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IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2024

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

Fairmont Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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


Saudi Arabia has been on a turbocharged ’everything digital’ journey. The Kingdom’s leaders have been closely working with private and public sector entities to meet their ambitious goals and objectives, fulfil the Vision 2030 strategy, and execute multiple giga projects. Moreover, many leading organizations in Saudi Arabia are already exploring and investing in generative AI (GenAI) use cases. IDC believes that these 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 Saudi Arabia will exceed $36.6 billion by 2024.

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 experience, 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 thus 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 Saudi Arabia 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 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.



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Registration & Networking


Opening Act


IDC Welcome Address


Opening Address: Government Affiliation


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


Session Moderator


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


Transforming Insights into Decisions: The Journey from Connected Data to Knowledge Graphs


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


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


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


Cluster Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


Summit Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break / President Club Lunch


Cluster Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


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


Lunch & Close of Day 1


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Contact Us

Ronita Bhattacharjee

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

+971 4 391 2747

Taher Hamdan

Sales Director – Events, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa

+971 50 659 1320

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