Corporate Press Release (Doc #prCEMA40903316 / Jan 7, 2016)
Smart Cities & Digital Transformation Take Center Stage at IDC's IT Forum in Doha

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Doha, November 09, 2015 – International Data Corporation (IDC) today held its annual IT Forum at Doha's Marriott Marquis City Center Hotel. Offering a comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable platform for IT professionals to connect and collaborate within a true peer-to-peer environment, the forum presented more than 300 of Qatar's leading IT decision makers with cutting-edge insights into a wide range emerging technology solutions and global best practices.

The Middle East is expected to be one of the world's fastest growing IT markets over the coming years, with IT spending anticipated to grow 9% year on year in 2015. Growth in the region's markets will be driven by tangible economic stability supported by increased government spending. The biggest verticals in the region — contributing to nearly 74% of overall Middle East IT spending in 2015 — will be the consumer, public, communications, and finance sectors, but looking ahead, the fastest growing verticals will be the transportation, public, and energy sectors, as much of the large-scale infrastructure upgrade projects planned by the region's governments are focused on these areas.

"Across industries, businesses everywhere are transforming the way they engage with customers and how they innovate in terms of product and service delivery," says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "IT is especially vital to these efforts, often in the form of transformational technologies such as cloud, mobility, social, and analytics, as well through new and emerging 'innovation accelerators' such as cognitive computing, natural interfaces, 3D printing, robotics, and next-generation security. However, as IT organizations are not transforming quickly enough to keep pace with new innovations, new ways of creating value need to be fleshed out in order to drive monumental change over the coming years."

With the world's leading IT vendors displaying their pioneering new products and services at the exposition, IDC's IT Forum 2015 provided an ideal opportunity for the region's key IT players to map out areas of concern and discuss steps for addressing them by mutually exploring strategies for improving efficiency, fostering innovation, reducing costs, and increasing business competitiveness.

The event also featured a panel discussion on Smart Cities, with expert speakers analyzing the role of ICT in improving citizen services in relation to public safety, transportation, and public works, as well as its function in fostering innovation and civic engagement. "Smart Cities can be viewed as a construct by which local governments can be transformed," says Lalchandani. "Cities need to transform in order to develop sustainably, meet citizen's rising expectations, and attract investment, new business, and talent. This is a complex undertaking, especially when coupled with constrained financial resources, fast-growing populations, and ageing or limited infrastructure."

For more information about IDC events and to learn about the range of flexible partnership opportunities on offer, please contact Ms. Ronita Bhattacharjee, associate vice president for conferences at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, at rbhattacharjee@idc.com or on +971 4 391 2747.

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International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com .

IDC in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey

For the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Casablanca, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insight with an international perspective to provide a comprehensive understanding of markets in these dynamic regions. Our market intelligence services are unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey currently fields over 125 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region.

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