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IDC IT Forum 2017

Innovate, Disrupt & Transform

Nairobi, December 7, 2017


The African region is expected to be one of the world's fastest growing IT markets over the coming years. The growth in these markets will be driven by tangible economic stability and resilience supported by increased government spending. The biggest verticals in the region — contributing to nearly 74% of overall Africa IT spending in 2017 — are the consumer, public, communications, and finance sectors, but looking ahead, the fastest growing verticals will be the transportation, public, and energy sectors, as much of the large-scale infrastructure upgrade projects planned by the region's governments are focused on these areas.

Against this backdrop, the IDC IT Forum offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable stage for the more than 100 IT professionals in attendance to discuss strategic IT decisions based on best practices and sound technology. By enabling the region's leading IT lights to collaborate, connect, and inspire, this gathering will provide an unrivalled platform for sharing ideas and establishing a true peer-to-peer community.

IDC’s 2017 IT Forum will examine the reasons behind the accelerated drive toward innovation and identify the immense contributions that IT managers will be expected to make over the coming years.


Time Event & Speakers

Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee


Welcome Address

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

Digital Transformation for Innovation and Disruption

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

In today’s world, the phrases of innovation, disruption, and transformation are heavily interlinked and go hand in hand with each other. With the increased collaboration between IT and business functions, the objective to drive digital transformation (DX) is not to simply innovate and gain competitive advantage, but more importantly to disrupt the status quo in one’s favor. The motivation for DX has gone beyond the internal needs to impact the wider ecosystem. DX has emerged to be a stepping stone to meliorate customer experience, optimization of resources, drive innovation, and most importantly improving top and bottom line of businesses. The business organization always have a vision on what they would like to achieve; however, it is the IT organization that needs to step up and enable the business to accomplish that vision. IT is possibly the most critical pillar in this transformation, as well as to drive innovation by leveraging third platform technologies, i.e. cloud, mobility, big data, and social. The session provides a view on the role of DX in today’s market, trends, best practices, and strategies that IT leaders can adopt to sail on their organizations’ DX journey.


Building a Cyber Resilient Organization

Cobus Benade
Sales Engineer Middle East and Africa, Mimecast

This presentation will talk about some of the elements of a Cyber Resilient organization, data behind why a resilience approach is required and a few of the steps organizations can take to become more resilient.


Tea/Coffee Break & Networking


Security for Digital Transformation

Imran Chaudhrey
Regional Account Manager - East Africa, Fortinet
New technology strategies are eliminating traditional network perimeters. As a result, determined and enterprising cybercriminals are launching more sophisticated and frequent attacks in order to exploit this new attack surface. The security challenge with the distributed nature of these networks is that while they offer vast new business opportunities, they also reduce data and network visibility. To maintain essential data security during this digital transformation, IT teams must now learn to harness the complexity that has traditionally been used against them and make it into a security advantage. This can be done through increasing automation, segmentation, and virtualization to improve visibility, threat detection, and response.


Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa
Stanley M. Chege
CIO, Madison Group Kenya
Duncan Eric Ogonji
Manager Enterprise Systems, Commercial Bank of Africa
Alkane Patel
CIO, Bidco Africa

Preparing for the Future

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

As we enter this new digitally driven hyper-connected era, and despite tight budget and spending, organizations who can rapidly scale their digital transformation will be the thrivers in the digital economy. This session outline key Technology and Leadership trends set to shape the 3 years ahead, and offer guidance on the key imperatives that will impact strategic decisions for IT Executives. In this session, Francis Hook will focus on a selection of key predictions and provide guidance to IT Executives for managing the implications these predictions harbor and the impact on their investment priorities and implementation strategies.


Summary & Close


Mega Raffle Draw !!


Lunch & Networking

General Information

Date: 7 December 2017

Registration & Coffee/ Tea Break start at 8:30 am

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi

Conference Language The conference will be held in English

Registration is for End-Users Only


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 Why sponsor the IT Forum 2017?

  • Brand association with Senior IT Decision Makers, CIOs and Influencers via the extensive promotional campaign pre- and post-event
  • Position your company as one of the leading technology players in the Region
  • Meet face-to-face and build connections with a targeted group of qualified end users and decision makers
  • Hold meaningful conversations with potential customers – generous time set aside for networking
  • Secure post show appointments by collecting leads & conducting surveys through the exhibition


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Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi

Plan a visit to the most up-and-coming place in Kenya with a stay at the new Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi, Upper Hill, in the heart of the fast-growing business district in Nairobi. The hotel is just a 20-minute drive from the airport and a 20-minute drive from Nairobi National Park, a well-known wildlife preserve with herds of zebras, wildebeests and giraffes.


Deepa Ahuja

Conference Director, Africa

+91 981874 7089

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