Opinion

Thinking out of the box

Last month, BroadcastPro ME was delighted to join several industry leaders for the inaugural edition of the Al Jazeera Leaders’ Summit.

Al Jazeera Media Network has been known for thinking out of the box especially in recent years and taking on a rather ambitious work transformation project. As a news network that has collaborated extensively with some of the most prominent vendors and solution providers both within the IT and digital space to create some innovative and futuristic solutions for the work transformation project alongside other projects, AJMN had the knowledge, the ability and the clout to bring together an interesting mix of industry specialists from both regional and international shores for the event.

At the Leaders’ Summit, AJMN took attendees on a tour of its facility and showcased some of those technologies, and shared some of its expertise with regional peers. Both vendors and end users joined in the panel discussions.

Technologies that are becoming increasingly critical to the broadcast industry although still fairly nascent, such as the opportunities that cloud can provide, security issues within broadcast, universal delivery network for video and so on, were discussed in great detail. It also became evident in the course of the discussions that cloud architects were the new breed of professionals leading the digital era.

BroadcastAsia was yet another highlight of May. The exhibition was moved to Suntec in Singapore instead of the usual Marina Bay Sands where CommunicAsia was hosted this year. It’s always a pleasure to attend the conferences and exhibition at this event owing to the insight it provides us into the APAC broadcast market. The event was very well attended this year too and hosted new and traditional players.

Next year, the event is being rebranded to include more companies and will be called ConnecTechAsia 2018. I look forward to an even bigger and better event next year.