IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2022 (2023)

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In-Person Event | Fairmont Hotel Riyadh | September 19 - September 20, 2022

As the government of Saudi Arabia steadily pursues the ambitious objectives of Vision 2030, it is uniquely positioned to become a leading ICT nation within the next decade. The focus on digital transformation is expected to intensify as the Kingdom accelerates its drive to attract new domestic and international investors, bridge the digital divide, address key business challenges, and further enhance citizen experience and trust while meeting the needs of a rapidly evolving economy.

Whether it is building resilient digital infrastructures or adapting to meet the unique demands of managing distributed workforces, the Kingdom’s CIOs are rethinking their leadership practices in a digital-first world, adapting their organizations to meet a new set of challenges. They are building organizations that accelerate existing digital investments, adapt to evolving business requirements, and capitalize on change to become future enterprises.

The IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2022 edition will explore how the country is experiencing a national-level digital revolution. This event will explore the Kingdom’s accelerated pace of innovation, its evolving technology landscape, and present-day strategies that the country’s organizations are implementing to transform into digitally resilient future enterprises.

IDC Saudi Arabia Advisory Council

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The Saudi CIO Summit 2022 features a tailored agenda filled with handpicked topics, discussions, panel sessions, and keynote presentations from regional and global technology experts that will explore all of today's hottest ICT issues.

The 2022 edition will be hosted on September 19 & 20, 2022.Here's what you can expect:

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Fairmont Hotel Riyadh

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September 19 - 20, 2022

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08:30 am

Registration Fee
Free of Charge: For End Users (not IT + Consultant companies)


For More Information, contact:Dalia Jaarah - Conference Project Manager
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Host Partner


IBM has been operating in the Middle East since 1947, when it installed the first computer in the region over 70 years ago. It has been playing a vital role in shaping the region’s information technology landscape.

Today, IBM is a leading cloud platform and AI solutions company and is continuously transforming its business to address the emerging needs of businesses and societies and help customers and partners accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

Game Changer Partner

Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE)

The Saudi Information Technology Company (SITE) is a national company, wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). SITE was established in 2017 with the aim of offering secure-by-design digital services and cybersecurity solutions, by Saudi professionals and experts, to protect the Kingdom’s critical digital assets. SITE contributes, through its services and solutions, to the development of local products in the fields of digital services, cybersecurity and data science through fulfilling its mandate as a critical partner for major government bodies and other vital national entities.

Innovation Partner


Unifonic is a customer engagement platform that enables organizations to delight customers with remarkable omnichannel experiences. By unifying communication channels, messaging apps, and chatbots, Unifonic streamlines conversations at every touch point throughout the customer journey. Unifonic’s solutions integrate customer communication channels including text, voice, messaging and web into a single platform to enable companies to create stronger customer relationships.

Digital Transformation Partner

Tech Mahindra

Tech Mahindra offers innovative and customer-centric digital experiences, enabling enterprises, associates and the society to Rise. We are a USD 6 billion organization with 158,000+ professionals across 90 countries helping 1262 global customers, including Fortune 500 companies. We are focused on leveraging next-generation technologies including 5G, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, and more, to enable end-to-end digital transformation for global customers. Tech Mahindra is the only Indian company in the world to receive the HRH The Prince of Wales’ Terra Carta Seal for its commitment to creating a sustainable future. We are the fastest growing brand in ‘brand strength’ and amongst the top 7 IT brands globally. With the NXT.NOWTM framework, Tech Mahindra aims to enhance ‘Human Centric Experience’ for our ecosystem and drive collaborative disruption with synergies arising from a robust portfolio of companies. Tech Mahindra aims at delivering tomorrow’s experiences today, and believes that the ‘Future is Now’. We are part of the Mahindra Group, founded in 1945, one of the largest and most admired multinational federation of companies with 260,000 employees in over 100 countries. It enjoys a leadership position in farm equipment, utility vehicles, information technology and financial services in India and is the world’s largest tractor company by volume. It has a strong presence in renewable energy, agriculture, logistics, hospitality and real estate. The Mahindra Group has a clear focus on leading ESG globally, enabling rural prosperity and enhancing urban living, with a goal to drive positive change in the lives of communities and stakeholders to enable them to Rise.

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Smart ICT Partner

Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver high-performing Linux, cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. It helps organizations standardize across environments, develop cloud-native applications, and integrate, automate, secure, and manage complex environments with award-winning support, training, and consulting services.

