17 Sep 2020

Qatar's Most Influential ICT Decision Makers Gather Online for IDC's Inaugural Virtual CIO Summit

Doha – International Data Corporation (IDC) yesterday hosted more than 200 senior ICT leaders on its industry-leading virtual platform for the inaugural edition of its IDC Qatar CIO Summit. Running under the theme 'The Race to Reinvent: Connecting Leaders to Empower Digital Transformation', the digital event offered an unrivaled immersive experience for all participants as they seamlessly engaged in content-rich presentations and panel discussions, connected with exhibitors via video chat, and interacted with IDC analysts and key industry players in designated networking zones.

IDC's global president, Crawford Del Prete, presented the event's keynote address as he unveiled IDC's new five-stage guide for helping organizations plan their recovery in the economic aftermath of COVID-19. In the session, titled 'The Five Stages to Enterprise Recovery: Charting Your Course to the Next Normal', Del Prete urged organizations in the country to focus on the imperatives of business continuity, cost optimization, business resiliency, and targeted investment as they strive to emerge as lean, dynamic, and innovation-fueled enterprises of the future.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unexpected blow for businesses around the world," said Del Prete. "And while it has underscored the importance of digital transformation in the eyes of CEOs across all industries, it has also forced a complete rethink of their digital strategies. IDC's vision of the 'Future Enterprise' is an organization that is completely digitally transformed. Such an organization underpins business processes with technology, is fueled by innovation, and is both platform-enabled and ecosystem-centric."

Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META), expanded on this theme as he discussed the evolving priorities of IT leaders in the region. "A recent survey conducted by IDC across the META region found that 54% of CIOs are planning to accelerate their existing digital transformation efforts to meet changing customer needs and increased demands for operational agility," he said. "As such, we're going to see an even greater focus on the development of new applications to enable seamless digital and online experiences for employees and customers alike."

The agenda included a series of individually themed Best Practice Sessions and Technology Focus Groups that offered expert guidance on implementing next-generation enterprise IT, preparing the workspace for the future of work, delivering enhanced platform-based digital experiences, building cyber resilience with incident response, leveraging hybrid cloud for the digital era, and everything in between. The delegates also received valuable end-user insights from respected industry peers such as:

  • Saad Al-Kuwari, Senior Director of Software, Ooredoo
  • Dr. Sayed Peerzade, Group CIO, Reliance Entertainment
  • Mohammed Jamous, Chief Information Technology Officer, Doha Insurance Group
  • Baha Eldin El Sharif, Head of Applications, Civil Aviation Authority
  • Luyanda Ntuane, CIO, MOTUS Car Rental Division (South Africa)

IDC would like to thank its valued partners for joining the IDC Qatar CIO Summit 2020 : Summit Partners – Oracle, Trend Micro, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise / Intel; Platinum Partners – Google Cloud, Riverbed / StarLink, Software AG, VMware / Mansoft, NetApp / Ingram Micro, and NGINX, part of F5 Networks; Technology Session Partners – FireEye, BlackBerry, Nutanix, Veeam Software, and i4 Solutions / Cisco. To learn more about IDC's series of upcoming virtual events, please contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com   or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also search for news about this event using the hashtag #IDCDigital.

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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. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC

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