Leading in 3D – IDC Launches New ICT Leadership Model at 9th Annual Middle East CIO Summit
17 Feb 2016
Dubai – International Data Corporation (IDC) today launched the ninth edition of its Middle East CIO Summit. Hosted at Abu Dhabi's Jumeirah Etihad Towers, this year's installment of the popular ICT conference is being held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the UAE's Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. With more than 250 delegates in attendance from across Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain, the event represents the largest annual gathering of CIOs, business heads, and ICT thought leaders in the region.
With the Summit running under the theme 'Leading Your Organization's Digital Transformation', Joe Pucciarelli, IDC's group vice president and executive advisor, explained that a hugely disruptive digital revolution is sweeping across the Middle East and stressed the need for the region's end-user community to infuse a culture of innovation, integration, and incorporation into the very fabric of their organizations in order to not just survive but thrive in the new digital economy.
"For those of us responsible for enterprise technology, the emergence of this digital revolution brings with it challenges and opportunities in equal measure," said Joe Pucciarelli, IDC's group vice president and executive advisor. "Successful leaders are judged by their ability to effect change, and in this new digital world, change will be driven by a leader's ability to manage the three connected disciplines of innovation, integration, and incorporation. These three disciplines underpin IDC's new 'Leading in 3D' model for business success and represent the critical competencies required to drive true digital transformation across the entire scale and breadth of the modern enterprise."
Another key feature of the Summit's discussions was the fact that so-called 'Smart Cities' are now leveraging digital transformation to create communities that enhance the overall citizen experience and provide businesses with an environment that is conducive for growth and innovation. However, as things stand, very few Smart City implementations in the region have been able to demonstrate tangible benefits in terms of energy consumption, optimization, and improved quality of life for tenants, often due to a lack of collaboration across the entire ecosystem of stakeholders.
"To build a sustainable Smart City requires municipalities to look beyond siloed technology investments to consider how a combination of cloud, big data, social, mobile, and IoT can contribute to their long-term strategic goals," said Jyoti Lalchandani, Jyoti Lalchandani IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "However, smart ecosystems cannot be built in isolation with the only inputs coming from government departments. Indeed, frameworks must be put in place to establish synergies between all stakeholders of a city, including government entities, private organizations, transportation firms, utilities, and – most importantly – citizens."
The agenda also saw discussions take place on strategies for creating a seamless mobile experience and innovating with converged infrastructure, the need to drive greater collaboration between CIOs and line-of-business heads, the impact of digital disruption on the world of financial services, and the essential nature of next-generation security for managing risk in the new digital economy.
IDC's Middle East CIO Summit 2016 continues for a second day tomorrow, with a dedicated session on the progress being made by women leaders in IT and a keynote address from Gerry Pennell, who – as CIO of the London Olympic Organising Committee – facilitated the most technologically connected Olympic Games ever and delivered the most viewed sports website in the world.
For more information about IDC's Middle East CIO Summit 2016, please contact Ms. Ronita Bhattacharjee, associate vice president for conferences at IDC Middle East and Africa, on +971 4 391 2747 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tweet about the summit using the hashtag #IDCMECIO or visit the dedicated event website www.idcmesummit2016.com.
IDC has teamed up with a host of leading ICT vendors for the Middle East CIO Summit 2016, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Dell, and DarkMatter as Summit Partners; Netscout Systems as Platinum Partner; EMC as CFO Partner; Sanovi, Brocade, Juniper, MDS Computers, and FireEye as Gold Partners; MISYS and Automic as Banking and Finance Vertical Partners; OpenText, Fortinet, SAP, and Veeam Software as Government Vertical Partners; Tata Communications, Vision Solutions, VMware, and iDashboards as Lunch Partners; AGC as Dinner Partner; and Cloud 4C, Alcatel-Lucent, Tuqnia, and CA Technologies as Exhibit Partners. ITP, Capital Business, and Executive Women are the event's official Media Partners for 2016.
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