Egypt's ICT Community Convenes in Cairo for IDC CIO Summit 2017 | About IDC | IDC CEMA

Cairo – International Data Corporation (IDC) today hosted more than 150 of Egypt's most influential ICT leaders as the third annual edition of its Egypt CIO Summit got underway at Cairo's Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Hotel. Held under the patronage of His Excellency Yasser Elkady, Egypt's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, this year's installment focused on the theme of 'Enabling Dynamic Change for the Digital Era'.

IDC's country manager for Egypt, Mr. Hossam Helmi, opened the day's proceedings by welcoming the gathered delegates and introducing Dr. Hossam Osman, vice president of ITIDA, who delivered the event's keynote speech, during which he outlined the major strides being made in accelerating Egypt's digital transformation by fostering a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship across the country and building a more conducive environment for doing business.

He was followed by Mr. Steven Frantzen, IDC's senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, who stressed the importance of Egyptian organizations developing and investing in new IT capabilities in order to enable the successful digital transformation of their operations.

"Whether you are currently leading your organization's digital transformation efforts or not, you can be sure the organization needs your leadership," said Frantzen. "The strategic priorities of digital transformation are evolving rapidly; big bets are being placed, unusual techniques are being applied, and new bars are being established. And with digital strategies directly influencing business outcomes, it is critical that CIOs recalibrate their IT capabilities accordingly. It is therefore imperative that you embrace the new rules that govern the digital era and develop a clear understanding of exactly what is required to succeed."

Mr. Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, then hosted an informative discussion with Mr. Ahmed Abd El Sattar, group CIO of Qalaa Holdings and Mr. Alaa Elmahalawy, head of IT at Dorra Group, during which they outlined the need for CIOs to take a lead in their organization's digital transformation efforts by embracing the emerging responsibilities associated with being a chief digital officer.

Dell EMC's general manager for Egypt and Libya, Mr. Mohamed Tantawi, then took to the stage to outline the world of opportunity that awaits those organizations that get the digital transformation process right. The delegates then split off into two separate groups, with one session examining the security risks of operating in today's digital world and the other exploring the way in which breakthrough innovations are shaping the region's broader ICT landscape.

These parallel sessions featured contributions from Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, and the Egyptian Credit Bureau (I-Score), while Mr. Ahmed Al-Hadidi, IT operations manager at PepsiCo, and Mr. Khaled El-Attar head of IT infrastructure at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), were on hand to deliver fascinating insights from the end-user perspective as they outlined a series of proven CIO best practices.

With the delegates once again gathered together en masse, Mr. Ranjit Rajan, associate vice president for research at IDC Middle East and Africa, hosted an interactive panel discussion with representatives from Huawei, Veeam, Red Hat, Nutanix, and NTRA, during which they offered advice on strategies for driving innovation and reshaping the business with cloud.

Mr. Steven Frantzen then returned to the stage to bring the day's proceedings to a close by presenting IDC's predictions for the year ahead and guiding the assembled CIOs on how best to incorporate these developments into their investment plans and implementation strategies for digital transformation.

IDC's valued partners for the Egypt CIO Summit 2017 included ITIDA as Strategic Partner; Dell EMC and Intel as Summit Partners; Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, and Silicon21 as Gold Partners; Veeam, Red Hat, Yvolv, Huawei, and Nutanix as Silver Partners; and Nexthink, eSky IT, and Citrix as Exhibit Partners.

For more information about IDC's Egypt CIO Summit 2017, please contact Sheila Manek on +971 4 446 3154 or at You can also visit the dedicated website at or tweet about the summit using the hashtag #IDCEGYPTCIO.