Strategic Partner

Cisco Systems

Cisco(NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet.Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securingyour data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for aglobal and inclusive future. Discover more onThe Networkand follow us onTwitter.

Summit Partner


For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality, media, and application development, deployment, and management from 84 Availability Zones within 26 geographic regions, with announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and 8 more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, India, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. Millions of customers — including the fastest-growing start-ups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies — trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit

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Summit Partner


Cloud4C is a Global Cloud Managed Service Provider serving 60+ of the fortune 500 multinationals and mission-critical businesses in 25+ countries spread across Middle East, Europe, Americas, India and Asia Pacific.

The Company supports Hybrid Cloud environment and allows customers to choose the cloud of their choices such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, GCP, IBM Cloud and Cloud4C. It has expertise in managing production workloads across various cloud platforms and also on its own community and Private cloud platform locally hosted across the globe in 25 countries with 50+ in-country Cloud Datacenters with end to end migration and managing the mission critical applications and workloads with a unique single SLA model. In Middle East, Cloud4C has its local Cloud Datacenters in UAE, Qatar & Saudi Arabia servicing to 120+ Enterprises across the region.

Summit Partner

Summit Partner

Software AG

Software AG is the software pioneer of a truly connected world. Since 1969, it has helped 10,000+ organizations use software to connect people, departments, systems and devices. Software AG empowers truly connected enterprises using integration & APIs, IoT & analytics and business & IT transformation. Software AG’s products establish a fluid flow of data that allows everything and everyone to work together. The company has more than 4,800 employees across more than 70 countries and annual revenue of over €800m, with the aim of exceeding €1bn by 2023

Summit Partner


CEQUENS isa leading global Communications-Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) provider thataims to bridge communication gaps in a communication-driven world.

Powered byinnovation and guided by a cloud-first and mobile-first approach, CEQUENS providesomni-channel communication APIs that enable enterprises and developers tocommunicate with their customer base worldwide.

As anEndeavor EntrepreneurandGSMA Associate Member and ISO-Certified company,CEQUENSplaysa pivotal role in transforming business communication in the region.

CEQUENSproprietary, PCI/DSS compliantCommunication Platformleveragesthe latest cloud technologies and features a comprehensive portfolio ofservices that are industry-focused, agile, scalable, and cost-effective.

For moreinformation,pleasevisit CEQUENS website orget in touch through the following email

Summit Partner


UiPath has a vision to deliver ARobot for Every Person, one where companies enable every employee to use,create, and benefit from the transformative power of automation to liberate theboundless potential of people. Only UiPath offers an end-to-end platform forhyperautomation, combining the leading Robotic ProcessAutomation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enableevery organization to scale digital business operations at unprecedented speed.The company has already automated millions of repetitive tasks for over 65% ofthe Fortune 500 and 8 of the Fortune 10.

Named a 2020CNBC Disruptor 50 company, UiPath was recognized as the fastest growingtechnology company in the Americas according to FT Americas’Fastest Growing Companies 2020 and named the top company on Deloitte’s2019 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the fastest public and privatetechnology companies in North America.

Summit Partner


Microsoft is fully committed to helping companies and people realize their full potential – from the largest enterprise, through mid-sized companies and small startups, to individual home users. Since opening its first Saudi Arabia office in Riyadh in 1998, Microsoft has played a major role in the development of the country's IT infrastructure and is deeply involved in the ongoing Saudi e-government project.

Summit Partner

Google Cloud

Google Cloud accelerates every organization's ability todigitally transform its business. It delivers enterprise-grade solutions thatleverage Google's cutting-edge technology – all on the cleanest cloud in theindustry. Customers in more than 200 countries and territories turn to GoogleCloud as their trusted partner to enable growth and solve their most criticalbusiness problems. Learn more at

Platinum Partner

Micro Focus

Micro Focus helps you run your business and transform it. Our software provides the critical tools you need to build, operate, secure, and analyze your enterprise in a constantly changing world. Right now, that means powering your digital transformation with solutions spanning four key areas:

•Enterprise DevOps—Build and deliver better software faster.

•Hybrid IT Management—Operate with agility.

•Security, Risk, and Governance—Secure what matters most.

•Predictive Analytics—Analyze in time to act.

By design, these solutions bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies—which means you can innovate faster, with less risk, in the race to digital transformation.

