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IDC Government Congress 2023

The Emergence of a New Government Ecosystem


Governments worldwide are progressively embracing the service standards set by the private sector. They are optimizing their processes, breaking down barriers, and harnessing innovative technologies and innovations to safeguard, maintain, and elevate societal wellbeing and quality of life. At the same time, Saudi Arabia has been actively channeling substantial investments into its ICT sector as part of its strategic drive to position itself as a leading tech player in the region and achieve its long-term economic objectives. Government sector IT spending in the Kingdom is expected to grow at a five-year CAGR of 9%, with investments in AI, IoT, cybersecurity, and big data analytics set to top $574 million in 2023 alone.


The Kingdom has crafted an ICT strategy that serves as a crucial stepping stone toward realizing the broader ambitions of Saudi Vision 2030. Among the primary objectives of the strategy is the continuous development of the ICT sector so it can become a major contributor to the Kingdom's GDP. To accomplish this, the Saudi government is making substantial investments in digital infrastructure, fostering an environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship, and enhancing the skill sets of the domestic workforce. The government is also actively working to attract foreign investment into the ICT sector, while forging partnerships with leading global technology firms.


By design, these partnerships and customer ecosystems are open, dynamic, and collaborative to accommodate the evolving needs of the disruptive emerging technology market. Given the exceptionally large scale and transformational nature of Saudi Arabia's government initiatives, managing these ecosystems toward the same goals based on a common vision and operating model has become incredibly important.  


The 2023 edition of the IDC Government Congress will showcase invaluable insights from respected industry experts and key decision makers from across Saudi Arabia's public sector as they discuss the requirements for driving the long-term success of large-scale, transformational initiatives enabled by ecosystems of partners, data, and experiences.



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Monday December 11, 2023

Registration & Networking


IDC Welcome Address


IDC Keynote: The Emergence of a New Public Sector Ecosystem


Harnessing the Cloud for the Government’s Digital Evolution


Sustainable Leadership in the Future Digital Economy


Tech-Driven: A Paradigm Shift in Endowments Governance


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


Track Session (Parallel Sessions)


Mega Raffle - Win a ticket to the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix


Lunch & Networking


End of Conference

Mega Raffle

Transform your dreams into reality by securing a ticket to The 2024 Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix


Hamza Naqshbandi

Associate Vice President, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Mouteih Chaghlil

CEO (Middle East & Africa), Bespin Global

Ziad Alghamdi

Regional Director – Public Sector (Saudi Arabia), Cisco

Hussam Aljassim

General Manager of IT, General Authority for Awqaf

Uzair Mujtaba

Senior Research Manager, IDC

Jawad Khalil

Senior Research Manager, Telecoms KSA, IDC

Raed Ahsan

Youngest Ethical Hacker in Saudi Arabia

Jessica Constantinidis

Field Innovation Officer EMEA – Strategy Office, ServiceNow

Nour Fateen

Director, Sales Engineering, Recorded Future

Joe Bailis

Head of Digital Transformation, Saudi Xerox

Arsalan Minhas

Associate Vice President, Sales Engineering, Hyland

Joseph Ibrahim

Territory Sales Manager, Qlik

Professor Mohammad Nurunnabi

Director, Center for Sustainability and Climate

Alanood A. Alrabiah

General Manager of Digital Transformation Enablement, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology

Sultan Alotaibi

Director of Application Governance Department, Ministry of Justice (MOJ)

Eng. Mshari AlShehri

Director of Technology Executive Support, Ministry of Tourism

Mohammad Hakmi

Solutions Lead, Ministry of Justice

Abdullah Dabil

Head of IT, Kafalah SME Loan Guarantee Program

Dr. Duaa Abaoud

Advisor, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing

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VOCO Riyadh Hotel
Opposite of Ministry of Interior, King Fahd Rd

Knowledge Hub

Analyst Spotlight
On-Premises vs. Cloud in the AI Era

Joseph Ibrahim,
Territory Sales Manager, Qlik

IDC research shows that 40% of organizations in Saudi Arabia are already using AI and another 47% plan to start in the next 12–18 months. With the demands that AI puts on an organization's resources, it is time for a fresh look at on-premises versus cloud computing. 

Analyst Spotlight
On-Premises vs. Cloud in the AI Era

Joseph Ibrahim,
Territory Sales Manager, Qlik

IDC research shows that 40% of organizations in Saudi Arabia are already using AI and another 47% plan to start in the next 12–18 months. With the demands that AI puts on an organization's resources, it is time for a fresh look at on-premises versus cloud computing.

On-Premises Computing: Hosting onsite, using servers that your organization owns and controls, remains the gold standard for data privacy and control. But the space and technical skills needed to house and maintain on-premises servers can be expensive, and scalability is tough to achieve.

Cloud Computing: Hosting on remote, third-party servers has its own strengths over on-premises, especially when it comes to the scalability and reliability needed for AI applications. Cost is typically lower, performance and security are superior — and Google Cloud has just established a Center of Excellence in Saudi Arabia.

For organizations looking to leverage AI, it may be time to consider a hybrid-cloud trial. This approach preserves the benefits of and investment in existing on-premises technology while realizing the cloud's cost and scalability advantages. AI is expected to play a significant role in Saudi Arabia's future economy — with IDC projecting a contribution of $135.2 billion for 2030 — so the time to adjust course is now.

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