IDC Africa CIO Summit 2011

This site uses cookie including third parties cookies which helps us provide and improve our services. Find more on our Cookie Policy


IDC Africa CIO Summit 2011

Winning Strategies of Empowered CIOs

Johannesburg, March 28, 2011 - March 29, 2011


IDC's Africa CIO Summit 2011 is a recognized IT leader focused event where CIO, business and IT executives get the distilled and compact insights in IT refresh strategies, emerging technologies and best practices that have near term impact to your business landscape. Valuable lessons together with high level executive insights are shared in a tightly IDC regulated sessions where fresh new ideas, both disruptive and exciting will be carefully put together to help IT and business professionals produce the winning changes needed to their existing IT strategies. Every year, this IDC event illuminates the many minds with the best winning practices and engage emerging and promising vendors to outline their new product blueprint and practical solutions. Minds will be stretched while new ideas will grow.

With the recovery in place resulting from last year economic recession impact, IDC’s Africa CIO Summit 2011 will focus on a pressing theme: Winning Strategies of Empowered CIOs in the region. What are the winning strategies that empower CIOs to go the extra mile during this recessive period? In challenging times, it take sharp minds, wits and creativity to rejuvenate organizations.

A slowed-down economy is the perfect period where enterprises big and small alike, take the opportunity to re-evaluate existing workforce productivity, effectiveness and align their business strategies. The most pressing issue at this juncture for CIOs is to educate their company’s board members and stakeholders alike on the benefits of aligning IT business objectives with all business units within the organization. They must effect change with transparency, efficiency and urgency.

How can CIOs re-ignite the momentum and help rejuvenate businesses? What winning strategies can they adopt in their organizations to maintain their market share while growing their business?

IDC's Africa CIO Summit 2011 will bring together the best minds from resilient enterprises, fresh perspectives from IDC analysts and collective intelligence from the top business leaders.


CIO Challenges

African CIOs will be looking to leverage additional connectivity provided by undersea cables and manage internal technology infrastructure costs by using WAN optimization and unified communications technologies while balancing cost and footprint considerations by employing virtualization and consolidation technologies. Cloud computing is an area of significant interest at this stage, but actual budget allocations and earmarks for deployment are low, mainly as a result of the immaturity of this arena and concerns regarding the security and reliability of such a solution. Further confusion is noted due to widely differing definitions of what cloud computing actually is as a result of considerable vendor hype around the subject.

IDC's CIO Summit Provides

  • First-hand visions and experiences from recognized leaders
  • CIO trends and peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Major ICT trends and developments over the next three to five years
  • An insight into cutting-edge best practices
  • Visionary presentations from the industry leaders
  • In-depth analysis on the winning strategies employed by empowered CIOs



    Time Event Speakers

    Registration & Tea / Coffee


    Welcome Address

    Nicola Quinn
    Country Manager, IDC South Africa

    Winning Strategies in the New Marketplace: Making Your Business Resilient!

    Businesses are increasingly under the spotlight as international corporate and economic focus narrows on this developing region. Commercial performance expectations, risk management, and cost-reduction considerations are paramount with much at stake. Regional corporations are critically re-assessing their current position and seeking new ways to win in the digital marketplace. Furthermore, developments in information technology have introduced disruptive forces, such as cloud computing, that accelerate the need for relevant and effective applications to address numerous challenges and abundant opportunities. IDC reviews winning strategies in Africa and shares insights with attending CIOs on just what it takes to be a top regional achievers. Finally, this session, led jointly by IDC Vice Presidents for EMEA and MEA, will discuss recent changes in ICT spending patterns, ICT user requirements, and transforming vendor business models. But what are the real implications for budgets and technology spending in this era, and what has changed in terms of CIO priorities?


    Session : Future of Virtualization: Leveraging Dynamic Infrastructure


    Future of Virtualization: Leveraging Dynamic Infrastructure

    Thomas Meyer
    Vice President, Systems and Infrastructure Solutions, EMEA, IDC

    One of the top strategic challenges facing today's CIO is deciding whether cloud computing is right for them or not. The fear of being left behind can force ill-thought out decisions that take years to recover from. There is also the risk that being on the bleeding edge of an innovation cycle can prove too costly. However, done right, cloud computing will unlock the business value of an organization. This presentation will explain what to look for, who to influence, and when to deliver services through cloud infrastructure.


    Data Center Family™ of Solutions

    Dr. Gerard Nkusi
    Datacenter Services Consultancy Practice Leader (MEA), IBM

    Organizations are struggling to handle the rapid increase in the use of IT through their existing datacenters, and often these datacenters cannot support the high-density computing needs of today’s business climate. This presentation will introduce IBM's family of datacenter solutions. Using a flexible and compact modular design that is quick to deploy at virtually any global location, IBM delivers a vendor-neutral, fully functional high-density compute-processing solution that supports any rack-mount technology while providing robust protection against environmental conditions and unauthorized physical access.


    Coffee Break


    Delivering Solutions in the Virtual Era

    Stephen Murdoch
    VP & GM, EMEA Public & Large Enterprise, Dell ME

    There is a growing and constant need to do more with less in the business world, to make organizations and people more effective to ensure survival in an increasingly competitive landscape. CIOs and their teams are creating the connection points across all of that disparity; turning data into information, enabling decisions, and driving the real improvements in productivity reflected in our recovering economy. The expectations for being able to connect information from one point on the globe to another instantaneously have never been greater. This session will show that by standardizing, simplifying, and automating technology, CIOs can shift resources from 'keeping the lights on' to a point where they are enabling innovation and growth, helping their organizations to become more agile and in turn delivering more value.


