IDC CIO Summit Agenda

The IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022 features a tailored agenda filled with handpicked topics, discussions, panel sessions, and keynote presentations from regional and global technology experts that will explore all of today's hottest ICT issues.

The 2022 edition will be hosted as both a physical event on Days 1 & 2 (February 22 - 23) and as a digital event on Day 3 (February 24). Here's what you can expect:


Time Event & Speakers

IN-PERSON EVENT AGENDA (Al Samaya Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre)

8:30

Registration & Networking

8:45

Welcome Address

Jyoti Lalchandani

Group Vice President & Regional Managing Director (META), IDC
8:55

Opening Keynote

H.E. Wesam Lootah

Chief Executive Officer, Smart Dubai Government, Digital Dubai (UAE)
9:05

IDC Keynote: Innovating in a Digital-First World

Steven Frantzen

Senior Vice President (EMEA) & Managing Director (CEMA), IDC

As organizations strive to recover from the uncertainty wrought by the pandemic, they are taking a digital-first approach to build resilience into their operations. The journey to the future digital enterprise has accelerated, driven by significant investments in new customer experiences, new digital ecosystem business models, digital supply chains, and Future of Work initiatives. All of this must be supported by resilient cloud-enabled digital infrastructure and applications, rapid app development, digital platforms, data-driven and AI-enabled intelligence, and security and trust. Strong leadership, an appetite for innovation, and a sound strategy for addressing regulations will all be key to driving the digital agenda. 

9:30

Achieving Digital Resiliency in a Changing World

Cherif Morcos

Vice President of Digital Business Solutions, GBM

Hani Nofal

Vice President of Digital Infrastructure Solutions, GBM
Responding to swift market changes and making the necessary adjustments at the leadership and operation levels are crucial elements in achieving business resiliency. In the constantly changing world filled with challenges, digital resiliency will be critical for organizations transitioning to the ‘Next Normal.’ Accordingly, this session will show how the adoption of secure cloud strategies will help instill a culture of innovation and continuous transformation, allowing organizations to fully capitalize on the massive surge in digital opportunities. This session will also highlight why digitally resilient organizations need to embrace digital trust by putting security at the heart of the conversation. Working in line with government regulators and technology/service providers, organizations will have the strength and agility to respond to security threats while protecting the digital assets generated by their customers, employees, and partners.

9:50

Building Future-Ready Enterprises with Next-Generation Intelligent Infrastructure Platforms

Ram Ramachandran

Senior Vice President (MEA), Tech Mahindra

Enterprises are undergoing an accelerated transformational journey in the post-pandemic world, with technology playing an increasingly pivotal role in their bid to emerge as future-ready resilient organizations. Digital infrastructure platforms, though invisible to users, are the bedrock for enabling this transformation. To drive business outcomes, organizations need to deploy new-age intelligent infrastructure platforms.

10:05

Pop Corn Break

10:07

Leveraging Digital to Anticipate Customer Demand in the New Economy

Advances in technology are reshaping competition and value creation in every industry. Customer demand is shifting faster than many organizations can react, and as companies consider their operating paradigms for the future, formulas for past success often matter less than they ever have. How should digital leaders approach this challenge in 2021?

10:22

The Future of Industry Ecosystems

Roman Spitzbart

Vice President of Sales Engineering, Dynatrace
The movement to new industry ecosystem models is happening now. The platform-sharing economy was the first step toward this open way of working with partners across multiple industries. Industry ecosystems are critical for success in the digitally transformed, disrupted world we live in today because the complexity of products, supply chains, digital experiences, and changing market and consumer needs are too great for any one organization to address on its own.

10:37

Advancing the Digital Enterprise with Unified Visibility and Actionable Insights for a Seamless Digital Experience

Brad Wood

SVP Global Customer Experience, Riverbed Aternity

Transformational shifts to hybrid work, hybrid networks, and distributed, multi-cloud applications make it difficult for IT to keep digital services accessible, high-performing, and secure for all end users. IT lacks visibility and control over complex digital ecosystems that generate massive volumes of data and alerts across numerous siloed monitoring tools. This presentation highlights how actionable insights and performance solutions can inform, accelerate, and protect the digital enterprise. A unified observability solution can capture every business activity and transaction across the network and application service without sampling and transform full-fidelity telemetry into actionable insights for a seamless digital experience.

10:52

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

10:57

Leveraging Digital to Anticipate Customer Demand in the New Economy

Ahmed Hamdan

Co-Founder & CEO, Unifonic
11:12

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

11:17

Healthy Bites Break

11:22

Reprioritizing Security Risks for the Digital Enterprise

Sumanta Roy

Vice President & Regional Head, Middle East, Africa, and Mediterranean, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Managing the collaboration and security of a distributed workforce, fast-tracked cloud adoption, and demand for more applications has pushed organizations to reprioritize their security risks and investments. How has the landscape changed and what are the risks reshaping the security stance for future enterprises?

11:37

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

11:42

Intelligent Lessons for Digital Resiliency: Temporary Is the New Permanent

Enough has been said about the impact of the pandemic on organizations. With temporary becoming the new permanent, it is important to understand the lessons of the past to thrive in the 'Next Normal'. Crucially, this will mandate organizations to swiftly adapt to both incremental and extreme change, ultimately requiring digital resiliency.

11:57

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

12:02

Tea / Coffee & Networking Break (Please visit our 'NO SHOPTALK' zones)

12:30

Best Practice Session (Parallel Sessions)

Best Practice Session A
From Secure to Trusted: A Journey to Digital Leadership

12:30 - 12:35

Wellness Session

12:35 - 12:40

IDC Overview

Hamza Naqshbandi

Associate Vice President (Saudi Arabia & Bahrain), IDC
12:40 - 12:50

Secure Your Supply Chain with Better Data

12:50 - 12:55

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

12:55 - 13:05

Security Automation for the Digital Journey

Hadi Jaafarawi

Managing Director, Qualys
13:05 - 13:10

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:10 - 13:20

Five Reasons Why Software Security Is More Critical Than Ever

Shabir Bhat

Regional Sales Director, Checkmarx
13:20 - 13:25

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:25 - 13:35

Addressing the Massive Security Blind Spot

Desiree Lee

Chief Technology Officer, Armis
13:35 - 13:40

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:40 - 14:10

Panel Discussion: Vendor Selection and Management: Best Practices and What to Look Out For

Ahmad Ali Al Emadi

Director-IT Operations, and Cyber Security, Nakheel PJSC

Ali Juma Al Ajame

Director of Digital Health Department, Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) (UAE)

George Eapen

Group CIO, Petrofac

Best Practice Session B
Cloud Computing: The Springboard for Digital Transformation

12:30 - 12:35

Wellness Session

12:35 - 12:40

IDC Overview

Ranjit Rajan

Vice President, Research (META), IDC
12:40 - 12:50

Multicloud Data Integration with Data Virtualization

Dr. Alexey Sidorov

Data Management Director and Chief Evangelist, Denodo
12:50 - 12:55

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

12:55 - 13:05

Utilizing Cloud-Native Approaches to Operate Hundreds of Distributed Edge Devices and Multicloud MLOps

David Jungmann

VP & Co-founder, Wizards
13:05 - 13:10

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:10 - 13:20

Implementing a Digitally Driven Road Map for the Successful Deployment of Hybrid Cloud

13:20 - 13:25

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:25 - 13:35

Digital Transformation Strategies in the New Era

13:35 - 13:40

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:40 - 14:10

Panel Discussion: Alignment, Collaboration, and Co-Innovation with Lines of Business

Bassam Rached

Director of Digital Business Solutions, GBM

Tareque Choudhury

Vice President, Technology Risk & Enterprise Architecture, Dubai Airports (UAE)

Fuad Al Ansari

Vice President of IT & Support Services Division, Al Dhafra Petroleum (ADNOC) (UAE)

Frederik Bisbjerg

Executive Director, Digital and Innovation, National Health Insurance Company - Daman (UAE)

Best Practice Session C
The Future of Work and the Long-Term Implications of a Distributed Work Environment

12:30 - 12:35

Wellness Session

12:35 - 12:40

IDC Overview

Nagia El-Emary

Country Director (Egypt) & Senior Consultant (MEA), IDC
12:40 - 12:50

Navigating the New Era with a Future-of-Work Strategy

12:50 - 12:55

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

12:55 - 13:05

A Human-First and Purpose-Driven Future-of-Work Strategy

Mark Ackerman

Area Vice President, ServiceNow
13:05 - 13:10

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:10 - 13:20

Creating New Business Value with Augmented Employees

13:20 - 13:25

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:25 - 13:35

Digital Leadership in digital era

13:35 - 13:40

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

13:40 - 14:10

Panel Discussion: Talent Development and the Demand for New Skills: How Do You Optimally Structure Your Team?

Ahmad M. Almulla

Former EVP, Corporate Services, Emirates Global Aluminium (UAE)

Dr. Moza Suwaidan

Director Strategy & Innovation Department /Director General Consultant, Smart Dubai Government, Digital Dubai (UAE)

Mohamed Sabah Al Khalaf

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Dubai Holding

Hammad Sharif

CIO & Head of Data, Procter & Gamble (UAE)

Ghinwa Baradhi

Chief Information Officer MENAT, HSBC Bank (UAE)
14:10

Lunch & Networking Break (Please visit our 'NO SHOPTALK' zones)

15:05

Technology Focus Group Sessions - Begin with Welcome Back Raffle (Smart TV & 1 Night Stay at Caesar’s Palace Hotel) (Parallel Sessions)

Technology Focus Group 1
Cloud-Native App Transformation for Customer and Operational Excellence
13:20 - 13:30
15:05 - 15:06

IDC Overview

15:06 - 15:10

Welcome Back Raffle ( Smart TV & 1 Night Stay at Caesar’s Palace Hotel)

15:10 - 15:20

Achieve Faster Economic Rebuild without having to Rip Out Legacy Software

15:20 - 15:25

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:25 - 15:35

The Speed, Efficiency, and Practicality of Containers in Running Cloud-Native Applications

15:35 - 15:40

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:40 - 15:50

Thriving in a Cloud Wave

15:50 - 15:55

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:55 - 16:00

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:55 - 16:00
Technology Focus Group 2
The Expanding Scope of Digital Trust: Securing the Workforce, Customers, Supply Chains, and Applications
15:05 - 15:06

IDC Overview

15:06 - 15:10

Welcome Back Raffle ( Smart TV & 1 Night Stay at Caesar’s Palace Hotel)

15:10 - 15:20
15:20 - 15:25

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:25 - 15:35

Reducing Security Complexity: Unifying Ecosystem and Platform Frameworks

15:35 - 15:40

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:40 - 15:50

Security and Digital Trust: Models for the Hybrid & Multi-Cloud Era

15:50 - 15:55

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:55 - 16:00

Remote Worker Security: Perception Versus Reality

16:00 - 16:05

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

Technology Focus Group 3
Building Hybrid Clouds for the Digital Era
15:05 - 15:06

IDC Overview

15:06 - 15:10

Welcome Back Raffle ( Smart TV & 1 Night Stay at Caesar’s Palace Hotel)

15:10 - 15:20

Next-Gen Cloud Data Innovation in Middle East

15:20 - 15:25

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:25 - 15:35

Getting the Highest ROI from your SD-WAN Edge Platform

15:35 - 15:40

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:40 - 15:50

Thriving in a Cloud Wave

15:50 - 15:55

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:55 - 16:05

Hybrid Data Management Across Multiple Clouds

16:00 - 16:05

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

Technology Focus Group 4
The Convergence of 5G, IoT, and Edge: Preparing for a Digital Quantum Leap
15:05 - 15:06

IDC Overview

15:06 - 15:10

Welcome Back Raffle ( Smart TV & 1 Night Stay at Caesar’s Palace Hotel)

15:10 - 15:20

Next-Gen Cloud Data Innovation in Middle East

15:20 - 15:25

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:25 - 15:35

Edge Computing: Not All Edges Are Created Equal

15:35 - 15:40

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:40 - 15:50

The Technology Value Chain in a 5G Era

15:50 - 15:55

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

15:55 - 16:00

Next-Generation IoT for a Sustainable Future

16:00 - 16:05

Q&A (Ask questions and stand a chance to win)

16:05

Mega Raffle (Dinner & Spa Voucher For a Couple and 60" Smart TV)

Summary & Close of Summit Day 1

Contact Us

Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

+971 4 391 2747

Taher Hamdan

Senior Sales Manager, Conferences, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa

+971506591320

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