Platinum Partner

SS&C Technologies

SS&C Blue Prism provides leading enterprise intelligent automation technology worldwide. We empower customers to reimagine how work gets done with a secure and scalable intelligent digital workforce. A digital workforce increases efficiency, reduces operating costs and returns millions of hours to staff to focus on the things that matter most. To learn more visit and follow us on Twitter @blue_prism and LinkedIn.

Platinum Partner


Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network—today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud, or mobile environments. Fortinet ranks number one in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 500,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses.

Platinum Partner


Mendix, a Siemens business and the global leader in enterprise low-code, is fundamentally reinventing the way applications are built in the digital enterprise.

The Mendix platform is built to promote intense collaboration between business and IT teams and dramatically accelerate application development cycles, while maintaining the highest standards of security, quality, and governance — in short, to help enterprises confidently leap into their digital futures.

We are steadfast in our belief that everyone, anywhere should have the ability to build world-class software. Our platform uses visual models and collaboration tools — opening the software development process to people with a wide variety of technical skills.

Platinum Partner


Saudi Business Machines Ltd. (SBM) is the Kingdom’s leading provider of end-to-end enterprise information technology and telecommunications solutions from International Business Machines (IBM). Today, SBM offers cutting-edge enterprise solutions across every industry in the Kingdom, with its capability as a total solutions provider further enhanced with an unrivaled portfolio of products and services in IBM Systems and Software, Networking Solutions, Systems Integration, Consultation and Implementation, Business Recovery, Physical Security, Cyber Security and Operations Support. SBM also provides comprehensive, tailored corporate services for a vast range of its products and solutions. SBM’s entire corporate structure is designed to make the company as flexible and as adaptive as possible to the dynamic and developing requirements of its customers, market, and solutions. The company has access to international best practices, worldwide practices, resources, and knowledge bases to provide any required solution.

Platinum Partner


Founded in 1969 as a Silicon Valley start-up, the AMD journey began with dozens of employees focused on leading-edge semiconductor products. From those modest beginnings, AMD has grown into a global company setting the standard for modern computing. Rooted in an innovation-driven culture, AMD employees collaborate every day to maximize the potential of modern computing, utilizing semiconductor innovation to transform how people live, work, learn and play. Today, AMD offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of leadership high-performance and adaptive processor technologies, combining CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, adaptive SoCs, and deep software expertise to enable leadership computing platforms for cloud, edge, and end devices.

Platinum Partner



VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda. For more information, please visit

This article may contain hyperlinks to non-VMware websites that are created and maintained by third parties who are solely responsible for the content on such websites.

VMware, VMworld, Telco Cloud Platform and VMware SASE are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.

Technology Focus Group Partner


Kofax enables organizations to “Work like Tomorrow - Today.” Kofax’s intelligent automation software platforms and solutions digitally transform document-intensive workflows. Customers realize greater agility and resiliency by combining Kofax’s process orchestration, cognitive capture, robotic process automation, output management, analytics, and mobile capabilities. By leveraging Kofax’s products, customers can shorten time-to-value and increase competitiveness, growth, and profitability while mitigating risk.

Technology Focus Group Partner


Udacity changes lives, businesses, and nations through radical talent transformation in digital technologies. Udacity's global, online talent transformation platform focuses on in-demand digital technologies, mentor support, and project-based learning taught by industry experts. Programs include real world content for job-ready competencies in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, autonomous systems, cloud computing, among other disciplines. Udacity has more than 100 enterprise customers including Airbus, Bertelsmann, BNP Paribas, Leidos, Mazda, and the United States Air Force. Udacity collaborates with more than 200 global industry partners including Google, Facebook, Mercedes-Benz, and NVIDIA to power technical education. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, the private company has operations in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Germany, India, and the United Arab Emirates. Udacity has raised $163 million in funding to date from investors including Bertelsmann, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, and Drive Capital. For more information, please visit

Technology Focus Group Partner


Crayonhelps customers build the commercial and technical foundation for a successfuland secure cloud-first,digital transformation journey. To learn more aboutCrayon, please visit Crayon| Home - Crayon

Technology Focus Group Partner


At Cloudera, we believe that data can make what is impossible today, possible tomorrow. We empower people to transform complex data into clear and actionable insights. Cloudera delivers an enterprise data cloud for any data, anywhere, from the Edge to AI. Powered by the relentless innovation of the open source community, Cloudera advances digital transformation for the world’s largest enterprises. Learn more at

Technology Focus Group Partner


Nexthink is the leader in digital employee experience management software. The company is energizing the future of work by providing IT leaders with unprecedented insight into employees’ daily experiences of technology at the device level – freeing IT to progress from reactive problem solving to proactive optimization. Nexthink enables its more than 1,000 customers to provide better digital experiences to more than 15 million employees. Dual headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland and Boston, Massachusetts, Nexthink has 9 offices worldwide.  