    End User Invited By Dell


    Virtualization & Cloud : Management, Mobility and Optimization
    Panel Discussion chaired by: Thomas Meyer, Vice President, Systems and Infrastructure Solutions, EMEA, IDC

    Dare Adeyeri,

    This session will bring together CIOs for a panel discussion regarding their personal experiences with virtualization & cloud technology. As virtualization continues to go mainstream, new challenges and new opportunities arise. The session's goal will be an understanding of how to maximize the business benefits associated with this technology. Topics to be addressed include: reducing power consumption, simplifying server administration, implementing efficient disaster recovery strategies, delivering robust flexibility in a distributed cloud computing environment and much more.


    Round Table Discussion Tracks

    Virtualization Optimization: An Emerging IT Paradigm
    • IDC Chairperson: Thomas Meyer
    Art of IT & Business Alignment
    • IDC Chairperson: Frank Gens


    (Parallel Sessions)

    Please use the select box below to browse through the sessions.




    Round Table Discussion Tracks

    Driving IT Value in a Multi-Faceted Environment
    • IDC Chairperson: Mark Walker
    IT Sourcing Strategies: People and Processes
    • IDC Chairperson: Margaret Adam


    (Parallel Sessions)

    Please use the select box below to browse through the sessions.




    Where is your Jurisdiction? IT Requirements in a Borderless Environment

    Rohan Isaac
    Director, Deneys Reitz Attorneys

    How Capital & Budget Constraints Are (re)Shaping IT Investment Strategies
    Panel Discussion chaired by: Jyoti Lalchandani, VP & Regional MD, IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey

    As the market is moving forward with growth (albeit some uncertainty), enterprises (large and small alike) are re-evaluating options to prioritize investments and allocate resources to achieve new financial growth targets. This has translated to driving transformation with ROI-led innovations. Business leaders are looking to their CIOs/CTOs to harness/leverage technology to drive some of these transformations. In recent times, we have seen the rising interest of Cloud, business process optimization tools, business and customer analytics, virtual machines/clients, mobility and sustainability, all with the goals of driving overall cost optimization and customer centricity. In the output world, where savings and business process alignment can be greatly achieved to support some of the ROI-led transformations CIO/CTOs are working towards in 2011-2012. This panel discussion will share some of the transformations enterprises are undergoing/undertaking and how a timely output strategy can play an essential role to achieve the financial KPIs. The rise of the CFO involvement in technology procurement is a key driver in many of the output-led discussions and engagements. A greater pool of CIOs and IT departments are beginning to understand and appreciate the financial benefits and indirect value add of an effective output strategy with the renewed focus on asset utilization. This is also inline with companies' move from a CAPEX to an OPEX model as more cash is needed for emerging market investments and strategic growth priorities.


    Wrap up, Summary of Day 1 & Close

    Mark Walker
    Program Director, Verticals, IDC South Africa

    Gala Dinner & Live Entertainment


    Nicola Quinn

    Country Manager, IDC South Africa

    Jyoti Lalchandani

    VP & Regional MD, IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey

    Dr. Gerard Nkusi

    Datacenter Services Consultancy Practice Leader (MEA), IBM

    Stephen Murdoch

    VP & GM, EMEA Public & Large Enterprise, Dell ME

    Dare Adeyeri

    CIO, Guaranty Trust Bank

    Sam Kamanga

    Chief ICT, National Insurance Corporation of Tanzania Limited

    Thomas Meyer

    Vice President, Systems and Infrastructure Solutions, EMEA, IDC

    Frank Gens

    Senior Vice President & Chief Analyst, IDC

    Mark Lewis

    Marketing Director, EMEA, Riverbed Technology

    Alvin Paules

    Chief Technology Architect, Systems Applications Products (SAP) Pty Ltd

    General Information

    Date and Time

    Sunday, 27th March 2011

    Check In

    Monday, 28th March 2011

    Full Day Conference
    Gala Dinner/Live Entertainment

    Tuesday, 29th March 2011

    Half Day Conference
    Check Out


    Summit Partner(s)

    Platinum Partner(s)

    Gold Partner(s)

    Silver Partner(s)

    Exhibition Partner(s)

    Technological Partner(s)

    Lunch Partner(s)


    For more information on the past Africa CIO Summits, please visit



    Partnership Opportunities

    IDC’s CIO Summit 2011 will focus on a pressing theme – Back to Winning Ways: Strategies of Empowered CIOs. What are the winning strategies that empower CIOs to go the extra mile with less during this challenging period? In uncertain times, it takes sharp minds, wits, and creativity to rejuvenate organizations.

    IDC's CIO Summits are bespoke events, tailored specifically in terms of format, structure, style, and partner opportunities to address local-market needs. Plenary sessions, breakout tracks, real-life case studies, and in-depth Q&A sessions combine to provide unparalleled interaction between delegates and partners, enhancing the summit's value and creating the optimum networking environment.

    Becoming a partner at the Africa CIO Summit event will enable you to network with the CIOs of leading organizations both from public and private sectors and gain unrivaled insight into their purchasing priorities and the challenges they face. The Summit will provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with excellent opportunities for brand positioning and networking, allowing you to initiate and grow relationships with key contacts and gain mindshare at the very highest level.


    Partnership Opportunites

    For detailed value adds and more information on the above, please contact Ms. Ronita Bhattacharjee, Associate VP Conferences, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, at or on +971 4 391 2747.


    To access the content, please enter the password you have received from IDC. If you do not have a password, please contact Ronita Bhattacharjee via email, at

    Photo Gallery

    This event has no photogallery images.


    Ronita Bhattacharjee

    Vice President, Conferences

    +971 50 7872436

    About IDC

    47 Years | 1100 Analysts | 110 Countries

    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 wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, data and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit