IDC IT Forum 2017

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IDC IT Forum 2017

Innovate, Disrupt & Transform

Cairo, September 11, 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, Networking & Welcome Tea / Coffee


Welcome Address

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President Consulting,Middle East and Africa

Digital Transformation for Innovation and Disruption
Chaired by: Ranjit Rajan, Associate Vice President, Research, IDC Middle East and 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.

IDC Keynote

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President Consulting,Middle East and Africa

End User Presentation: The Impact of Digital Transformation & the Technology on the Social Live

Dr. Moussa Ibrahim
Dean of Faculty of Information Systems & Computer Science, October 6 University, Egypt

Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation for Innovation and Disruption

Session 1: Transforming Today’s Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Businesses
Chaired by: Ranjit Rajan, Associate Vice President, Research, IDC Middle East and Africa

Changing business dynamics and competitive landscape are putting increased pressure on IT to innovate, be agile, and totally prepared to meet constantly evolving business needs. Business functions of the organizations are constantly innovating and aligning with ever changing demands of customers and internal stakeholders. Most of these changes are also impacting the IT infrastructure of organizations. This session presents a view on strategies adopted by Middle Eastern organizations to make their Infrastructure more agile by embracing cloud and optimizing their existing IT frameworks through the consolidation and convergence of their datacenters.


IDC Overview

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President Consulting,Middle East and Africa

Presentation by Nutanix

Ahmed Fathy Mostageer
Sr. Sales Manager, Nutanix

Panel Discussion


Tea/Coffee break


Raffle Draw in the Presentation Room
1 DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0

Session 2: Breaking the Silos and Taking an Integrated IT Security Approach
Chaired by: Ranjit Rajan, Associate Vice President, Research, IDC Middle East and Africa

Several high-profile attacks in the form of DDoS, Ransomware, and Fishing have hit the regional organizations in the past few years. Unsurprisingly, IT security has become more important than ever before. Despite that, security is still often addressed in silos, and not holistically. Many attacks come from 'insiders', and the problem will only worsen if corrective measures are not taken. Organizations needs to look at security beyond the perimeter security, till the applications and end user layer, which is only possible an integrated approach for security is taken. This session will present trends, and analysis on the ever-evolving threat landscape, and recommend strategies that organizations can take to have a holistic approach to address IT security.

IDC Overview

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President Consulting,Middle East and Africa

Essential Strategies and Consistent Definitions for Cyberwars

Sherif G. Beshay
Director & Board Member, Beshay Steel, Egypt

Panel Discussion


IDC Summary and Close


Mega Raffle Draw - One night stay for 2 at the Fairmont Heliopolis
Raffle Draw through meeting vouchers - 2 DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0


Lunch & Networking in the Expo Area

General Information

Date and Time

 Monday, 11th September 2017



Registration Fee

  • Free of Charge : For End Users (not IT +consultant companies)


For More Information, contact:

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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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