IDC to host Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2016

The summit will be held on 4 - 5 May at Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina in King Abdullah Economic City

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IDC to host Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2016 The 2016 edition of the annual ICT conference will welcome more than 150 of the Kingdom's most influential technology decisions makers
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 5, 2016

International Data Corporation (IDC) announced it will host the Saudi Arabia CIO Summit at the Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina in King Abdullah Economic City.

The 2016 edition of the annual ICT conference will welcome more than 150 of the Kingdom's most influential technology decisions makers and present them with insights into the global best practices and strategies being employed by CIO's in today's turbulent economic environments.

As Saudi CIO's grapple with the challenge of prioritising digital transformation initiatives amid tightening budgetary constraints, they are simultaneously being presented with an opportunity to augment organisational change with a sense of transparency, efficiency, and urgency.

Indeed, CIO's today find themselves dealing with challenging issues including balancing the need to provide value to business, keeping up with the continuous change of technologies, and managing multiple service providers while constantly assessing their maturity, availability, and capability to fulfil their requirements.

"A slow economy presents the perfect opportunity for enterprises, both large and small, to re-evaluate their existing productivity and effectiveness and to align their business strategies accordingly," said Abdulaziz Al-Helayyil, IDC's regional director for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain. "As such, the most pressing issue for CIO's at this juncture is to educate their organisation's board members on the benefits of aligning IT and business objectives whilst trying to balance cost pressures. This issue will be central to the discussions that take place at the Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2016 as we focus on the theme of enabling transformation in transitional times."

The summit will also feature two dedicated sessions focusing on the latest developments taking shape in Saudi Arabia's government and education sectors, as well as an exclusive CFO roundtable that will offer expert advice to the Kingdom's finance leaders on unlocking the true value of emerging ICT solutions.

The main event itself will see a host of widely respected industry experts share their insights into the major challenges, opportunities, and priorities set to dictate the Saudi ICT investment landscape over the coming 12 months.

The Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2016 will be held on 4 - 5 May at Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina in King Abdullah Economic City.

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