IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2012 | Events | IDC CEMA

Kirk Campbell

President and Chief Executive Officer, IDC

Reaffirming the Middle East’s growing importance on the world stage, IDC’s  longstanding President and Chief Executive Officer, Kirk Campbell, will be flying in to offer a global perspective on the region’s latest developments.

The Middle East CIO Summit  is a widely recognized ICT-focused event where CIOs, CTOs, businesses, and IT executives acquire distilled and compact insights into IT strategies, emerging technologies, and best practices that have direct implications for their business. Valuable, high-level executive insights are shared in tightly regulated sessions where fresh new ideas, both disruptive and exciting, are shared so as to help IT and business professionals implement winning changes that need to be made to their existing IT strategies. Each year, this IDC event illuminates the many leading minds in attendance with cutting-edge industry best practices and engages vendors as they outline their new product blueprints and demonstrate practical solutions. For the 2012 edition, minds will be stretched as new ideas grow.

Running under the theme ‘Driving an Agenda for Business Success', the hugely popular Summit returns to the region for the fifth consecutive year and will bring together the region's top 100 CIOs and present first-hand visions and experiences of pioneering thought leaders from the world's premier ICT organizations.  The Summit will focus on what strategies the business-savvy CIO needs to consider and how can he/she demonstrate greater value to the business user and thereby increase the profile of IT in the boardroom.

This year the Summit will focus on key themes such as:

  • The CIOs Role in Driving Business Agility
  • IT Project Prioritisation – Driving Innovation without Breaking the Bank
  • What is the latest Cloud Forecast?
  • Emerging Trends in Unified Communication & the Power of Social Collaborative Tools
  • Datacenter Manageability, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
  • The Power of Intelligence: Advanced Analytics

IDC's CIO Summit Provides

  • First-hand visions and experiences from recognized leaders
  • CIO trends and peer-to-peer networking opportunities
  • Major ICT trends and developments over the next three to five years
  • An insight into cutting-edge best practices
  • Visionary presentations from the industry leaders
  • In-depth analysis on the winning strategies employed by empowered CIOs

Market Overview

The year 2011 was the year of the 'Arab Spring', and the resulting political turbulence in several Middle East and North African countries led to lower-than-expected IT market growth in the region. Saudi Arabia and the UAE experienced relatively strong growth in 2011 (10 - 11%), and in 2012, Saudi Arabia will continue to grow rapidly on the back of ongoing government-led investments in infrastructure and social programs. Egypt, the country in the eye of storm, contracted in 2011, however, if a stable political environment does emerge following the elections, the IT market can be expected to recover in 2012. IT spending in 2012 will be shaped by the stability of the post-Arab Spring political environment, and the global economic uncertainty stemming from the eurozone crisis. While the Middle East IT market will be more resilient than more developed global markets, global economic headwinds could potentially lead to a slowdown in IT spending. The Gulf states will continue to experience IT spending growth, however, a fall in energy prices could slow down government spending.

Against this backdrop, CIOs are increasingly focussing on business value-oriented IT initiatives that support and accelerate business performance and agility. However, IT budgets continue to be watched closely, and technology initiatives that generate costs savings - such as virtualization and datacenter consolidation - are becoming critical as the savings can be re-invested in business-centric technologies such as business intelligence, mobility, communication, and collaboration. The need to improve flexibility and scalability, and optimise services delivery are driving Cloud initiatives in several large organizations.  As CIO challenges and priorities shift rapidly, ICT providers must be prepared to review and transform their strategies to support their customers better.


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Dubai Internet City (DIC) EMC Middle East MATCO International Turnkey Systems Hewlett Packard Dell Intel IBM Huawei Technologies Company (Nigeria) Limited SAP Riverbed Technology Kaspersky Lab Sonicwall Blue Coat Systems ME Cognizant Citrix Systems Wipro Infotech Fujitsu PCCW Global Good Technology Patchi Ski Dubai Jovisa Trading