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IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2024

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

Focus Rooms, Johannesburg, South Africa

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


Amid global tensions, power shortages, and the struggle to rebound in the post-COVID era, Africa’s CIOs are finding lifelines in digitization. They are turning to technology to transform their businesses, improve efficiency, and empower workforces. They are also showing strong interest in emerging technologies such as AI. In fact, many leading organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa are already exploring and investing in generative AI (GenAI) use cases. In this context, IDC believes that organizations need to be ready for an "AI Everywhere" world in the future. IDC forecasts that annual spending on AI-centric systems worldwide will surpass $300 billion by 2026, while ICT spending in Sub-Saharan Africa will exceed $110 billion by 2027.

In the era of GenAI-driven disruption, technology leaders are reassessing AI's pivotal role in the digitalization landscape. Given AI’s transformative power to significantly enhance digital innovation, customer experiences, operational efficiency, and sustainability, forward-thinking governments and digitally-driven organizations are adopting an ‘AI everywhere’ mindset and making AI 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 in which reporting structures and mandates have evolved and risen in prominence. These new roles also have greater responsibilities. As it increasingly gets embedded in services, products, and experiences, AI will inevitably become intertwined with the lives of employees, customers, partners, and society at large. Indeed, AI will be everywhere — underpinning areas such as performance, growth, engagement, satisfaction, safety, security, governance, privacy, sustainability, ethics, wellbeing, payments, and more.

CIOs and IT leaders need to prepare their organizations for an "AI Everywhere" future. They must focus on building data-centric platforms, migrating workloads to cloud infrastructure, governing the economics of cloud, redefining security and digital trust, and investing in skills.

The IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2024 will provide an essential platform for empowering IT leaders. It will help leaders better understand their new roles in today's AI-infused landscape and deliver 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.



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Tuesday May 7, 2024

Registration & Networking


Opening Act


IDC Welcome Address


Advisory Council Felicitation


IDC Opening Keynote: Rethinking Digitalization with GenAI for an AI-First World


The Gen AI Revolution


Ask Questions, Rate the Sessions & Stand a Chance to Win a Smart Watch


Accelerating Experiences Through Hyper Automation and Generative AI


Ask Questions, Rate the Sessions & Stand a Chance to Win a Airtags


Fireside Chat: Bring AI to your Data

Ask Questions, Rate Sessions & Stand a Chance to Win a Wireless Headset (Courtesy of Dell Technologies & NVIDIA)


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


Start of Session Raffle. Win Sony Headphones (Courtesy of Liferay)


Conquering the Complexities of AI & Data

Ask Questions, Rate the Session & Stand a Chance to win Beats Studio Buds, Courtesy of BMC and New Island Technologies


Redefine the Future of Industry

Ask Questions, Rate Sessions & Stand a Chance to Win a Coffee Machine


Unleashing Efficiency: Being Big, Bold and Fast Enough to Solve the Game-Changing Relationship Dichotomy

Ask Questions, Rate Sessions & Stand a Chance to a Bluetooth Speaker (Courtesy: NTT Data)


Success Factors for an Omni-Channel Technology Ecosystem with AI

Ask Questions, Rate Sessions & Stand a Chance to Win Coffee Machine




Platinum Sessions (Parallel Sessions)


Technology Focus Session (Parallel Sessions)


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


Partner Felicitation


Summary & Close


Mark Walker

Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC

Jyoti Lalchandani

Regional Managing Director, Middle East, Türkiye, Africa & India, IDC

Saad Ouchkir

Director of Customer Engineering for Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Google Cloud

Muhammed Omar

Country Manager - Africa, ServiceNow

Douglas Woolley

General Manager, South Africa Dell Technologies

Claudio Polla

Senior Country Sales Manager, Africa, NVIDIA

Omair Zaman

Regional Leader, EMEA Growth, Digital Service Operations Management, BMC Software

Sudipto Moitra

General Manager for ICT Solutions, MTN Business

Lauren Wortmann

Vice President: Applications and Cloud, NTT DATA Middle East and Africa

Andrew Broune

Regional Manager, Africa, Zoho Corporation

Eugene Moodley

Chief Information Officer, Sanlam Collective Investments

Jenny Mohanlall

Senior Director - IT, DHL

Thabiso Hlatshwayo

Senior Solution Consulting Manager, OpenText Africa

Jaana Nyfjord

Field CTO & Strategic Advisor - Technology & Innovation, Splunk

Aveena Mothilall

Chief Information Officer, Engen Petroleum

Charles Lalieu

Managing Director, Freshworks Africa

Alan de Waal-Smit

Head of Sales, ITR Technology | ManageEngine

Mohamed Zouari

General Manager (META), Snowflake

Luyanda Ndlovu

CIO, Department of Communications & Digital Technologies

Marc Nel

Business Development Manager, Security Operations, Fortinet

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Sonny Pouwer

Solution Architect, Mendix

Philip Snyman

Co-Founder and CEO, I Am App

Thato Sopeng

Chief Information Officer: Energy, Sasol

Jaco Coetzee

CIO, FNB Cash Investments

Mohammed Gause

CIO, Tiger Brands

Jasper Chimanzi

CIO, Gauteng Department of Health

John Bosco Arends

Group Head Information and Network Technology Operations, City of Johannesburg

Ishaaq Jacobs

Chief Information Security Officer, Sasol

Thabo Mashegoane

Chief Advisor IT Architect, Eskom

Paul Casarin

CIO, Spur Corporations

Hemu Choonilal

CIO, Access Bank

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