07 Nov 2022

IDC to Host the Middle East's ICT Partner Ecosystem for Two Days of Networking & Collaboration

Dubai – International Data Corporation (IDC) believes that one of the most notable outcomes of the pandemic for the technology industry has been the realization of improved results as a direct consequence of partnerships and collaboration, with the events of the last three years opening up even more opportunities for businesses to form multiple partnerships that fill skills gaps, drive innovation, and disrupt entire industries.

Against this backdrop, the Middle East's ICT partner ecosystem will be gathering at the UAE's InterContinental Fujairah Resort on November 9-10 for the region's inaugural installment of IDC Alliance. Showcasing the very latest in channel and alliance trends, this unique event will provide an unrivaled platform for ICT vendors and partners to enhance their relationships, explore emerging opportunities, and develop new leads.

"At a time when end-user organizations across all industries are shifting towards "digital-first" strategies to help build resilience and navigate a changed world, technology vendors, distributors, service providers, and other players are increasingly collaborating and co-creating through connected ecosystems to deliver digital value to customers," says Ranjit Rajan, IDC's vice president of research for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. "I'm delighted to be opening the region's first ever IDC Alliance event, where I will be examining the impact of tech ecosystems, partnership models, and partner transformation priorities, and discuss forces that will shape IT channels and alliances for the next 12 months and beyond."

The event will feature a dynamic agenda of informative presentations, networking opportunities, and fun activities hosted by senior IDC analysts and executives for a handpicked audience that will include some of the region's biggest names in technology and business.

Eng. Raed I. Al-Fayez, deputy governor for information technology and emerging technologies at Saudi Arabia's Communications, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) will present the event's keynote address, 'Developing a Vibrant Digital Ecosystem in Saudi Arabia', while Tejas Patel, managing director of Accenture Strategy and Consulting, will be on hand to outline the key strategic forces that all businesses must harness as the rapid rate of technology innovation continues to gather pace.

The agenda will include three dedicated technology tracks headed by senior executives from du, GBM, and Wipro that will serve up first-hand insights on how to successfully build and leverage effective partner ecosystems in the areas of cloud, security, and IoT. And a series of interactive panel discussions will provide strategic guidance on the following topics:

  • Ecosystems of the Future
  • Emerging Trends: The Future Tech and the Metaverse
  • Celebrating Women Leaders: A Diversity Journey to Success
  • Are You Aligned?
  • Sustainable Strategies and Technologies: Operationalization, Impact Measurability, and Business Value Creation

These not-to-be-missed sessions will feature exclusive insights from the IDC Alliance Advisory Council for the Middle East, whose members include:

  • Eng. Raed I. Al-Fayez, Deputy Governor for Information Technology and Emerging Technologies, Saudi Arabia's Communications, Space, and Technology Commission
  • Amr Refaat, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Business Machines (GBM)
  • Essam AlShiha, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Business Machines (SBM)
  • Viswanath Pallasena, Chief Executive Officer, Redington
  • Hatem Elkady, Chief Partnerships and Synergies Officer, solutions by stc
  • Gaby Matar, Executive Vice President, Solutions and Services, MDS System Integration Group
  • Sumanta Roy, Vice President and Regional Head, Middle East, Africa, and Mediterranean, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tejas Patel, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy and Consulting
  • Francisco Salcedo, General Manager, Enterprise, Middle East and Africa, Microsoft
  • Maya Zakhour, Channel Sales Director, Eastern Europe, META, Iberia, and Latin America, NetApp

To learn more about the Middle East's inaugural edition of IDC Alliance, please click here. Alternatively, you can contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com   or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDCALLIANCE.

The Middle East edition of IDC Alliance is supported by Kuwait's Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) and a host of other partners, including NetApp / Ingram Micro, VMware / Ingram Micro, Dell / Intel, and Lenovo / Intel as Trailblazer Partners; Riverbed, SentinelOne, SBM, Cloudera, and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company as Game Changer Partners; and GCC Business News, International Business Magazine, Security Middle East Magazine, Tech Magazine, AI Time Journal, IE Industry Events, Smart Money Match, and CoinPedia as Media Partners.

About IDC

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 1,300 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology, IT benchmarking and sourcing, 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 wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading tech media, data, and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC   and LinkedIn. Subscribe to the IDC Blog   for industry news and insights.

IDC in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa

For the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insights with international perspectives 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 130 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region. To learn more about IDC MEA, please visit www.idc.com/mea. You can follow IDC MEA on Twitter at @IDCMEA.

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For more information, contact:

Sheila Manek
smanek@idc.com
+971 4 446 3154