As many businesses in the Middle East are building businesses that target not just regional but global growth, technology is playing a larger role than ever in advancing these organizational aspirations. According to a latest forecast by Gartner in March of this year, Middle East IT spending is projected to total $211 billion in 2014, an 8 percent increase from 2013. In this scenario, the role of the CIO has become increasingly important. But this role has changed fundamentally over the past decade. In an era of cloud computing, big data and increasing dominance of mobile devices, the way an organization interacts with IT is now very different.