IDC Government Congress The Kingdom's Transition to a Digitally Enabled Smart Government

DIGITAL Event | December 7, 2020


With the giant leaps Saudi Arabia is taking in its drive towards digitization, the IDC Government Congress is back for yet another dynamic edition, showcasing the country’s innovative digital transformation (DX) journey, embodied in its National Transformation Program (NTP).

This event will highlight the NTP’s strategic implementation of 3rd Platform technologies in multiple areas across the Kingdom, driving the country towards a future characterized by a stronger national identity, an improved citizen experience, a more diverse economy, an enhanced government, and heightened social responsibility.

As the Kingdom rapidly approaches the business end of government transformation, join us for an in-depth look at the strategies being developed, fine-tuned, and executed to catapult Saudi Arabia into the future.

The IDC Government Congress will host key executives, government leaders, senior IDC thought leaders, and DX experts from across the region. Combining informative panel discussions, robust case studies, and essential insights from influential industry leaders, this event offers an ideal platform for providing expert guidance on what lies ahead for Saudi Arabia as it steps up its digital ambitions.






Time Event & Speakers

Networking & Platform Familiarization


Welcome Address

Hamza Naqshbandi

Regional Director (Saudi Arabia & Bahrain), IDC

IDC Keynote: The New ETHIC of Public Service

Massimiliano Claps

Research Director, IDC Government Insights
Governments globally are under ever-increasing pressure to bring together citizen-centricity and operational effectiveness. Public sector leaders must make a new ETHIC of public services - Efficient, Trusted, Highly-Responsive, Inclusive, Convenient – the reality. And the COVID emergency has accelerated the transformation. Social distancing measures made digital government services the rule, rather a complement to face-to-face interactions. It catapulted civil servants in the future of remote, flexible working arrangements. And it prompted the government to roll-out urgent public health and economic recovery measures that must be quickly translated into new services.

Government executives, who are committed to innovate public services to make them accessible, understandable, personalized and secure, are embracing the next wave of digital government. They are going above and beyond making e-government services available for citizens. They are transforming front, middle and back office workflows to re-imagine citizen service delivery.

During the course of this presentation, IDC will highlight lessons learned from government globally that are embracing the next normal of ETHIC public services


Scale when People Need you the Most

Mark Hosking

Head of Emerging Technology Sales (CEMEA), Red Hat

Our world transformed overnight. It is paramount that essential apps and services like unemployment insurance, healthcare IT, relief efforts, and more scale to meet demand in these unprecedented times. Red Hat is here to help. Our technologies allow federal, state, and local agencies to be more responsive to crises while maintaining the security, privacy, and stability of their systems.

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Public Sector Alignment with Digitization Strategies

Mohammad Wahba

Systems Engineering Manager (Saudi Arabia), Nutanix

Digitizing the government & public sector has been always a direction and strategy that went to execution over several phases, keeping the fact that the new era we’re approaching and the experiences we’ve been seeing with respect to readiness, challenges as well as the culture itself is always something that we should learn from. In this session, we’d be describing the key challenges and how can Nutanix help in your digitization strategy along with technical and financial analysis for the execution strategy

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Building A Digital Command Center

Feras Alhussain

Enterprise Sales Manager, KSA, Riverbed Technology Ltd
This session will take you through a journey on how to transition from a traditional NOC-monitoring framework to a proactive performance, visibility & security powered Digital Command Center. With the Command Center approach, public sector organizations can greatly enhance End User Citizen experience and Network Resilience of their infrastructure.

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Bringing Smart Government Closer to its Citizens

Patrick Grillo

Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Fortinet

Regardless if it’s called Smart Government or e-Government, the objective is for government to better serve its citizens. Key to that is bringing services closer to them and making them easier to use through a secure and robust IT infrastructure.

This session will focus on how to equip and secure the government’s extended network, enabling e-Government through the Kingdom.


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The Government Digital Revolution: Adapting to change

Nizar Altoraif

Technical Cloud Architect, Public sector & Healthcare, Oracle

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The Next Phase of Evolution in Managing Risk and Cyber Resilience

Mohamed Saif Assaf

Senior Consultant Presales, Dell Technologies

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The Importance of Digitization in vision 2030

Loay Labani

Head of Country Digitization, Cisco

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Data and AI powered Government Modernization

Greg Hanson

VP Sales Specialists (EMEA & LATAM), Informatica

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Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

Ali Salem

Systems Engineering Manager, BTC Networks

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Panel Discussion: Effective Business Outcomes Using a Cloud-Driven Platform Approach

Uzair Mujtaba

Program Manager — IDC Saudi Arabia

Rodrigo Castelo

Vice President (MEA), OutSystems

Eng. Motref AlSahli

CIO, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT)

Hany Almansour

GM Information Technology, General Authority of Awqaf

Cloud computing has transformed the way companies leverage technology to drive business outcomes. However, maintaining a robust approach to safeguarding and accessing sensitive regulated data is also becoming a critical factor. Hybrid cloud models are able to bring the best of both worlds while permitting different business outcomes and unlocking new business models. Join this panel discussion to discover how a siloed approach to driving business outcomes can be consolidated using a cloud-based platform approach while raising the levels of efficiency in your organization

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Artificial Intelligence for Intelligent & Predictive Security

Uzair Mujtaba

Program Manager — IDC Saudi Arabia

Osama Dogorshom

Solutions Consultant (KSANA), F5

Khalid Alfaheid

CISO, Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA)

The changing face of technology — brought about by the rise of digital transformation — has shown that no organizations are immune to cyberattacks, leading to the evolution of software-defined security and the AI-based automation of security. This session will explore challenges arising from ever-evolving digital innovation and explain how artificial intelligence and machine learning, together with RPA-led automation, are essential in making security predictive.

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Panel Discussion: Business Continuity Driving Adoption of Cloud-Based Backup & Disaster Recovery Services

Jawad Khalil

Program Manager, Telecoms KSA, IDC

Mohammed Al Tamimi,

Regional Director (MENA & Turkey), Rubrik

Dr. Waleed Al Fehaid

Government Entity

The global COVID-19 pandemic has stalled economic growth around the world and debilitated businesses across all industries. It has immobilized their staff, leading to a surge in remote working — and in some cases, the infrastructure that organizations rely on has been inadequate for this new reality. However, the greatest challenge has been the need to ensure business continuity by facilitating data availability, employee engagement, and business operations in such extraordinary times. Organizations that have already adopted cloud are reaping the benefits in this regard. So, join this session to discover how cloud-based services are enabling business continuity and providing the stability that business operations require in these challenging times.

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Networking & Gamification


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General Information









Monday, December 7, 2020





11:00 AM (KSA Time)






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


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