email v-ahafif@microsoft.com

 

Thank you so much Ahmed Afifi, and good luck in building MEA's economy through technology :)

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