IDC unveils official event theme for 2022 Middle East CIO Summit

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Research conducted by premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events, International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed that 63 percent of Middle Eastern Chief Information Officers (CIO) have brought their digital roadmaps forward by at least one year as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

As organizations across the globe begin their return to pre-COVID-19 normalcy with digital acceleration at the core, the 2022 IDC Middle East CIO Summit will explore the ongoing shift in priorities as it hosts some of the biggest names in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The highly anticipated 15th edition of the event will have a hybrid format when it opens for the elites in the ICT industry in 2022. With the theme of ‘Accelerating Your Journey to a Digital-First World’, the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022 will start off with a physical event at the Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai on February 22. It will be followed by a two-day digital installment for the wider GCC region on February 23 and 24.

The IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022 will feature a series of presentations, panel discussions, real-life use cases, and individual technology tracks. With Days 2 and 3 hosted on IDC’s fully immersive virtual platform, delegates will be able to explore a broad range of themes central to their ongoing digital journeys and take an exclusive look at the very latest developments in technological innovation.

Sharing his view on the digital acceleration across the globe, Mr. Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s Group Vice President and Regional Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa observed that, “As the uncertainty wrought by the pandemic continues, and many organizations strive to recover, they are taking a digital-first approach to building resilience into their operations,” further adding that “This means that the journey to becoming a ‘Future Enterprise’ has accelerated, spurred by significant investments in new customer experiences, new digital ecosystem business models, digital supply chains, and ‘Future of Work’ models.

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Jyoti Lalchandani,
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Middle East, Turkey, and Africa
IDC

“This all needs to be supported by resilient, cloud-enabled digital infrastructure and applications, rapid app development, digital platforms, data-driven and AI-enabled intelligence, comprehensive security, and unwavering trust. Effective leadership, an appetite for innovation, a broad range of skills, and a sound strategy for addressing regulations will be key to driving the digital agenda. Technology suppliers must also adapt as they position their solutions and work with customers to help address these new priorities and buying requirements.

With all this in mind, the annual IDC Middle East CIO Summit is the place to come for thought-provoking, in-depth discussions about cutting-edge tech solutions, emerging use cases, and proven strategies for driving success. For 15 straight years, it has served as the ICT world’s premium source of learning about the industry’s latest developments.”

The marquee event in the Middle East’s annual calendar will see senior business leaders, influential IT heads, and respected industry analysts converge at the summit to share their collective expertise on how best to meet the unique challenges of these unprecedented times.

Following the immense success of last year’s event, the 2022 edition will see the return of the CIO Masterclass Arena that attendees can access throughout the course of the event. This section of the virtual platform will showcase a series of exclusive CXO best-practice presentations, fireside chats, and panel discussions with more than 50 international and regional industry pioneers.

For more information and guidance about the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2022, please visit the event’s dedicated website.

International Data Corporation (IDC)

Founded in 1964, International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insights help IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives.

IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company.

With its regional center in Dubai, IDC’s Middle East, Turkey, and Africa wing retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Istanbul. IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey currently fields over 130 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region.

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