IT Forum 2018

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IT Forum 2018

Digital Transformation: Strategies for Automation, Innovation and Intelligence

Lagos, November 28, 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


Early Bird Raffle Draw!!!


IDC Welcome Address


Digital Transformation: Strategies for Automation, Innovation and Intelligence

Oluwole Babatope
Senior Research Analyst, Telecoms & Networking

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.


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.


Session 1: A New Paradigm:Human-Centric Cybersecurity

Christo van Staden
Sub Saharan Africa Regional Manager, Forcepoint- Dubai

The concrete perimeter is a fallacy. It has never been anything more than a dream, a hope of keeping bad actors out. Today’s security perimeter has evolved to respond to the inevitable — threats that are already inside our networks. The corresponding security challenges are increasing exponentially, both in number and in difficulty, as companies embrace the cloud and third-party integration. This presentation will evaluate the role that people-centric security plays in protecting intellectual property and other valuable content in the next generation of cyberthreats.



Session 2: Modernizing the Datacenter with a Hyperconverged Architecture

Martins Walshaw
Strategic Account Manager for West Africa, Nutanix

Datacenter infrastructure is undergoing a once-in-a-generation change thanks to digital transformation imperatives. Cloud and IT consumerization has completely reset business users' expectations from IT; demand is also rising for modern technologies and architectures that lower costs while providing new levels of speed, scale, operational efficiency, and security. The modern datacenter needs to be cloud-connected, API-driven, automated, security-enabled, and agile in order to meet the demands of existing virtualized workloads and next-generation applications. This session will thus explore why IT departments around the world are increasingly turning to hyperconverged architectures to run their enterprise workloads.

Tea/Coffee Break


Raffle Draw in Presentation Room!!!

12:00-13:15 Session 3: Keeping the Infrastructure Aligned with Digital Transformation


IDC Keynote

Transforming the IT infrastructure in parallel to the digital transformation is critical to avoid IT bottlenecks while the organization is undergoing critical transformation. With datacenters serving as the backbone of enterprise IT, foraying into the next generation of digital products, solutions, and services is not possible without a robust, agile, scalable and transformative IT architecture. This session examines ways to parallelly transform the datacenter along with digital transformation while managing costs and ensuring agility.



Executive Introduction to Digital Transformation

Uzo Nwani
Client Executive, global Markets, IBM West Africa

Synchronized Security – A Revolution in Threat Protection

Opeoluwa Ojumo
Product Manager, 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


Transform for the Future

Adekunle Windapo
Senior Systems Engineer, DELL EMC


Panel Discussion


Session 4: Rising Security in the Digital Transformation Journey

Oladimeji Kazeem
Head ICT, PAL Pensions

As businesses embrace digital technologies like mobility, big data analytics, cloud, social, IoT and artificial intelligence, they expose themselves to a whole new set of vulnerabilities and security risks. For many businesses undergoing digital transformation, managing security, compliance and ensuring data protection remain their top challenge. This session will explore the different types of security threats that organizations should address in their digital transformation journey.



IDC Summary and Close


Lunch & Networking

General Information


Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Oniru, Lagos

Wednesday, 28th November 2018

8:30 am



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

For More Information, contact: Theresa Eshiet - +234 1 2770303 / 08023356732 /


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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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Theresa Etukodo Eshiet

Conference Manager, West Africa

+234 802 335 6732

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