IDC Prepares for Launch of Long-Awaited East Africa CIO Summit
03 Jun 2014
International Data Corporation (IDC) is delighted to announce the details of its inaugural East Africa CIO Summit, scheduled for June 17 at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Focusing on the theme of 'Being a CIO in the New Business World of Tech+ Transformation', the event will explore the new types of challenges that CIOs are facing following the proliferation of what IDC refers to as the four pillars of technology: cloud, Big Data, mobility, and social media.
"The last five years have seen the emergence of a new era in computing," says Onesmus Mbogo, country manager at IDC East Africa. "We call this new era the 3rd Platform. By harnessing the power of these key technology pillars, this unstoppable force is driving an evolution in the role of the CIO, transforming entire industries, and empowering customers in new ways."
It is against this backdrop that IDC brings its flagship CIO Summit series to East Africa. Tailored specifically in terms of format, structure, style, and partnership opportunities, the IDC CIO Summit series has developed an enviable reputation for directly addressing the topics of most critical concern to senior ICT executives. Separate events are now held each year for the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, West Africa, North Africa, and Turkey, and this latest addition will play host to around 100 of East Africa's most influential C-level ICT managers. They will represent a diverse range of industries, including the public sector, banking and finance, retail, manufacturing, oil and gas, telecommunications, utilities, and construction.
The IDC East Africa CIO Summit 2014 will provide thought-provoking and actionable insights to CIOs and senior ICT executives via a unique blend of keynote addresses, plenary sessions, panel discussions, breakout tracks, real-life case studies, and in-depth Q&A sessions. With the unique needs of the local market setting the agenda, technology heads will have the opportunity to hear about the latest global trends, learn from ICT best practices, and get involved in general discussions with colleagues and peers during dedicated networking breaks.
"The initial concept for the CIO Summit was first discussed back in 2007 as we identified a pressing need within the region for a truly vendor-neutral platform that enabled the exchange of ideas and best practices between the providers of cutting-edge technology solutions, the people responsible for implementing them, and the industry's leading market analysts," says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "We have remained true to these ideals for each event since, and this has seen the reputation and influence of our CIO Summits grow exponentially over the intervening period. East Africa has always been important to IDC, and with increasing numbers of vendors now recognizing the significant scope of opportunity present in the region, we are delighted to bring the CIO Summit to its shores."
To ensure the very latest technology developments are covered at the East Africa CIO Summit 2014, IDC has partnered with some of the world's foremost ICT vendors, including EMC as Summit Partner; Polycom and FVC as Platinum Partners; Oracle, FireEye, and Kaspersky as Gold Partners; CommVault, Global Knowledge, and HCL as Silver Partners; and Business Connexion as Gala Dinner Partner.
For more information about IDC's East Africa CIO Summit 2014 and to learn about the wide array of available partnership opportunities, please contact Onesmus Mbogo, country manager for IDC East Africa, on +254 20 2345580 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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