Technology Focus Group Partner

Nahil Computers

Nahil Computers is a leading IT system integrator in Saudi Arabia. Nahil was founder 1985 with sole purpose to help its customers achieve more with their IT investments. Nahil Computers has successfully delivered and implemented 500+ IT projects in 2019. We provide HW System integration, CRM implementation, BI Services, Security Consultation and Cloud Services. Nahil has three branches, Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar, with around 350+ resources working around the clock to serving our customers and meeting their critical business needs.

Technology Focus Group Partner

Symphony Summit AI

SummitAI is an enterprise-class solution suite that delivers measurable business outcomes through digital transformation. SummitAI leverages the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, and automation to take enterprises to greater levels of speed, responsiveness, and productivity. As a true multi-tenant solution, SummitAI is deployable in public cloud and on-premises environments, with enterprise-wide functions that go beyond IT to include human resources, shared services, facilities, and more. Through AI-driven knowledge intelligence, CIOs and service providers can simplify operations and reduce costs while factoring in on-demand scalability. SummitAI is your digital transformation partner to help unleash enterprise productivity.

Media Partner

Cyber Defense Magazine

Cyber Defense Magazine is by ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals for IT Security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories, and awards on the best ideas, products, and services in the information technology industry.

Media Partner

DX Talks

Welcome to DXTALKS, the Digital Leaders Platform for Events & Media Partnerships. In 2020, our platform was founded by Rudy Shoushany (Speaker, Mentor, Top 50 Global Thought Leaders Governance and Top 100 Thought Leaders on Digital transformation), and it has been continuously growing and expanding to include multiple live talk shows, trainings, events and more. We participate in collaborate with multiple events every year, and we keep our network up to date with the latest discussions in media, technology, digitization, fintech and more. Our strong network and connections provide many opportunities for brands and organizations.

Media Partner

World Business Outlook

World Business Outlook is a Singapore-based business magazine. The website delivers all the latest global financial news and the latest insights, market views and industry talk from across the sectors. The magazine pages adorn the most innovative companies in its sector and opinions from the world's top business leaders. We are getting 40-50k unique visitors every month. We are consistently recording 150k visitors every month. We are getting 1,000 to 2,000 views daily on our website and we are close to 20,000 subscribers for our magazine.

Media Partner

Media Partner

Tech Magazine

Tech Magazine is the MENA region’s leading technology news platform. We produce and publish engaging content related to technology, cybersecurity, Web3, social media, and more. Our content is catered toward tech-savvy millennials living in the MENA region as well as Arab millennials living abroad who are interested in keeping up with the latest stories from MENA.

Media Partner

AI Time Journal

We explore how Artificial Intelligence and Exponential Technologies bring opportunities for people, organizations, and societies to increase their wealth and health.

Our audience is anyone who wants to improve in their career, their business, their investments; who wants to live a healthier, more productive, and fulfilling life; who wants to simplify and improve the education systems of their communities, or who simply wants to understand how Exponential Technologies are changing the world.

We publish articles, podcast interviews, and ebooks with insights from industry leaders and experts, and use cases of exponential technologies across multiple fields, including finance, healthcare, and education.

Media Partner

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Analyst Spotlight

Leveraging Technology Innovation to empower Kingdom’s Digital Transformation agenda

Hamza Naqshbandi
Associate Vice President (Saudi Arabia & Bahrain) IDC

Companies are leveraging the latest technological developments with a long-term commitment

CXO Spotlight

Rapid Acceleration of Digital Transformation

Jason E Roos
CIO, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)

The IDC KSA CIO Summit is one of the year’s most anticipated events for us

Partner Spotlight

Security Simplified: The Balance Between User Experience and User Authentication

Abdulaziz Alkahtani
Head of Enterprise Sales, CEQUENS

I am delighted to be attending this year's CIO Summit in Saudi Arabia

Analyst Spotlight

Cyber-maturity and Policy-driven Approaches Among Key Growth Drives for the MEA Security Market

Uzair Mujtaba
Program Manager (Saudi Arabia), IDC

Cybersecurity has undoubtedly taken on a more critical role

CXO Spotlight

Eng, Yazeed Al Otaibi Joins the 2022 IDC Saudi Arabia Advisory Board

Yazeed Al Otaibi
Assistant Deputy Minister, for Planning and Digital, Transformation - Ministry of Health

One of the things I’m looking forward to is the IDC KSA CIO Summit speaker line-up.

