IDC and Yesser to host Saudi Arabia Government Congress

Forum will focus on technology enabling Vision 2030 and digital transformation in Saudi

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IDC and Yesser to host Saudi Arabia Government Congress The Saudi Arabia Government Congress will focus on the role technology will play in achieving Vision 2030 targets.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 21, 2016

IDC and Yesser have announced the IDC Saudi Arabia Government Congress 2016, which will provide a discussion platform for Saudi Arabia's public sector ICT leaders.

The congress, which takes place in Riyadh on 23rd November, is intended to bring together government IT heads and industry experts to discuss the challenges of Vision 2030 and digital transformation for the Kingdom.

The Vision 2030 plan includes extensive targets for improved efficiency and services, and IDC expects government IT spending to reach $1.7bn by 2020 as government entities invest in technology to help hit development targets.

The event will include focus on research from IDC's Government Insights, as well as experts in public sector ICT. Speakers will include Eng. Ali Bin Saleh Al-Soma, Secretary General of Saudi Arabia's National CIT Plan and Advisor to the Minister of Communications and IT; Mr. Basem Al Shafi, Deputy Minister of Business Technology and Vision 2030 Supervisor; and Dr. Ayad Aldaijy, CIO at the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture. They will be joined by Eng. Abdulaziz AlOraij, CIO at the Ministry of Housing; Mr. Hisham Hammami, CIO at the Ministry of Hajj; and Eng. Sultan D. Abukoshaim, CIO and Advisor to the Governor at the Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization (SASO).

"IDC encourages public sector entities to focus on improving the overall citizen experience by leveraging data from multiple sources and making public systems much more accessible," says Massimiliano Claps, IDC's Associate Vice President for Government Insights, EMEA. "This will require solutions that enable the cross-silo interoperability of data and processes through common platforms. Indeed, as the digital transformation ambitions of Vision 2030 begin to take shape, government organizations must embrace a new era of unfettered collaboration across their hierarchical structures. Only then will we start to see the levels of innovation required to develop a truly vibrant society and thriving digital economy."

"Private businesses, working in partnership with the public sector, have a key role to play in facilitating e-Government transformation across the Kingdom," says Eng. Abdulaziz A. Alshouiby, Yesser's Director General. "In-depth research and specialized studies from private sector organizations will shape expectations for government CIOs around issues such as digital transformation and its impact on decision-making transparency. The implementation of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program will effectively lead a technological march across Saudi Arabia, and pioneering events such as the IDC Saudi Arabia Government Congress 2016 offer an ideal opportunity to foster a new era of cooperation between stakeholders from both the public and private sectors."

The event will also feature technology partners including HPE, Nokia, Dell EMC, Lenovo, Palo Alto and Barracuda.

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