IDC CIO summit returns to Cairo

IDC and ITIDA to explore Egypt's digital transformation potential
Left- Jyoti Lalchandani; Right- Asmaa Hosny
Left- Jyoti Lalchandani; Right- Asmaa Hosny

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International Data Corporation (IDC) will host its second annual Egypt CIO Summit in partnership with ITIDA at Cairo's Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Monday, April 11. The event will be held under the patronage of Yasser El Kady, Egypt's minister of communications and information technology. The theme this year will be 'leading your organization's digital transformation'.

"Egypt is increasingly being exposed to a new wave of disruptive technologies that present incredible opportunities to drive innovation and value creation across all facets of the organization," said Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "At IDC, we believe the single most important competency required to thrive in this new digital economy is the ability to rapidly respond to changing conditions within the ecosystem in which the organization resides. The ultimate aim must be to deliver a compelling customer experience that seamlessly blends the digital and the physical worlds, but success in this regard will only come with a whole new level of enterprise-wide collaboration that encompasses the entire CxO value chain."

IDC will host two workshops on the side-lines of this year's summit based around its IT executive programs (IEP). Some of IDC's global vice presidents will be flying in to host these workshops, which will explore the latest developments in the areas of cloud hosting and enterprise mobility. IDC will also host four technology-focused tracks that will present expert insights into the issues currently shaping ICT investment across the wider region. Joining them on the agenda will be two entirely new sessions that will explore the business value of Internet of Things and the rise of smart city initiatives in Egypt.

"Recognizing the importance of creating the right ecosystem for technology to flourish, the Egyptian government is working on a number of strategic initiatives to accelerate the process of digital transformation," said Asmaa Hosny, ITIDA's newly appointed CEO. "The implementation of Smart Cities is among our top priorities, with plans already in place to establish state-of-the-art technology parks across Egypt, thereby enabling technology diffusion across all areas and facets of businesses. This comes in line with a multi-dimension strategy administered by MCIT and ITIDA to foster ICT innovation, invest in start-ups, and capitalise on talent nationwide."

ITIDA is IDC’s strategic partner for the summit 2016; the summit partners being Dell, Intel, EMC and Aruba; while Veeam and Juniper Networks (in association with Salec) are the gold partners.

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