IDC CIO Summit Agenda

The event's dynamic agenda will take you through a series of presentations, panel discussions, real-life use cases, and dedicated industry tracks, giving you a bird's eye view of the current market situation, the latest technological innovations, and strategies for propelling your organization to meet the unique challenges of these unprecedented times.

Time Event & Speakers

Networking & Platform Familiarization


Saudi Data & Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) Keynote

Dr. Mishari Almishari

Deputy Director, National Information Center (NIC) & CEO of the Strategy Management Office, Saudi Data & AI Authority (SDAIA)

Ministry of Human Resource & Social Development (HRSD) Keynote

Mohammed Almogherah

Deputy CIO, Ministry of Human Resource & Social Development (HRSD)

Welcome Address

Hamza Naqshbandi

Associate Vice President, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Digital Resiliency: Navigating through the Winds of Change

Meredith Whalen

Chief Research Officer, IDC

Walking the Path to Modernization | The Road We Take Together

Saif Mashat

Country Director Saudi Arabia, VMware

Business applications have never been more essential to our customers, defining customer engagement, market opportunities and workforce services. For every CIO, modernizing this application portfolio, leveraging the cloud, is their top priority. At the same time, the nature of work has dramatically shifted, forcing companies to reimagine what workspaces are. The CIO's app and cloud modernization journey, along with enabling their teams to accelerate this journey from virtually anywhere, have become key drivers of new capabilities and business value throughout the enterprise

Join VMware to explore the latest application modernization and Multi Cloud trends and present best practices for CIOs as they strive to develop effective strategies and roadmaps.



Leading Your Organization into the Digital Future

Phil Andrews

Vice President and General Manager (Asia CEMEA), Red Hat
Regardless of the industry, technology is causing severe disruption, bringing about a new way of doing things. It has become a fact that those who do not keep up will be left behind. Today, organizations are looking to accelerate their digital capabilities. Yet, this evolution involves a number of moving parts including architecture, culture, and processes. Join this session to learn more on the strategies used by IT leaders to transform into digital first organizations.

Unleash the Power of Your Data

Martin Green

Regional Vice President, Enterprise Customers (Middle East), Salesforce

As the Global leader in Customer Relationship Management, Salesforce has been working with companies in Saudi Arabia for over 10 years to help drive a great customer experience through the power of their data. This presentation will focus on some of the key areas in which Salesforce helps enable customers in the Kingdom integrate, analyse and extract value to provide a superior Customer Experience


Enterprise-Ready Cloud by Design to Accelerate the Digital Transformation Journey

Gérôme de Gea

Director of Cloud Strategy and OCI Center of Excellence (EMEA), Oracle

Moving workloads to the cloud provides enterprises with better agility, greater global accessibility, and higher performance and scalability. As cloud services mature, organizations continue to increase the scope of the workloads being migrated to the public cloud, including popular enterprise application and database workloads as well as custom and independent software vendor application workloads. However, migrating enterprise workloads can be ominous despite the many benefits of the public cloud. This presentation will examine how organizations should address six key challenges underpinning a successful digital transformation – security, availability, data sovereignty, cost optimization, automation and governance


Composable Experiences for Everything

Maher Adi

Sales Director – Digital Engagement Solutions (KSA), Avaya


Best Practice Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

Multi-Cloud Strategies Enabling Digital Business Performance and Automation
11:10 - 11:25

IDC Overview

11:25 - 11:35

Leading in Hybrid Cloud, IBM

11:35 - 12:10

Empower Your People and Boost Business Performance with AI-Powered Automation, IBM

12:10 - 12:40

Fireside Chat: Multi-Cloud Strategies Enabling Digital Business Performance and Automation

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Skills are Key in the New Reality
11:10 - 11:25

IDC Overview

11:25 - 11:40

Maximizing Business ROI with Automation, Blue Prism

11:40 - 11:55

Applying Artificial Intelligence to the Incident Response, Fortinet

11:55 - 12:10

Forgot About RPA in The Contact Center?

12:10 - 12:40

Fireside Chat: Making Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Real

The New Normal Requires Zero-Trust Security
11:10 - 11:25

IDC Overview

11:25 - 11:40

Zero Trust, Trend Micro

11:40 - 11:55

Security Zero Trust Architecture for the Workforce, Workplace and Workload, Cisco

11:55 - 12:40

Fireside Chat: CyberSecurity Requires Multidisciplinary Diverse Thinking to Problem Solving

Being Ready for What’s Next
11:10 - 11:25

IDC Overview

11:25 - 11:40

Financial Institutions in Vision 2030 & the Role of Automation, Nintex

11:40 - 11:55

Accelerating Data Driven Transformation, NetApp

11:55 - 12:10

Make Your Business Cyber Resilient, DELL Technologies

12:10 - 12:40

Fireside Chat: Preparing for the Next Wave of Digital Healthcare in Saudi Arabia


Technology Focus Group Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

Next-Generation Security & Resilience
12:40 - 12:55

The Battle of Algorithms: How AI is Beating AI at its Own Game, Darktrace

12:55 - 13:10

Working Together is Always Better BUT not to Commit Cyber Crimes: Discussion on the Role of Contractors in the Cyber Threat Landscape, FireEye Mandiant

13:10 - 13:25

See, Secure & Unify your OT/IOT Environment, Nozomi Networks

Boosting Software-Driven Digital Innovation Using Agile DevOps
12:40 - 12:55

The Future Is Now With Hyper Vision, MicroStrategy

12:55 - 13:10

Data 3.0 – The Path to Unified Predictive Analytics, Incorta

13:10 - 13:25

ERP in Digitalization Context

Building Hybrid Clouds for the Digital Era
12:40 - 12:55

Unleash your Data in your Modern Datacenter and MultiCloud, Veeam

12:55 - 13:10

Digital Transformation, Rackspace Technology

13:10 - 13:25

Cloud Data Management for SaaS, On Prem and Hybrid Environments, Commvault

The Future of Work: Adapting Your Workplace to the Evolution of People, Processes, and Systems
12:40 - 12:55

Re-imagine the Future of Work, Zoho Corporation

12:55 - 13:25

Fireside Chat: Giga Projects - The Next Frontier of Saudi Arabia’s Transformation

Sustaining Business Continuity
12:40 - 12:55

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in a Security Paradigm Change: Why Prevention Is Always Better than Cure, BlackBerry

12:55 - 13:10

PKI Harmonization: Best practices to Gain Control, Transparency, and Security Across your Entire Organization, DigiCert

13:10 - 13:25

Zero-Trust Architectures: Guaranteeing Efficient Security in the New Reality


Networking & Gamification

(Visit Partner Booths, Download Resources and Stand a Chance to Top the Scoreboard to win Exciting prizes!)


IDC Excellence Awards


Networking & Gamification

(Visit Partner Booths, Download Resources and Stand a Chance to Top the Scoreboard to win Exciting prizes!)


Close of Summit

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