IDC Hosts Region's Most Influential ICT Decision Makers in Morocco for Francophone Africa CIO Summit 2018 | About IDC | IDC CEMA

Casablanca International Data Corporation (IDC) today hosted the sixth annual edition of its Francophone CIO Summit at the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida, Morocco. Running under the theme 'Enabling a Blueprint for Thriving in the Digital Economy', the Summit attracted more than 80 of the region's most prominent ICT leaders and showcased innovative strategies for embracing the disruptive power of digital transformation.

Targeted exclusively at C-level executives and above, the event combined thought-provoking presentations with interactive workshops, panel discussions, and case studies, all while facilitating one-to-one meetings between the providers of cutting-edge technology solutions and the influential decision makers responsible for driving their implementation.

"As the digital revolution continues to gather pace, traditional business models are undergoing unprecedented levels of disruption," said Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, as he opened the day's proceedings. "This has triggered a wave of digital transformation across the region, and we are delighted to be here in El Jadida today to provide Francophone Africa's ICT leaders with the expert guidance required to navigate the numerous challenges and roadblocks that lie in wait."

The Summit's agenda had been tailored to help CIOs rethink the way they leverage information, implement emerging ICT solutions, and facilitate organization-wide innovation, with the ultimate aim of making their enterprises more agile, efficient, and productive than ever before. The rise of disruptive automation featured prominently, while in-depth insights were provided into a broad range of pressing issues such as driving digital business at scale, harnessing the power of enterprise mobility, building a resilient cybersecurity strategy, and empowering innovation with cloud.

Delivering the Summit's keynote address, IDC's global vice president of research and digital transformation enablement, Serge Findling, offered compelling advice on breaking through the digital deadlock and identifying inherent organizational weaknesses. "By 2018, 75% of CIOs will put experiential engagement, data monetization, or digital business at scale at the top of their agenda," he said. "However, some 59% of organizations are at a digital impasse today, either running ad hoc digital transformation initiatives or — if they have gained traction in their efforts — the changes are not universally applied across the enterprise. Various factors are holding these companies back, including ineffective organizational models, underdeveloped digital capabilities, outdated KPIs, overly tactical digital roadmaps, and the sheer absence of an enterprise digital platform."

As well as the numerous ICT industry experts speaking at the event, a number of respected thought leaders were on hand to provide invaluable end-user perspectives on the latest technology trends that are transforming the region's organizations. These included the likes of Fatima Zahra Hanne, IT manager at Morocco's Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Yao Didier Ahouli, vice president of IT at Côte d'Ivoire's Autorité Nationale de Régulation du Secteur de l'Electricité (ANARE).

IDC's valued partners for the Francophone Africa CIO Summit 2018 included HP Enterprise and VMware as Summit Partners; Huawei as Platinum Partner; Honeywell, Visiativ, Arkeos / Konica Minolta,  and SOTI (in association with Teledyne) as Gold Partners; and Accent, Samsung, and Caciopee as Exhibit Partners.

To learn more about the IDC Francophone Africa CIO Summit 2018, please visit www.idcfrancociosummit2018.com or contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com  or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also follow all the latest updates about the Summit using the hashtag #IDCFRANCOCIO.