IT Forum 2018

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IT Forum 2018

The Secrets of Successful Digital Transformation

Nairobi, November 15, 2018


Executing change and transformation and improving business processes represent the top strategic priorities of IT executives in Middle East and Africa, according to an IDC survey. As the survey makes clear, IT executives are gearing up to drive their organizations’ digital transformation (DX) in the coming years.

IDC IT Forum event series 2018 is an information-sharing and networking platform for IT executives from leading local organizations. Attendees will engage in challenging debates and cutting-edge knowledge sharing with IDC analysts and industry thought leaders regarding the opportunities that digital transformation provides for gaining competitive advantage.


Time Event Speakers

Registration & Welcome Tea / Coffee


IDC Welcome Address

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

The Journey to the Digitally Native Enterprise
Chaired by: Francis Hook, Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa

The drive for organizations to be digital is increasing. More and more organizations are embracing digital as part of their DNA – it is now the way they operate. However, recent research suggests that only 26% of organizations can be considered digitally native, having made the transformation journey. Keys to success include the role of technology, the integration of the business and technology strategies, and the creation of transformation roadmaps. This session will explore how those companies have made the journey, including what is a digitally native enterprise, the mission of the enterprise, and the path to become digitally native. It will explore the different facets of the change, from the transformation of the approach to customers, technology and operating model, and introduce the organizational constructs on the journey to become digitally native.


IDC Keynote


Panel Discussion: The Journey to the Digitally Native Enterprise


Embracing Digital Transformation with Optimized Identity Access Management

A recent IDC security survey showed many enterprises in East Africa believe they are more secure than they actually are, with identity access management (IAM) identified as the weakest of all security practices. More than 54% of East Africa organizations take a reactive approach when it comes to IAM, rely soley on administrators to create, modify, and delete accounts using static, siloed process and only sometimes review the access. IDC shares insights and perspective on why and how organizations should build a robust IAM practice in today’s context when enterprises embrace various forms of cloud, mobility and take on the digital transformation journey. The key emphasis is to educate the audience identity is the core of security and a call for action.


Mutli-Cloud Environment for Digital Transformation through Next Generation Applications

IDC's research confirms that the enterprise datacenter is under pressure. Many enterprise datacenters are experiencing downtime, latency and performance issues. Datacenters are aging and also unable to cope with the new demands being placed on them by digital transformation. At the same time, CIOs are under greater pressure to find strategic uses for the datacenter as well as drive down costs with additional efficiencies through automation. The multi-cloud datacenter environment is becoming the new normal in North Africa.. This will only increase with the advent of new next generation applications and the internet of the things. As the multi-cloud environment is adopted, new challenges are being experienced with integration and security.


Tea/Coffee Break


The Future of Commerce

Augmented and virtual reality technologies are allowing for new consumption models and immersive experiences. Crowdsourcing, 3D printing, and drones will continue to drive new sourcing and fulfilment models. The future of commerce is pervasive, on-demand and pertinent, and presents massive opportunities. But it also requires a significant transformation in the way businesses deliver products and service customers. In this presentation, industry leaders and practitioners will share key insights, examples of emerging forms of commerce, and provide recommendations that will help you thrive in this journey.


Printing Innovations: Moving Beyond the Traditional

The printing industry has undergone a sea change in the past decade with the traditional idea and usage of printers undergoing a major shift. With digitization initiatives taking place across the region, the traditional usage of printed documents is facing a major decline as the industry increasingly moves toward managed print services, hybrid print technologies, and 3D printing. A new wave of possibilities is emerging in the wake of these printing innovations, adding to the overall innovation that is already taking place within the region's enterprise space. This session identifies the key developments taking shape in the printing industry and examines the implications for organizations of all sizes and from across the vertical spectrum.


Real Challenges, Real Stories: Turning Adversity into Opportunity

For many IT Executives, to say that 2018 has presented its fair share of challenges is clearly an understatement. On the one hand, budget constraints have forced IT departments into a 'leverage and optimize' mode as part of broader cost reduction mandates, while on the other the business requirements have become significantly more demanding due to volatility in the markets. Organizations have been forced to rethink investment strategies – and any new capital expenditure is coming under intense scrutiny. As a result, new pricing and service delivery models have becoming more attractive where more flexibility is available. This presents us with an opportunity to think about what the 2019 technology landscape would look like, and in this respect IT Executives are asking a number of questions as they start making plans for the future. This session will attempt to answer these questions, as well as provide a healthy platform for debate to ensure that attendees can share best practices where relevant.

Hear from your peers from various industries describing how recent findings from the business literature have revealed a major challenge to today’s successful organizations. The session also discusses the ability to anticipate, and prepare for, continuous and disruptive market change. While many organizations have been created, and indeed prospered, around a key successful business idea, often this success has ultimately encumbered the organization, and made it difficult to adjust to changing market realities. As a result, the established successful organization may face significant challenges to continued market dominance


IDC Summary and Close


Raffle Draw !!


Lunch & Networking


Gold Partner(s)

Exhibit Partner(s)

Partnership Opportunities

Why Partner with IDC for the 2018 Forum

In the world of digital transformation, there are resisters, explorers, players, transformers, and disruptors.


  • If you have not already developed a digitally enhanced, customer-focused strategy, now is the time to begin.
  • If you are taking a case-by-case approach to building your digital initiatives, now is the time to advance.
  • If you are struggling to scale your digital initiative across your organization, now is the time to move forward.


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Deepa Ahuja

Conference Director, Africa

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