Saudi Arabia CIO Summit

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Saudi Arabia CIO Summit

Winning Strategies of Empowered CIOs

Jeddah, September 25, 2011 - September 26, 2011


 Under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Mohamed Jamil Bin Ahmed Mulla, Minister of Communications & Information Technology

IDC's Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2011 is an ICT-focused event designed to provide CIOs and senior business executives with distilled insights into the IT refresh strategies, emerging technologies, and cutting-edge best practices that are shaping the business landscape. Valuable lessons will be learnt as experiences are shared in tightly regulated sessions and fresh new ideas – both disruptive and exciting – are pieced together to help IT and business professionals implement winning changes to their IT strategies. This exclusive event will illuminate the minds of those in attendance and engage both emerging and established vendors as they outline their new product blueprints and practical solutions for dealing with the future. Minds will be stretched while new ideas will grow.

With the recovery from the economic crisis already beginning to take shape IDC’s Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2011 will focus on a pressing theme: the 'Winning Strategies of Empowered CIOs'. In challenging times it takes sharp minds, wits, and creativity to rejuvenate organizations, so this event will examine the strategies that enable CIOs to go that extra mile during periods of uncertainty.

A slowed-down economy presents the perfect opportunity for enterprises – big and small alike – to re-evaluate their existing workforce productivity and effectiveness and to realign their business strategies. The most pressing issue at this juncture for CIOs is to educate their organizations' board members and stakeholders on the benefits of effectively aligning IT with the objectives of all individual business units within the organization. Indeed, they must effect change with transparency, efficiency, and urgency.

How can CIOs reignite 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 Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2011 will answer these questions by combining real-life insights from the Kingdom's most resilient enterprises, fresh perspectives from senior IDC analysts, and the collective intelligence of Saudi Arabia's top business leaders.

IDC's Saudi Arabia 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

  • Staffing issues (i.e., recruitment, retention, and development)
  • IT project control and management
  • Change management (i.e. IT project control and management
  • Transforming IT from a cost to a profit center
  • Measuring the ROI of IT investments

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
  • Insights into cutting-edge best practices
  • Visionary presentations from the industry leaders
  • In-depth analysis of the winning strategies employed by empowered CIOs


Time Event Speakers

Registration & Networking


Quran Recital


Opening Address


Winning Strategies of Empowered CIOs

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 Saudi Arabia 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?


Cloud Computing as a Driver of Business Agility
Chaired by: Frank Gens, Senior Vice President & Chief Analyst, IDC

Nizar Abdul-Baki
Server & Tools Business Group Lead, Saudi Arabia, Microsoft

Cloud computing is transforming the value that IT adds to business by enabling flexible, scalable, timely IT and business services to the business users at lower costs in a pay-as-you-go model. Like their counterparts in other emerging IT markets, Saudi CIOs are assessing the benefits that Cloud offers while weighing in the challenges, and carefully drawing up their strategies around Cloud. This session will discuss the following key topics related to Cloud and currently relevant to the Saudi CIO:

  • Cloud is not just about virtualization
  • Cloud as a driver of business agility
  • Best practices framework for building a private cloud
  • Cloud management
  • ROI from Cloud deployments



Panel Discussion


Session 1: Driving Business Agility: Role of the Progressive CIO

Chaired by: Mark Walker, Program Director - Vertical, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey

Businesses in Saudi Arabia are increasingly benchmarking themselves with global organizations and striving to achieve greater levels of operational excellence and efficiency. IT plays a key role in supporting these objectives by improving excellence and enhancing business agility. How can the progressive Saudi CIO effectively harness the latest technology innovations to significantly improve business agility?


Driving Business Agility and Excellence with IT

Mohammed Al Jasser
Vice President of the Enterprise Business Unit, STC

As the quest for IT excellence intensifies, this session will take a look at how today's CIOs can deliver excellent and timely results that add real value to the organization. It will assess the latest technologies on the market for driving business agility, provide tips on demonstrating the ROI from IT investments, and provide an in-depth analysis of the three main IT services models dominating the current landscape; outsourced, managed, and cloud.


