IDC IT Forum 2017

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IDC IT Forum 2017

Innovate, Disrupt, and Transform

Dakar, May 17, 2017


Digital transformation, a process that is already well underway across geographies and industries, is demonstrating its value by driving innovation. Modern businesses face tough economic and political conditions and are burdened with the need to constantly innovate, seek new opportunities, and defend themselves against disruptive competition. The IT department, viewed as the engine room of innovation, is thus increasingly expected to deliver not only improvements, cost savings, and efficiencies in existing processes, but also real business transformation as well.

The 3rd Platform – and its key pillars of cloud, mobile, social, and big data analytics – is coming into its own as a facilitator of this new generation of technology-led business innovation. Moreover, a new innovation ecosystem is arising on top of the 3rd Platform, made up of emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), machine learning, and next-generation security, as well as advances in user experience (UX). Businesses that develop and embrace a culture of innovation will be best placed to enhance their competitive performance, generate new sources of revenue, and defeat disruptive competition as it arises.

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

Mohamed Zizi
Country Manager

Innovate, Disrupt, and Transform

Mervin Miemoukanda
Senior Research Analyst, Software

This session aims to present the changing IT landscape that is highly driven by the continually evolving business scenario. The business stakeholders are having an increased impact on the way IT is run. New business initiatives will call for an agile IT infrastructure, management, and most importantly, the adoption of new technologies. This presentation will also examine the challenges that IT executives will face in times ahead, and what strategies can they adopt to overcome some or most of these challenges.


Company of the Future is a Platform

Directeur Général Afrique, Visiativ

Symbols of change induced by digital: GAFA and NATU. Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon or Netflix, AirBnB, Tesla or Uber, this new generation of companies has one thing in common: the platform. What about the African company? How it can take advantage of digital technology and thus change paradigm to reinvent itself.


Accelerate the Digital Transformation

Babacar Kane
General Manager - Senegal & West African French Speaking Countries, IBM

Cloud is at the heart of the digital transformation in companies and is the way to be innovative, agile in an increasingly competitive market. How to manage the transition to Cloud? How to adopt this business model? The challenge remains!


Tea/Coffee Break & Networking


Document Management

Omar Chekrouni
Managing Director, ARKEOS

Today businesses face several challenges regarding document management. Different solutions can be put into place to alleviate those challenges and difficulties. Discover how we can help you for that.


Panel Discussion: Innovate, Disrupt & Transform

Mervin Miemoukanda
Senior Research Analyst, Software
Directeur Général Afrique, Visiativ
Babacar Kane
General Manager - Senegal & West African French Speaking Countries, IBM
Omar Chekrouni
Managing Director, ARKEOS

This discussion will address the below questions

  • The term 'innovation' has different meanings for different individuals, businesses, and even business functions. So what does it mean for the role of IT within your organization?



IDC Summary & Close


Raffle Draw !!


Lunch & Networking

General Information


17th May 2017


King Fahd Palace Hotel, Dakar


End User can register free for this event.

IT Companies will be charged a fee of $500

Registration deadline for end-users: 16th May 2017


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