Partner Spotlight

Hear from our featured sponsor: Cisco

Salman Faqeeh
Managing Director, Saudi Arabia, Cisco

CIOs and IT decision-makers are challenged more than ever

Partner Spotlight

It’s Time to Illuminate Digital Experiences with Unified Observability

Salman Ali
Senior Solution Engineering Manager, Riverbed Technology

In recent years, the perimeter of the enterprise has been largely redefined, with users, applications

CXO Spotlight

Hear from the Industry Expert at IDC Saudi CIO Summit 2022!

Mohamed Abdel-Aal
Director of Digital Experience & Innovation, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)

Join me for the IDC KSA CIO Summit where a host of the top names in ICT discuss innovation and business.

CXO Spotlight

Hear from the Industry Expert at IDC Saudi CIO Summit 2022!

Hany Almansour
GM Information Technology, Saudi General Authority of Foreign Trade

One of the things I’m looking forward to is the IDC KSA CIO Summit speaker line-up.

Partner Spotlight

A Human-First and Purpose-Driven Future-of-Work Strategy

Paul Marshall
Snr Industry Consultant, SS&C Blue Prism

Join our session, where we will will cover the best practice involved in planning and executing against an automation-led digital transformation

Partner Spotlight

Powering an Inclusive, Digital and Sustainable Future for All

Osama Al-Zoubi
Chief Technology & Engineering Officer, (Middle East & Africa), Cisco

Leaders in the technology industry have a collective responsibility to bridge the digital divide

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Partner Spotlight

Accelerating Digital Transformation with Low-Code

Maik de Wolf
Country Manager, MESA, Mendix

Digital transformation is incredibly complex but vital to every organization’s future

Partner Spotlight

AI Demystified: Implications for Strategic Execution

Dr. Dani Abu Ghaida
Chief Development Officer, Crayon

When it comes to Data and AI - some might think of Hyperscaler solutions on the cloud

Partner Spotlight

Tech Mahindra our Digital Transformation Partner at the IDC CIO Summit.

Ram Ramachandran
Senior Vice President & Head, MEA - Tech Mahindra

Tech Mahindra is excited to be the Digital Transformation Partner for the IDC CIO Summit.

Partner Spotlight

Data factory the AI Edge to Cloud journey

Saleh Al-Nemer
CTO, HPE Saudi Arabia

Nahil Computers has been a sponsor for IDC CIO Summit for some years now.

CXO Spotlight

Bandar Al-Shahrani Joins the 2022 IDC Saudi Arabia Advisory Board

Bander Al-Shahrani
Head of IT, Public Investment Fund (PIF)|Projects

Join me for the IDC KSA CIO Summit

CXO Spotlight

Abdulaziz Abanmi Joins the 2022 IDC Saudi Arabia Advisory Board

Abdulaziz Abanmi
Chief Operating Officer, Saudi Payments

One of the things I’m looking forward to is the IDC KSA CIO Summit speaker line-up.

Partner Spotlight

Intelligent Automation Accelerating Digital Transformation and Unleash Human Innovation

Ashraf El Zarka
Vice President, Regional Managing Director MEA & Pakistan, UiPath

The way businesses operate has changed drastically since the pandemic.

Partner Spotlight

Critical Hybrid Analytics for Your Business

Fouad Teban
Vertica International Field Leader, Micro Focus

Data analytics is becoming as critical to an enterprise’s business practices as accounting

Companies are leveraging the latest technological developments with a long-term commitment to achieve excellence in enabling the transformation goals of the country, to serve their customers, and society. Next generation technologies like big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML), robotic process automation (RPA) and Big Data solutions have impacted the business significantly by providing a competitive edge while reducing costs.

The IDC KSA CIO Summit is one of the year’s most anticipated events for us, especially during a time when we are seeing the results of the rapid acceleration of digital transformation plans in these unique times. Join me as we take a journey into the country and region’s latest ICT developments using research-based approach. This event is one we look forward to being part of annually. The IDC team always bring something new to the table every year, making the IDC KSA CIO summit a staple platform that brings together some of the biggest names in tech together with key decision makers from every vertical.

