IT Forum 2018

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IT Forum 2018

Digital Transformation: Strategies for Automation, Innovation, and Intelligence

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

Digital Transformation: Strategies for Automation, Innovation and Intelligence

Francis Hook
Consulting Manager, Telecoms & Networking, Africa
It is becoming increasingly vital for organizations to use digital innovators to drive competitive advantage and ensure business longevity. Indeed, the automation and intelligence capabilities enabled by digital technologies have unleashed a new level of innovation across industries as businesses transform the way they engage with customers and deliver products and services. As such, the enterprise IT framework continues to evolve in line with changing business demands and technology enhancements. With organizations increasingly looking to accelerate innovation by leveraging digital strategies, this event will outline a series of cutting-edge digital transformation best practices and explore avenues for customizing the digital transformation process to suit individual business needs.


Synchronized Security – A Revolution in Threat Protection

Samson Ogada
Presales Manager - Kenya, Sophos
For decades, the security industry has been treating network security, endpoint security, and data security as completely different entities. It’s the equivalent of putting three security guards in your building – one outside the front door, one inside, and one in front of your safe – but not allowing them to talk to each other. But as threats get more complex, and IT resources continue to be stretched, it’s no longer possible to maintain this approach without compromising their protection. “Synchronized Security” is a new approach to IT Security, synchronizing endpoint and network security systems to provide automated correlation, threat discovery, and incident response in seconds, simplifying management and enabling faster decision making.


The CIO Agenda: Future-Ready IT for Digital Transformation

Bernard Wanjau
Servers and Networking Lead - East Africa, Dell EMC

Pressure on IT for everything to be right never been higher, and challenges of New IT trends never been as daunting.


Creating a Future-Proof IT Environment

Julius Kibonge
Account Manager – East Africa, Siemon
With the unprecedented growth in the data requirement and Internet of things, our technology environment dictates we provision for what’s to be


Tea/Coffee Break


Panel Discussion: The CxO Growth Imperative: Innovative, Integrate and Incorporate Technology

Technological change is the biggest, most disruptive force facing today's corporations. But technology isn’t changing only corporations — it's also changing the job of the CXO, bringing with it the challenge of keeping up with technological development. While there are multiple sources of potentially valuable intelligence, CXOs have to be clear about their priorities and also reconsider the composition of their teams, which must reflect the modern age and be on top of new technology and concepts that tap into the voice of customers, communities, and social media in a digital environment. The way CXOs communicate with the organization and other stakeholders is also changing. And while technology provides valuable new communication channels for any business leader, its use does not come without concerns. This session will explore how CXOs can leverage technology to assess and deliver on evolving customer expectations by implementing customer relationship management systems, interpreting complex and evolving needs of customers through data and analytics, and improving communication and engagement with the use of social media.



IDC Summary and Close


Lunch & Networking


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Exhibit Partner(s)

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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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