Dubai Internet City Named as Strategic ICT Partner for Upcoming IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2014
02 Feb 2014
IDC is delighted to announce Dubai Internet City as Strategic ICT Partner for the research firm's upcoming Middle East CIO Summit 2014, which will take place on February 24–25 at Dubai's landmark Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The agreement was formalized during a signing ceremony at Dubai Internet City attended by the tech zone's managing director, Majed Al Suwaidi, and IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, Jyoti Lalchandani.
Now in its seventh year, IDC's Middle East CIO Summit is the foremost gathering of CIOs in the Middle East. As well as establishing a much-needed peer-to-peer community, the event provides the region's most influential ICT end users with a vendor-neutral platform for sharing ideas and absorbing advisory services, ultimately helping them to drive positive transformations within their organizations. The event is one of the largest CIO gatherings in the Middle East, with over 200 attendees expected.
"As the business landscape and the technologies that businesses rely on have changed in recent years, CIOs are increasingly faced with new types of challenges that were simply not part of the job only a few years ago," says Lalchandani. "With this evolution firmly in mind, the Middle East CIO Summit 2014 will explore the new challenges that CIOs are faced with as a direct result of the growing influence of '3rd Platform' technologies – or what IDC refers to as the four pillars of technology: cloud, Big Data, mobility, and social media."
Al Suwaidi also sees a clear link between the growing influence of 3rd Platform technologies and the changing nature of the CIO's role within the modern enterprise. "The ICT landscape in the region is constantly growing and evolving, and the role of the CIO is becoming increasingly complex," he says. "In line with the core themes of the Summit, it is clear that the growth of cloud computing, Big Data analytics, mobility, and social media has added a further dimension to the responsibilities of the CIO. As such, IDC's Middle East CIO Summit 2014 provides an ideal platform for CIOs and industry leaders to share their opinions on the most effective way to fulfill this new role."
"Dubai Internet City is the strategic partner for some of the Middle East's leading events," continues Al Suwaidi. "We are committed to supporting these events and the activities of our business partners as part of our quest to enhance the wider development of the region's ICT industry."
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