IDC's Saudi Arabia CIO Summit to Deliver Pioneering Insights into Global Trends and ICT Investment Outlook for 2014
12 Sep 2013
Saudi Arabia's most influential ICT decision makers are preparing to converge on the InterContinental Jeddah on September 17–18 for the latest installment of the Saudi Arabia CIO Summit, hosted annually by leading market intelligence and advisory firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Now in its third year, the 2013 edition of the event promises to deliver a powerful mix of topics covering '3rd Platform' technologies, Big Data, the consumerization of IT, next-generation datacenter strategies, the consumption-based IT model, and the transformative role of ICT in urban development projects.
"By presenting a strategic platform for discussions on ICT in Saudi Arabia, IDC is committed to delivering pioneering, actionable insights into the very latest global trends and ICT best practices, equipping those CIOs in attendance with all the tools necessary to drive unprecedented efficiency gains across their organizations' processes," says Abdulaziz Al Helayyil, country manager for Saudi Arabia. "Emerging technologies and models such as cloud, mobility, social business, and Big Data analytics, which have all had a tremendous impact in global markets, are finally beginning to see strong demand and adoption across the Kingdom. And it is the arrival of this so-called '3rd Platform' IT environment, which IDC has been predicting and analyzing for five years, that will shape much of the agenda for the Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2013."
The Summit will also serve up in-depth insights into the ongoing consumerization of IT, a blend of personal and business technology use that is revolutionizing employee productivity and disrupting traditional enterprise IT infrastructure and processes. The increasingly popular bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is also proving disruptive to traditional norms as it transforms the way IT is procured, managed, and secured, and the Summit will present a range of global CIO best practices for effectively managing the implications of this phenomenon.
"The overall maturity of the Saudi market is increasing due to demanding, uncompromising, and more aware customers that understand the importance of IT in driving overall business growth and stability," says Jyoti Lalchandani, group vice president and managing director of IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "As a result, the pressure on ICT providers to deliver is increasing like never before. To this end, the Saudi Arabian ICT market is now at a key juncture in its evolution, with an increasing number of business leaders looking towards IT to enable business transformation and continued growth."
From a vertical perspective, public sector IT spending in Saudi Arabia is expected to reach $1.09 billion in 2013, up 15.1% on 2012. The government's huge investment in ambitious ICT infrastructure projects has fueled the need to understand how modern cities are rapidly incorporating and utilizing the very latest technologies to support sustainable growth and development. And it is clear for all to see that ICT is now being widely adopted to support and drive planning, infrastructure development, and people management. Against this backdrop, IDC's Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2013 will explain how incorporating intelligence into various urban systems to capture and analyze data can enable better decision making for the planners and managers of 'Smart Cities'.
Meanwhile, progressive CIOs are looking to transform the traditional IT business model into IT-as-a-service (ITaaS), whereby consumers of IT enjoy greater transparency and choice of the IT services they consume. Facilitating this, expert speakers will be on hand to show how organizations can develop IT infrastructures that are highly virtualized, agile, and capable of delivering automated, self-provisioned, measurable services in a secure, reliable manner, thereby ensuring the greatest chance of success for their cloud strategies. The invitation-only Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2013 will open with keynote addresses from Mr. Lalchandani and IDC's senior vice president and chief analyst, Frank Gens, both of whom are delighted to welcome the Kingdom's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on board as the event's exclusive Strategic Partner.
For more information about IDC's Middle East CIO Summit 2013, and the partnership opportunities that are available, please contact Ronita Bhattacharjee, associate vice president for conferences at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, on +971 4 391 2747 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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