IT Managers Forum | Events | IDC CEMA

The turbulent economic climate across the world and the political instability in the CEE region is reshaping ICT user requirements as well as forcing changes in ICT spending patterns. The economic growth aided by the increased public spending, the government's plans to build an information society, as well as the availability of better communications infrastructure is driving the use of IT among organizations. IDC’s IT Managers Forum will discuss how the effective use of emerging technologies like cloud, mobility, virtualization, analytics, and social media can drive organizations to success in the current market conditions.

IDC wants to demonstrate that ICT technologies, if used wisely, can be part of the remedy for dealing with the fallout of the crisis. Many solutions, from information management and IT outsourcing through business intelligence, virtualization, and green IT to VoIP, unified communication, and IT consolidation, can be applied to improve efficiency, lower costs, and keep profitability high.

Key Note Speakers

Mark Yates

Research Analyst, IDC Government Insights, Central & Eastern Europe

Emanuel Darmanin

Department Manager, Strategy, Planning and Performance CIO Liason, Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA)


Gordon Micallef

Director, ISACA Malta Chapter

Massimo Maffeis

Work Force Management, Enel Distibuzione S.p.A.

Key Themes:

  • Security: Traditionally weak IT security infrastructure is having organizations extremely vulnerable to malware attacks and data loss incidents. As a result of rising internet use, proliferation of mobile devices and web app usage, particularly web 2.0 apps, they are facing serious challenges of how to manage, monitor and secure their networks, systems, apps and data.
  • Mobility: Mobile devices and smartphones have become the most useful business tools for companies. With the proliferation of mobile devices, IT personnel at these organizations now have to concern themselves with device management, mobile usage policies, mobile app provisioning etc.
  • Collaboration: Modern unified communication and collaboration technologies can be very useful for companies as they try to reduce the costs associated with expensive travel and communication.
  • Virtualization: Cost savings and flexibility that virtualization offers are great benefits for cost conscious, agile companies. As they look to expand IT infrastructure with growing business needs, server, storage and desktop virtualization will be allow them to scale up rapidly with low capital expenditure.
  • Cloud: Cloud offers great cost savings, scalability and flexible utility based payment options for organizations. Companies in the region are evaluating cloud models that best suit their long term needs. Telcos and ISVs are increasingly expanding their public cloud services portfolio of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to include specialised solutions for SMBs.
  • Storage: Explosive data growth isn’t a problem for large enterprises alone. All companies are struggling to manage data volumes, particularly unstructured data. Continuous, incremental spending on storage hardware is an expensive approach.  They need to find ways to optimise storage investments and also focus on effective content management.
  • Enterprise application modernization: As they expand, organizations are looking to modernize and enhance their enterprise business app (ERP, CRM) environment. However, they cannot afford to engage in expensive, protracted enterprise app implementation and customization projects. Verticalised, scalable apps with rapid deployment packages are perhaps the need of the hour.


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