DIC to be Strategic ICT Partner for IDC conference
Middle East CIO Summit 2014 to focus on third platform challenges
International Data Corporation today named Dubai Internet City as its Strategic ICT Partner for the research firm's upcoming Middle East CIO Summit 2014, which will take place from 24 to 25 February at Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The agreement was formalised during a signing ceremony at Dubai Internet City attended by the tech zone's managing director, Majed Al Suwaidi, and IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, Jyoti Lalchandani.
Now in its seventh year, IDC's Middle East CIO Summit seeks to provide the region's most influential ICT end users with a vendor-neutral platform for sharing ideas. The event is said to be one of the largest CIO gatherings in the Middle East, with over 200 attendees expected.
"As the business landscape and the technologies that businesses rely on have changed in recent years, CIOs are increasingly faced with new types of challenges that were simply not part of the job only a few years ago," said Lalchandani.
"With this evolution firmly in mind, the Middle East CIO Summit 2014 will explore the new challenges that CIOs are faced with as a direct result of the growing influence of 'third-platform' technologies - or what IDC refers to as the four pillars of technology: cloud, big data, mobility, and social media."
Al Suwaidi also sees a clear link between the growing influence of third-platform technologies and the changing nature of the CIO's role within the modern enterprise.
"The ICT landscape in the region is constantly growing and evolving, and the role of the CIO is becoming increasingly complex," he said.
"In line with the core themes of the summit, it is clear that the growth of cloud computing, big data analytics, mobility, and social media has added a further dimension to the responsibilities of the CIO. As such, IDC's Middle East CIO Summit 2014 provides an ideal platform for CIOs and industry leaders to share their opinions on the most effective way to fulfil this new role."