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IDC IT Forum 2017- Jeddah

Innovate, Disrupt & Transform

Jeddah, November 21, 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 & Early Bird Raffle


Welcome Address

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia

Digital Transformation for Innovation & Disruption

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia

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.


Digital Transformation – A Journey

Dr. Adnan Mustafa Al-Bar
Vice President,Jeddah City Counci

Panel Discussion

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia
Hisham S. Hammami
CIO – Ministry of Hajj, Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Shah
IT and Smart City Director – Knowledge Economic City
Dr. Adnan Mustafa Al-Bar
Vice President,Jeddah City Counci

Session 1: Transforming Today’s Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Businesses


IDC Overview

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia

The Enterprise Cloud Platform

Paulo Pereira
Director, Systems Engineering - Middle East, Nutanix

Panel discussion

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia
Yuosof Al-Radi
System Manager IT Infrastructure, Saudi Airlines
Paulo Pereira
Director, Systems Engineering - Middle East, Nutanix

Tea/Coffee break

Session 2: Breaking the Silos and Taking an Integrated IT Security Approach

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

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia

Introducing Connect Key - Your New Work Place

Joe Bailis
National Business Development Manager, Saudi Xerox Agencies Co.

Panel discussion

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia

Mega Raffle draw


IDC Summary and Close

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia

Lunch & Networking

General Information

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 21, 2017



Registration Fee

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

USD 500 Per Participant : For IT vendors, and IT consultant companies


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  • Hold meaningful conversations with potential customers – generous time set aside for networking
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