IDC and ITIDA to explore Egypt's digital transformation

IDC to host Egypt CIO Summit at Cairo's Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 11 April

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IDC and ITIDA to explore Egypt's digital transformation IDC's Jyoti Lalchandani: "Egypt is increasingly being exposed to a new wave of disruptive technologies that present incredible opportunities to drive innovation and value creation across all facets of the organisation.”
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 7, 2016

International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced details of its second annual Egypt CIO Summit to be hosted in partnership with ITIDA at Cairo's Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 11 April.

Held under the patronage of Yasser El Kady, Egypt's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, the ICT-focused event represents the largest gathering of CIOs, business heads, and technology thought leaders in Egypt and will this year run under the theme 'Leading Your Organisation's Digital Transformation'.

"Egypt is increasingly being exposed to a new wave of disruptive technologies that present incredible opportunities to drive innovation and value creation across all facets of the organisation," said Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "At IDC, we believe the single most important competency required to thrive in this new digital economy is the ability to rapidly respond to changing conditions within the ecosystem in which the organisation resides.

"The ultimate aim must be to deliver a compelling customer experience that seamlessly blends the digital and the physical worlds, but success in this regard will only come with a whole new level of enterprise-wide collaboration that encompasses the entire CxO value chain."

Against this backdrop, IDC has announced that it will host two workshops based around its IT Executive Programs (IEP). Some of IDC's global vice presidents will host these workshops, which will explore the very latest developments in the areas of cloud hosting and enterprise mobility. IDC will also host four technology-focused tracks that will present expert insights into the issues currently shaping ICT investment across the wider region. Joining them on the agenda will be two entirely new sessions that will explore the business value of Internet of Things and the rise of smart city initiatives in Egypt.

"Recognising the importance of creating the right ecosystem for technology to flourish, the Egyptian government is working on a number of strategic initiatives to accelerate the process of digital transformation," said Asmaa Hosny, ITIDA's newly appointed CEO. "The implementation of smart cities is among our top priorities, with plans already in place to establish state-of-the-art technology parks across Egypt, thereby enabling technology diffusion across all areas and facets of businesses. This comes in line with a multi-dimension strategy administered by MCIT and ITIDA to foster ICT innovation, invest in startups, and capitalise on talent nationwide."

IDC is will welcome ITIDA as its strategic partner for the Egypt CIO Summit 2016, as well as Dell, Intel, EMC and Aruba as Summit Partners and Veeam and Juniper Networks (in association with Salec) as Gold Partners.

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