Agenda - IDC IT Forum 2017 | Events | IDC CEMA

08:30 – 09:30

Registration, Networking & Welcome Tea / Coffee

09:30 – 09:35

Welcome Address

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

Digital Transformation for Innovation and Disruption
Chaired by: Swapna Subramani, Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa- IDC

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.
09:35 – 10:10

IDC Keynote

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

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10:11 – 10:25

Presentation by CAIT

Qusai Al-Shatti
Acting Director General and Deputy Director General of the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT)

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10:25 – 10:40

Digital Transformation of KNPC and Oil Sector in Kuwait: AALY and KCLOUD Projects

Abdulaziz Ahmed Alduaij
Manager,Information Technology, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

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10:40 – 11:10

Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation for Innovation and Disruption

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

Qusai Al-Shatti
Acting Director General and Deputy Director General of the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT)

Abdulaziz Ahmed Alduaij
Manager,Information Technology, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

11:10 – 11:40

Tea/Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:20

Raffle Draw in the Presentation Room through meeting vouchers & Stand a chance to Win a Hotel Stay for 1 night.

Session 1: Breaking the Silos and Taking an Integrated IT Security Approach
Session Chaired by: Swapna Subramani, Sr. Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa- IDC

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.

11:42 – 11:50

IDC Overview

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

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11:50 – 12:00

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.

12:00 – 12:10

The Enterprise Immune System: Using Machine Learning for Next-Generation CyberDefense

Elizabeth de Freitas
Regional Manager, Darktrace

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From insiders to sophisticated external attackers, the reality of cybersecurity today is that threats are already inside the network. A fundamentally new approach to cyberdefense is thus needed to detect and investigate threats that are already inside the network — before they turn into full-blown crises. In this session, new ‘immune system’ technologies that can learn the ‘self’ of an organization will be discussed. Participants will discover how an Enterprise Immune System can spot abnormal activities as they emerge and even take precise, measured actions to automatically curb threats. Such systems represent a fundamental evolution in automated cyberdefense and are now relied upon by organizations around the world.
12:10 – 12:30

Panel Discussion

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

Michel Tannous
Enterprise Sales Engineer, Middle East, Bitdefender

Elizabeth de Freitas
Regional Manager, Darktrace

Session 1: Transforming Today’s Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Businesses
Chaired by: Swapna Subramani, Research Manager, Systems & Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Middle East & Africa- IDC

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.

12:31 – 12:35

Raffle Draw in the Presentation Room through meeting vouchers
Win 1 of the 3 Kingston Datatraveler 3.0

12:32 – 12:40

IDC Overview

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

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12:40 – 12:50

The Enterprise Cloud Platform

Tamer Riyal
Tamer Riyal, Head of Sales Operations, Middle East & RoME, Nutanix

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12:50 – 13:05

One on One Discussion

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

Tamer Riyal
Tamer Riyal, Head of Sales Operations, Middle East & RoME, Nutanix

13:05 – 13:10

IDC Summary and Close

13:10 – 13:15

Raffle Draw in the Presentation Room & stand a chance to Win a Smartphone

13:15 – 14:30

Lunch & Networking in the Expo Area

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