The Essential CIO: Insight from the 2011 Global CIO Study

Dr. Montassar BenMrad
Executive Partner –Global Business Services, IBM

How are technology leaders helping their organizations adapt to the accelerating change and complexity that mark today’s competitive and economic landscape? To find out, we spoke in person with more then 3,000 CIOs, spanning 71 countries and 18 industries. These in-person conversations, along with our statistical analyses of responses, underscore the evermore vital role of the CIO.

The most successful CIOs are those who are closely aligned to the mandate that the business is expecting them to perform and deliver on it. Our analysis identified four mandates that CIOs typically operate within and specific patterns for each, with predominant focus areas and distinct approaches to IT leadership.



The Saudi CIO as a Business Leader

Panel Discussion


Coffee Break


Business Resilience: Cloud Meets Disaster Recovery

Travers Nicholas
vSpecialist Manager, EMEA South, EMC

Virtualization is transforming our datacenters and turning them into private or hybrid clouds. At the same time, the need for business continuity and resilience strategies is now much better appreciated in Saudi Arabia. The occurrence of disasters, natural and otherwise, and increasing regulatory pressures are persuading organizations to adopt comprehensive strategies in this area. This session will discuss the latest cloud technologies and look closely at how they can be leveraged to optimize datacenters and build more efficient and agile disaster recovery.


Session 2: The Art of IT Business Alignment

Chaired by: Frank Gens, Senior Vice President & Chief Analyst, IDC


Aligning Business & IT: Essentials for an Agile Organization

Moheb M. El-Hiewan
Regional Director - Hardware Sales, KSA, Oracle

It is increasingly becoming imperative for organizations to align business and IT in order to achieve optimal results. This session will discuss the best practices, tools and processes to align business & IT objectives, and address the role of the CIO in business - IT alignment.


The Art of IT Business Alignment

Panel Discussion

Business users are now demanding a much wider portfolio of services from IT departments at higher levels of quality. Internal client service is increasingly becoming a major priority for CIOs in this region, and service availability and performance are now critical. In this dynamic environment, IT departments will need to take stock of the technologies and processes that support IT service, assess service level agreements, consider best practices and define realistic goals. This panel will discuss the challenges and priorities of Saudi CIOs and offer actionable tips to enable the transformation of IT service levels.


Lunch & Networking


Round Table Discussion Tracks

Architecting IT Infrastructure for an Agile Business
  • IDC Chairperson: Thomas Meyer
IT Management Complexity: Preparing for New Realities
  • IDC Chairperson: Mark Walker


(Parallel Sessions)

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Gala Dinner, Live Entertainment & Raffle


His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Saleh Benten

President, Saudi Post

Steven Frantzen

Senior Vice President, Research, (EMEA Region), MD (CEMA Region), IDC

Jyoti Lalchandani

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

Nizar Abdul-Baki

Server & Tools Business Group Lead, Saudi Arabia, Microsoft

Abdulgader Al-Harthi

IT Manager, TASNEE

Mohammed Al Jasser

Vice President of the Enterprise Business Unit, STC

Dr. Montassar BenMrad

Executive Partner –Global Business Services, IBM

Muhammad Ali Albakri

VP Information Technology, Saudi Arabian Airlines

Travers Nicholas

vSpecialist Manager, EMEA South, EMC

Moheb M. El-Hiewan

Regional Director - Hardware Sales, KSA, Oracle

General Information

Date and Time

Saturday, 24th September 2011

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Sunday, 25th September 2011

Full Day Conference
Gala Dinner

Monday, 26th September 2011

Half Day Conference
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IDC’s  Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2011 will focus on a pressing theme – Winning 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 Saudi Arabia CIO Summit event will enable you to network with the CIOs from leading organizations both from public and private sectors and gain unrivalled 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. 

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