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IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2024

The Future of IT: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI Everywhere World

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Future of IT: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI Everywhere World


Over the past few years, rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have begun to accelerate and reshape the digital journey. The emergence of generative AI (GenAI) has accelerated AI adoption, and many leading organizations are already exploring and investing in GenAI use cases. 

IDC believes that organizations need to be ready for an "AI Everywhere" world in the future. We forecast that, worldwide, annual spending on AI-centric systems will surpass $300 billion by 2026.

Today, the heat is on! In the era of GenAI-driven disruption, technology leaders are reassessing their approach to AI's pivotal role in the digitalization landscape. The transformative power of AI to significantly enhance digital innovation, customer experiences, operational efficiencies, and sustainability is propelling forward-thinking governments and digitally driven organizations toward an "AI Everywhere" mindset — making it a tech agenda priority to maintain competitive parity with early adopters.

As a result, today’s IT leaders increasingly find themselves in multidimensional, strategic, and collaborative roles, where reporting structures and mandates have evolved, elevating their prominence and expanding their responsibilities. With AI becoming increasingly embedded in services, products, and experiences, the technology is set to become intertwined with the lives of employees, customers, partners, and society at large. Indeed, AI will be everywhere — underpinning performance, growth, engagement, satisfaction, safety, security, governance, privacy, sustainability, ethics, wellbeing, payments, and more.

CIOs and IT leaders need to work on the readiness of their organizations for an "AI Everywhere" future. This will require a focus on key enabling elements such as building a data-centric platform, migrating to cloud infrastructure, governing cloud economics, redefining security and digital trust, and investing in skills.

The IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2024 will provide an essential platform for empowering IT leaders. It will help them to better understand their new roles in today's AI-infused landscape and serve up expert guidance on achieving success while crafting innovative solutions for current and emerging challenges. Join us as we discuss a multitude of hot topics, trends, and challenges, providing technology leaders with the critical insights they require to adapt to shifting business landscapes, forge new business models, and scale massively in today’s dynamic digital economy.

Why Attend?

New Perspectives
Assess the progress of your team or your organization's growth while discovering what to do to correct common mistakes.

Professional Development
Learn new leadership skills that will set you apart and help you to advance in your career.

Peer-to-Peer Insights
Participate in immersive networking exercises and engage with your fellow leaders over lunch and dinner.

Persuasive Communication Techniques
Discover how to get you what you want when you need it.

New Product Offerings
Enhance your tech stack and strategy with exclusive access to the very latest services and solutions.

Glenn Wilkinson, a renowned security expert and ethical hacker

Don't miss this opportunity to hear exclusive insights from Glenn Wilkinson on day 2, a renowned security expert and ethical hacker, as he presents a session titled 'The Digital Underworld: From Creation to Annihilation' and shares his unique cybersecurity perspectives and defense strategies.

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Key Themes

AI Everywhere

Digital Business strategies

Digital Economy Trends

Data Platforms for the Intelligent Enterprise

Data-driven Customer Experience (CX) Transformation

Future of Work

Digital Trust and Security

Industry 4.0


Future of Digital Infrastructure

Software Innovation and Modern App Dev


Grand Hyatt Dubai

Oud Metha Road, Dubai Healthcare City Riyadh Street - Near Sheikh Rashid Rd - Dubai

IDC Middle East Advisory Council 2024

2023 Events Highlights


Filter Topics


Registration & Networking


Opening Act


IDC Welcome Address


Opening Address: Government Affiliation


IDC Opening Keynote: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI-first World


Unleashing Digital Business Growth: The Power of Automation in IT, Processes, and Value Streams


Elevating Digital Business with Cloud: Beyond Optimization to Sovereignty, Innovation, and Sustainability


Navigating the Path to Intelligent Enterprise: Data, Insights, and Ecosystem Transformation


Developing Digital Agility and Resilience Through Enterprise Intelligence


Unleashing Efficiency: The Rapid Progression of IT Automation


Navigating the Future of Customer Experience through Tech-Infused Relationships


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


Cluster Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


Summit Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


Cluster Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


For The CIO- By The CIO Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


Lunch & Close of Day 1


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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


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