IDC IT Forum Roadshow 2018

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IDC IT Forum Roadshow 2018

Digital Transformation: Strategies for Automation, Innovation, and Intelligence

Jeddah, December 4, 2018


  • By 2019, worldwide spending on digital initiatives will reach $2.2 trillion, almost 60% higher than 2016.
  • By 2020, half of the Global 2000 enterprises will see the majority of their business depend on their ability to create digitally-enabled product, services, and experiences.
  • IDC research shows that 89% of organizations in the Middle East and Africa regard digital transformation as central to their corporate strategies.

In today's world, digital transformation (DX) has attained a macroeconomic scale and impact, becoming the core of what industry leaders do and how they operate. The DX economy is driven by digital-native enterprises. Born in the digital era, these enterprises are disrupting the traditional models and forms of interactions between the customer and the product or service.

In order to succeed in this economy, established enterprises must embrace a "digital native" approach to the way they think and act. Indeed, comprehensive digital strategies must be put in place if these organizations are to actively disrupt business models and processes, establish new revenue sources, and increase profitability.

To fully embrace the mindset a digital-native enterprise, there are five digital competencies that organizations must attain:

  • Leadership: Deliver and integrate new digital technologies alongside legacy systems and processes while embedding infrastructure and cultural change management techniques as a result of digitally-enhanced processes.
  • Relationship: Optimize reach, maximize relevancy, and enable reciprocity from customers, employees, and channel partners. Aim for evangelism, not just satisfaction.
  • Information: Syntax, semantics, and socialization are all critical when the endgame is to increase the revenues generated from information-based products, experiences, and services.
  • Operation: Achieve scale and expand the scope and delivery speed of innovations across business units.
  • Talent: Leverage workplace optimization and talent sourcing so that processes, people, and culture all perfectly align with the organization's DX goals.

The digital battlefield is intensifying, and all industries are being disrupted. Technology and non-technology players are converging. Are you ready to compete in the DX economy?


Time Event Speakers

Registration, Networking & Tea/Coffee


Welcome Address

Jawad Khalil
Program Manager, Telecoms KSA

IDC Keynote: Digital Transformation: Strategies for Automation, Innovation, and Intelligence

Hamza Naqshbandi
Country Manager – IDC Saudi Arabia

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: Digital Transformation: Strategies for Automation, Innovation, and Intelligence


Technology Track:Session 1 (Parallel Sessions)

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10:00 - 10:10

IDC Keynote

10:30 - 11:00

Panel Discussion: How the Continuous Adoption of IoT Accelerates Digital Transformation

10:00 - 10:10

IDC Keynote

10:30 - 11:00

Panel Discussion: Keeping Infrastructure Aligned with Digital Transformation


Tea/Coffee break and Networking in Exhibit Area


Session 2: Technology Track (Parallel Sessions)

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11:20 - 11:30

IDC Keynote

Jebin George
Program Manager, Industry Solutions, Middle East & Africa
11:30 - 12:00

Panel Discussion: Building Smart Cities: Bringing Technologies Together for Urban Digital Transformation

11:20 - 11:30

IDC Keynote

Uzair Mujtaba
Program Manager — IDC Saudi Arabia
11:30 - 12:00

Panel Discussion: Rising Security Threats Along the Digital Transformation Journey


Tea/Coffee break and Networking in the Exhibit area


Session 3: Technology Track (Parallel Sessions)

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12:40 - 12:50

IDC Keynote

13:20 - 13:40

Panel Discussion: Data and Business Analytics

12:40 - 12:50

IDC Keynote

Uzair Mujtaba
Program Manager — IDC Saudi Arabia
13:20 - 13:40

Panel Discussion: Accelerating Digital Transformation with Cloud


IDC Summary and Close


Mega Raffle!!


Lunch & Networking in the Exhibit Area

General Information

Date & Time

Tuesday, 4th December 2018



Registration Fee

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


For More Information, contact:

Dalia Jaarah - +966 11 434 8229 /


Gold Partner(s)

Exhibit Partner(s)

Partnership Opportunities

Why sponsor the IT Forum 2018?

  • 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



Shabana Mahadiwala

Conference Director

+971 56 414 5986

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