Agenda - IDC IT Forum Roadshow 2017 | Events | IDC CEMA

08:00 – 08:25

Registration, Networking & Welcome Tea / Coffee

08:25 – 08:30

Early Bird Gift-First 100 Attendees will receive Coffee Machine

08:40 – 09:00

Welcome Address

Swapna Subramani
Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa

09:00 – 09:30

Digital Transformation for Innovation and Disruption

Jyoti Lalchandani
Group Vice President, Regional Managing Director, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

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In today’s world, the phrases of innovation, disruption, and transformation are heavily interlinked and go hand in hand with each other. With the increased collaboration between IT and business functions, the objective to drive digital transformation (DX) is not to simply innovate and gain competitive advantage, but more importantly to disrupt the status quo in one’s favor. The motivation for DX has gone beyond the internal needs to impact the wider ecosystem. DX has emerged to be a stepping stone to meliorate customer experience, optimization of resources, drive innovation, and most importantly improving top and bottom line of businesses. The business organization always have a vision on what they would like to achieve; however, it is the IT organization that needs to step up and enable the business to accomplish that vision. IT is possibly the most critical pillar in this transformation, as well as to drive innovation by leveraging third platform technologies, i.e. cloud, mobility, big data, and social. The session provides a view on the role of DX in today’s market, trends, best practices, and strategies that IT leaders can adopt to sail on their organizations’ DX journey.

09:30 – 10:00

Digital Transformation: Panel Discussion

Jyoti Lalchandani
Group Vice President, Regional Managing Director, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

Mohamad Easawy
IT Excellence Manager, Dubai Customs

Jonathan Richards
Group Digital Strategy Director, Gulf News Media

Nitin Bhargava
Chief Technology Officer – Mashreq Bank

Yousuf AlShaiba
Director of Smart Services Development, Ajman Municipality and Planning Department

10:00 – 10:20

End User Best Practices

Rohit Jayakaran
Digital Director – Arabian Radio Network (ARN)

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10:20 – 10:50

Tea/Coffee break and Networking in the Exhibit area

10:50 – 12:10

Transforming Today’s Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Businesses

Changing business dynamics and competitive landscape are putting increased pressure on IT to innovate, be agile, and totally prepared to meet constantly evolving business needs. Business functions of the organizations are constantly innovating and aligning with ever changing demands of customers and internal stakeholders. Most of these changes are also impacting the IT infrastructure of organizations. This session presents a view on strategies adopted by Middle Eastern organizations to make their Infrastructure more agile by embracing cloud and optimizing their existing IT frameworks through the consolidation and convergence of their datacenters.
10:50 – 10:51

Raffle Draw

10:51 – 11:00

IDC Overview

Swapna Subramani
Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa

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11:00 – 11:10

The Enterprise Cloud Platform

Paulo Pereira
Director, Systems Engineering - Middle East, Nutanix

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11:10 – 11:20

Presentation by CommScope

Hany Hussein
Managing Director of Enterprise Sales, CommScope

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11:20 – 11:30

Driving Digital Disruption with Smart Hybrid Clouds

Susanth TS
Director of Product Management for Datacenter, Cloud, and Security Services, Tata Communications Ltd

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Enterprises today are rethinking their business models, trying to become more competitive amid continuous market disruptions, searching for new ways to work with their vendors and partners, and looking to deliver cutting-edge services to their tech-savvy customers. This session will show how the latest hybrid cloud solutions provide enterprises with services that are integrated, managed, and secured end to end, enabling them to drive borderless growth, enhance productivity, improve efficiency, reduce business risk, and offer a great customer experience
11:30 – 12:10

Panel Discussion: Moderated by IDC

Mohammed Mamun Ur Rashid
Head of Network & Systems Division - Fujairah Municipality

Mahmoud Kamal
Chief Information Officer, Habtoor Hospitality

Paulo Pereira
Director, Systems Engineering - Middle East, Nutanix

Hany Hussein
Managing Director of Enterprise Sales, CommScope

Susanth TS
Director of Product Management for Datacenter, Cloud, and Security Services, Tata Communications Ltd

12:10 – 12:30

Tea/Coffee break and Networking in Exhibit Area

12:30 – 12:31

Raffle Draw

12:30 – 13:30

Breaking the Silos and Taking an Integrated IT Security Approach

Several high-profile attacks in the form of DDoS, Ransomware, and Fishing have hit the regional organizations in the past few years. Unsurprisingly, IT security has become more important than ever before. Despite that, security is still often addressed in silos, and not holistically. Many attacks come from 'insiders', and the problem will only worsen if corrective measures are not taken. Organizations needs to look at security beyond the perimeter security, till the applications and end user layer, which is only possible an integrated approach for security is taken. This session will present trends, and analysis on the ever-evolving threat landscape, and recommend strategies that organizations can take to have a holistic approach to address IT security.
12:31 – 12:40

IDC Overview

Megha Kumar
Research Director, Software, Middle East & Africa

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12:40 – 12:50

Redefining Next-Gen AV

Michel Tannous
Enterprise Sales Engineer, Middle East, Bitdefender

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In today's increasingly sophisticated cyberattack landscape, businesses face mounting risks as most breaches have financial and espionage motives. Under such circumstances, protecting endpoints is critical as these represent the weakest part of the network. Different security layers are required to ensure protection against different types of attacks, from the need to minimize the attack surface to protecting against zero-day malwares, zero-day vulnerabilities, file-less attacks, and APTs. Traditionally, this might require a combination of different solutions, a strategy that can negatively impact the performance of the endpoint and requires additional resources to manage different platforms. With this in mind, this session will explore the possibilities of implementing a single solution from a single agent that covers all layers and frees up resources.

12:50 – 13:00

A New Approach to IT Security

Ibrahim Yusuf
Head of Technical Team –Middle East, Sophos

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The rapid growth of complex, coordinated threats is outpacing the ability of many organizations to protect themselves. While point products can stop individual elements of an attack, they do not work together to protect data, devices, and networks from sophisticated and coordinated cyberattacks. At the same time, overstretched IT departments struggle to respond fast enough to existing threats. This presentation will thus look at how "Synchronized Security" is a best-of-breed security system that enables defenses to be as coordinated as the attacks they protect against. Such a system combines an intuitive security platform with award-winning products that actively work together to block advanced threats and provide unparalleled protection.
13:00 – 13:30

Panel Discussion: Moderated by IDC

Anshul Srivastav
Chief Information Officer-Union Insurance Company P.S.C

Michel Tannous
Enterprise Sales Engineer, Middle East, Bitdefender

Ibrahim Yusuf
Head of Technical Team –Middle East, Sophos

Salman Sarfraz
Networks and Infrastructure Manager – Sky News Arabia

13:30 – 14:00

Preparing for the Future

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President, Consulting, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey

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As we enter this new digitally driven hyper-connected era, and despite tight budget and spending, organizations who can rapidly scale their digital transformation will be the thrivers in the digital economy. This session outline key Technology and Leadership trends set to shape the 3 years ahead, and offer guidance on the key imperatives that will impact strategic decisions for IT Executives. In this session, Serge Findling will focus on a selection of key predictions and provide guidance to CIOs for managing the implications these predictions harbor and the impact on their investment priorities and implementation strategies.
14:00 – 14:10

Summary & Close and Mega Raffle!!

14:10 – 15:10

Lunch & Networking

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