IDC IT Forum 2019

Future Innovation Accelerators

Dubai, November 11, 2019


Multiplied innovation represents the next chapter of the digital transformation journey, and the new imperative is to keep pace with the unprecedented rate of business change while increasing the speed of business operations, the speed at which changes are delivered, and the speed and scale of innovation. The forces of multiplied innovation are powering up, and we are seeing an explosion in digital innovation platforms and ecosystems to facilitate this transformation.

Developing an effective digital transformation platform that can sustain, advance, and scale business operations may be the most important task facing the region’s decision makers over the next few years. Many future applications will be developed by AIs without human supervision, and beyond that, augmented humanity – the fusion of digital technologies and humans – for improved mobility, sensing, and cognition will start to become routine.

As a result, the future workplace will become far more collaborative. However, while new technologies are transforming key aspects of the modern business, legacy systems are holding others back, limiting innovation, opportunity, and engagement. Indeed, end-user organizations from every sector are now facing up to the challenge of having to balance traditional systems and next-generation technologies.


Time Event & Speakers

Registration, Tea/Coffee & Networking


Early Bird Raffle -First 100 Attendees


Welcome Address

Victoria Mendes
Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Infrastructure, META



Innovation Accelerators: Enabling the Future Enterprise

Manish Ranjan
Program Manager, Software, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

Organizations are rethinking digital transformation. After some high-profile failures, elusive ROIs, and innovation being treated as a sideshow, organizations are reshaping their digital visions and their tactics for getting there. With greater clarity about what the future enterprise will look like and what it will take to compete in redefined industries, companies are pivoting away from "digital for the sake of innovation" to "digital for the sake of the business". This presentation will explain how the time has come for a laser focus on applying digital technologies to address the future of work, customer engagement, intelligence, operations, and leadership



Accelerating Digital Transformation: Cut Your App Development Time in Half

Rodrigo Castelo
Vice President - Middle East & Africa, Outsystems

In the digital era, it’s the fastest who survive—the fastest and those who deliver the best experiences. But how can you lead the digital race when you have to deal with a growing backlog and legacy debt, and all with fewer technical resources? In this session, you’ll learn how industry innovators are upending old technology practices and how you can do the same.


Q & A


Intelligent process automation - Delivering more for less

Syed Ashar Ahmad
Senior Manager, Enterprise Applications, Emaar

A view on evolving from basic business process management to Intelligent automation journeys with select cases/journeys across property malls, hospitality and retail



Panel Discussion: Next Generation Automation using AI and Robotics
Chaired By Ranjit Rajan,Associate Vice President Research(META),IDC

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President, Research (META), IDC
Ali Juma Al Ajame
Director of Health Information Systems - Ministry of Health and Prevention
Mohamed Roshdy
CIO, Dubai Assest Management
Binoo Joseph
CIO, Emaar
Haroun Khwaja
Senior Associate Technnology, Media & Telecommunications,Al Tamimi & Company
Jayakumar Mohanachandran
Head of IT, Precision Group

Artificial intelligence, analytics, machine learning ... it's all powered by data. In this world of exponentially growing digital experience touch points, data is being generated that is faster, bigger, and more complex than ever. As the intelligence moves to the edge and AI-enabled experiences become the norm for interfaces, we will have to be prepared with a solid understanding of what's possible now and in the future. We especially need to properly consider the ethical and potentially societal changing ramifications of future AI development. How do we create the right levels of oversight that can protect us but also not stifle critical innovation? How do we properly consider data in its raw form and build solutions that protect customer values throughout the stack? And finally, what roles do governments, suppliers, researchers, and the public play by working together? Only by understanding the ethical, epistemological, personal, and legal aspects of the data can we hope to empower a future of trusted AI.



Tea/Coffee Break & Networking


Raffle Draw - Apple Airpods

11:35 - 12:45 Session 1: The IoT Journey: Where Do You Actually Start?
Chaired by Krishna Chinta, Program Manager, Telecommunications and IoT, IDC


IDC Overview

Krishna Chinta
Program Manager, Telecommunications and IoT, IDC Middle East and Africa

Every organization is at a different stage of their IoT journey, and many firms get caught up in the hype of the futuristic things that IoT can potentially deliver. But the question remains: how can organizations truly harness the IT ecosystem to derive business value from IoT today? If organizations are to derive concrete value from IoT, they need to move away from betting on futuristic and hypothetical solutions and focus on pragmatic use cases that can produce immediate results. Their focus should initially be on analyzing specific challenges, after which they can concentrate on designing solutions that overcome those problems. This session will show that by focusing on a problem, rather than a use case, companies can create far greater opportunities for their businesses, moving beyond their traditional verticals and embracing new revenue streams


Enabling Disruptive Technologies

Mustafa Raza
Technology Evangelist, Gulf Bridge International

Smart Building Infrastructure

Feras Hani
Enterprise Solutions Architect, CommScope

Panel Discussion

Krishna Chinta
Program Manager, Telecommunications and IoT, IDC Middle East and Africa
Mustafa Raza
Technology Evangelist, Gulf Bridge International
Feras Hani
Enterprise Solutions Architect, CommScope

Panel Discussion: Building a Smarter Future with the Internet of Things: Connected, Intelligent, Pervasive

Krishna Chinta
Program Manager, Telecommunications and IoT, IDC Middle East and Africa
Jonathan Richards
Head of Product ,
Manish Sharma
Group Financial Controller ,Oasis Investments
Rohit Jayakaran
Director - Digital Marketing ,Dubai Parks & Resorts

12:45 - 13:40 Session 2- Security Strategies in the Era of Multiple Innovation
Charied by Ranjit Rajan,Associate Vice President Research(META),IDC


Rethinking Cybersecurity in the Digital Era: Digital Trust

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President, Research (META), IDC

Synopsis: The shift to digital at both the front end, middle office, and back office multiplies the risks and potential entry points for intrusions, as well as leaks with regards to customer data. Upgrading security has become a major concern for all companies in the digital age. Companies have continued to evolve their security and privacy infrastructures by using a variety of technologies and techniques including data-enhanced identity management in areas such as Know Your Client, fraud detection and prevention, and cyberthreat detection and prevention. Join this session to learn more about building digital trust


Recovering Confidently from Cyber Attacks

Anil Titus
Regional Manager -Sales Engineering, Commvault, Commvault

Case Study(IDC Invited)

Mahmoud Yassin
AVP, Head of Information Security United Arab Bank

Panel Disucssion:Rethinking Cybersecurity in the Digital Era: Digital Trust

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President, Research (META), IDC
Mahmoud Yassin
AVP, Head of Information Security United Arab Bank
Mohammad Khaled
Government Entity
Rajendra Nath Srivastava
Head of IT, IFFCO Group
Anil Titus
Regional Manager -Sales Engineering, Commvault, Commvault

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Lunch & Networking


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