The 11th European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS) held at Qatar University (QU) on October 27-28 under the theme “Big Data in the Era of Cloud Computing and Social Media” brought together 50 researchers from Qatar and around the world including UAE, Oman, Turkey, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Lebanon, Egypt, USA, UK, and Australia.
The two-day event which was attended by QU officials, information systems (IS) professionals, and faculty members, was organized by QU’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) in conjunction with Brunel University and University of Piraeus.
It was sponsored by I-MEET (integrated model for evaluating e-government services transformation), a project under the National Priorities Research Program of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).
The first of its kind in the Middle East and Europe, the conference covered technical, organizational, business and social issues in the application of Information Technology, providing an opportunity for participants to exchange information, share experiences, network, and discuss possible collaboration activities.
In his keynote address, Senior Advisor on issues of research, innovation and higher education in Oman Prof Thomas Andersson presented on “Evolving Issues in ICT, Smart Cities and Human Resources”. Papers presented in this session addressed cloud computing infrastructures, e-government, IS management and organizational issues, and e-government and IT in the public sector.
The session also included a special track to present the I-MEET project which was conducted by three teams from CBE, American University of Beirut Olayan Business School and Brunel University Business School led by Prof Nitham Hindi, Prof Ibrahim Osman and Prof Zahir Irani respectively.
Day 2 keynote speaker Brunel University visiting research fellow Dr Paul Walker presented on “Comparative Global Strategies for m-Government. Papers presented in this session discussed general IS topics such as green IT/IS investments and project-based IS learning, among others; healthcare information systems, Enterprise Systems, and the PinCloud Project.
CBE Assistant Professor of Accounting and Information Systems Dr Karim Al Yafi said: “This timely event addressing the IS discipline with regional and global perspective, comes as part of QU’s ongoing commitment in offering high quality research to serve various community and industrial partners, and in line with Qatar’s national vision to become a knowledge-based economy. We are pleased to host such high-caliber researchers from around the world and learn about many innovative ideas and projects that will shape our future.”