IDC CIO summit to address cloud computing
Summit will be held in Fujairah on 20th February, will focus on impact and pitfalls of cloud
The IDC will discuss critical issues concerning cloud computing in the region, with a focus on its impact on business and the pitfalls that should be avoided, during the two-day Middle East CIO Summit 2012, which will be held at the Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, UAE, starting on 20th February.
The Summit will be attended by IDC's global president and CEO, Kirk Campbell, who will be visiting the UAE for the first time.
According to IDC, Campbell's presence underlines the growing global interest in the Middle East region and highlights the strategic importance of the Middle East CIO Summit 2012 in shaping the ICT landscape of the region.
Approximately 150 of the region's most influential ICT users will also be attending the event.
"CIOs in the Middle East are channelling investments towards more strategic IT projects; particularly consolidation, virtualisation, and automation, taking advantage of technologies and strategies that deliver the most significant benefits to their organisations. Private cloud adoption, in particular, has been gaining widespread attention in the region, driven by the impact of cloud technology on cost, efficiency and more agile resource deployment. The gradual transition towards the cloud will certainly have a significant impact in the growth of the region's IT expenditure, as organisations take advantage of new technology platforms to enhance the business value of their IT investments," said Jyoti Lalchandani, vice president and managing director of IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.
The Middle East CIO Summit will showcase presentations from prominent industry leaders and facilitate discussions that will examine current and future IT trends as well as their impact on the region.
"IDC's Middle East CIO Summit provides an excellent platform to meet with industry representatives across the region to share and exchange thoughts on how cloud technology can realise its full potential in transforming businesses from top to bottom. The event will also help to develop understanding on how the cloud is moving up the decision making chain, from IT managers up to the C-level decision makers: They recognise that IT investment must be integrated with the rest of the business to achieve full transformational potential. Huawei will be showcasing cloud computing-based data centre and application services including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions and how various application cloud offerings can suit different scenarios across vertical sectors," said Dr Liu Qi, president, Huawei Enterprise, Middle East.
The Middle East CIO Summit 2012 will also explore ways that CIOs in the region are using technology and emerging service delivery models to build efficiencies into their IT organisations and the business as a whole. The Summit will also identify factors that CIOs must consider as they embark on cloud initiatives, while providing in-depth examples and case studies about successful adoption of cloud technology.
"The high - level discussions at IDC's Middle East CIO Summit help create a better overview of the growing role of technology in shaping the region's business dynamics. HP will be discussing the real challenge for CIOs in bringing innovation and business profitability in a much shorter time frame and show the tools they need to modernise, transform, secure, optimise and deliver the Instant On Enterprise," said Eyad Shihabi, managing director - HP Middle East.
IDC will share its latest market findings from discussions with leading CIO's from across the Middle East during the session titled "Driving the CIO Agenda for Business Success".
IDC's Steven Frantzen, Senior VP, Research, (EMEA Region), MD (CEMA Region), and Jyoti Lalchandani will lead the session, which will detail how the economic outlook, new technologies, and shifting enterprise strategies are reshaping IT buying decisions.
IDC's Middle East CIO Summit 2012 will also examine the strategies that CIOs should be considering moving forward and explain how they can demonstrate greater value to the business.
Dubai Internet City (DIC) is the Summit's ICT Partner; Dell, Intel, EMC, IBM, MATCO, International Turnkey Systems (ITS) and HP are all participating as Summit Partners; Huawei, SAP and Schneider Electric have registered as Platinum Partners; and Riverbed, Kaspersky Lab, SonicWALL, Blue Coat, Cognizant, Citrix Systems and Wipro will all partner at the Gold level. McAfee and PCCW Global are Best Practice Partners, while Good Technology is the Summit's Lunch Partner.