IDC 2018 Middle East, Turkey and Africa Directions

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IDC 2018 Middle East, Turkey and Africa Directions

Digital Economy at a Tipping Point: ICT Market Outlook

Dubai 23.1.2018


The ICT Industry is entering the 2nd chapter of the 3rd Platform Era, built on technologies and business models that will dramatically accelerate – and scale – digital innovation. The Middle East, Turkey and Africa region is at the DX tipping point and is well poised to accelerate its adoption of 3rd Platform technologies including cloud, and big data analytics, but also highly disruptive Innovation Accelerators such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence/cognitive systems, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, Blockchain and others. Various sub-regions and countries are moving at varying speeds. Countries that are heavily dependent on hydrocarbon and commodity exports have been constrained by weak global demand and low prices. Some of them have redirected their visions towards building more diversified economies, and here, ICT is moving to the center of their national transformation strategies. New regulations and tax regimes are around the corner which could have an impact on ICT spending. In the wake of rapid transformation, the ICT talent mix is being reviewed by organizations and national policy makers. At the same time, technology-led innovation and entrepreneurship are taking root in many cities and countries, often fostered, promoted and supported by visionary governments.

For the ICT markets in the region, the next 2 -3 years are expected to be dynamic, disruptive, and laced with innovation. Rapid change will present significant opportunities for technology providers across the industry landscape – MNC vendors, telecom operators, system integrators, IT services companies, distributors and others. However, in order to tap into them effectively, they will be required to make several smart bets and moves - on country markets, products and services, go-to-market campaigns and skills.

IDC Directions 2018 event is designed to provide senior executives, regional leaders and strategists at technology firms a forum to engage with experienced international and local IDC analysts and hear from them about their predictions and outlook for country and technology markets.



Time Event Speakers

Registration & Welcome Tea / Coffee


IDC Welcome Address

Jyoti Lalchandani
Group Vice President, Regional Managing Director, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

The Second Chapter of the 3rd Platform - "Multiplied Innovation" for the DX Economy: Outlook and Predictions for the ICT Industry

Crawford Del Prete
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Research Products & Chief Research Officer, IDC

DX Economy Tipping Point in META: ICT Outlook for the Region and What it Means for Regional Leaders

Jyoti Lalchandani
Group Vice President, Regional Managing Director, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

Tea / Coffee Break & Networking


Technology Tracks (Parallel Sessions)

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11:45 - 12:35

The DX Impact on Cloud & Security: Outlook for 2018 & Beyond

Megha Kumar
Research Director, Software, Middle East & Africa
Swapna Subramani
Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa
11:45 - 12:35

The Consumer Technology Revolution: How DX is Shaping the Consumer Device Market

Nabila Popal
Senior Research Manager, Mobile Handsets & PC Monitors programs
Fouad Rafiq Charakla
Senior Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, Middle East & Africa
11:45 - 12:35

The Rise of Innovation Accelerators: How Disruptive Technology Trends Will Shape the Region

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President, Consulting, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey
11:55 - 12:45

Transformation in the IPDS Market: Outlook for 2018 & Beyond

Roberto Alunni
Senior Research Manager, Imaging Devices & Document Solutions, Middle East & Africa
11:45 - 12:35

The Internet of Things: Emerging Use Cases & Technology Trends

Paul Black
Program Director, Telecoms & Networking, Middle East & Africa

Geo/Country Tracks (Parallel Sessions)

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12:35 - 13:15

Saudi Arabia-The "Business End" of the NTP 2020 – Opportunities and Challenges

Hamza Naqshbandi
Principal Analyst – IDC Saudi Arabia
12:35 - 13:15

Rethinking the Africa Opportunity: New Strategies and Priorities

Mark Walker
Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa;, Africa
12:35 - 13:15

Digital Acceleration: Rapid Transformation in the UAE and the Rest of the Middle East and the Opportunities it Offers

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President, Consulting, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey
12:35 - 13:15

Digital Transformation: Where Does Turkey Stand and What Will Shake and Shape the Turkish ICT Market in 2018 and Beyond

Eren Eser
Principal Analyst

Lunch & Networking


Meet the Experts

Engage in one-to-one discussions with senior IDC analysts on the next wave of industry trends, the latest country market developments, and IDC's upcoming research focus


Close of Event


General Information

Date and Time

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

09.30am to 04.00pm




Attendance to this event is restricted by invitation only.


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