I am delighted to be attending this year's CIO Summit in Saudi Arabia and to be part of the digital revolution happening in the Kingdom. Beyond being proud sponsors of this year's event, I look forward to taking the stage this year to discuss how CEQUENS is helping organizations around the region create a better customer experience with simple yet secure authentication.

Cybersecurity has undoubtedly taken on a more critical role when it comes to enhancing the response and resilience of key economic sectors across the Middle East and Africa (MEA). It's not surprising then that governments across the region are investing significantly in improving their national defences. There is a clear drive to formalize market regulators and augment their role with supporting regulatory frameworks and policies. The approach to maintaining a robust security posture is becoming more centralized and concerted, which is driving new levels of security maturity within end-user organizations while also encouraging vendors and services providers to drive innovation around their capabilities and delivery models. As a result, IDC expects cybersecurity spending across the MEA region to increase at a CAGR of 6.6% over the coming years to top $5.3 billion in 2025.

One of the things I’m looking forward to is the IDC KSA CIO Summit speaker line-up. I invite you to join me and a host of local, regional, and international experts for valuable business insights from some of the world’s top tech minds that help us fine tune our products, solutions, and strategies moving forward.

CIOs and IT decision-makers are challenged more than ever to accelerate their digital and cloud journeys while protecting their organizations from the expanding threat environment and keeping highly distributed teams connected.

At the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit, we look forward to driving discussions around securing the hybrid workplace, seamlessly transitioning to a hybrid work model, and fostering new dialogues on cyber-resilience. We believe that by working alongside our industry peers, we are empowered to deliver future-proofed, secure connectivity across the Kingdom – hence supporting the Saudi Vision 2030 agenda

In recent years, the perimeter of the enterprise has been largely redefined, with users, applications and data now residing everywhere and complexity scaling at an exponential rate. And while today’s environments are substantially more complex, dynamic, distributed, and hybrid, the tools used by IT teams for monitoring and control have not kept pace.

To the contrary, siloed solutions only exacerbate the problem – drowning IT teams in a deluge of data from which little insight can be derived. As a result, IT teams find their effectiveness inhibited when asked to innovate, or address issues that arise – making it all but impossible for them to deliver the ‘flawless digital experiences’ users now demand.

To address these challenges, IT teams now need unified observability which delivers:

Full-Fidelity Telemetry across the entire IT ecosystem, from client devices, networks, and servers, to applications, cloud-native environments, and the users themselves.

Intelligent Analytics gained by applying AI, ML, and proprietary data science techniques across disparate data streams, including third-party data, to better detect anomalies and changes.

Actionable Insightsmade possible through the powerful combination of AI and ML enabled automation, giving organisations gain context-rich, filtered, and fix-first insights.

Automated Remediation recommended by the system based on the issue being investigated, while giving IT decision-making control on whether and when to execute the suggested corrective actions.

Such observability unifies data, insights, and actions and empowers all IT teams to deliver seamless digital experiences.

Join me for the IDC KSA CIO Summit where a host of the top names in ICT discuss innovation and business. This event gives us a much-needed update of the market and how various players are evolving to meet customer demands. If anything, the IDC KSA CIO Summit gives us a unique vantage point, allowing us to better understand the fast-growing landscape in KSA.

The IDC KSA CIO Summit provides ample opportunity to network and collaborate with participants from industry, government, and education.

One of the things I’m looking forward to is the IDC KSA CIO Summit speaker line-up. I invite you to join me and a host of local, regional, and international experts for valuable business insights from some of the world’s top tech minds that help us fine tune our products, solutions, and strategies moving forward.

The IDC KSA CIO Summit always provides us with a wealth of leads, bringing us up close and personal with decision makers from some of the region’s biggest organizations. I have no doubt that this year, again, the IDC team will this year’s event a resounding success for us, and everyone involved.

Join our session, where we will will cover the best practice involved in planning and executing against an automation-led digital transformation as well as highlighting some of the pitfalls to avoid along the way.

Digital Transformation is changing the way work is performed in organisations, and business leaders are reaping the rewards of embracing the new operational models this enables. There is a fine line between success and failure where net new technologies are required to be adopted at an organisational level, and the inflection point has more to do with adoption planning rather than the technology itself. Automation, as well as artificial intelligence are the key to rich returns for those bold enough to embark on institutional change, and this requires the support and inclusion of the existing workforce and their expertise to maximise long-term value capture. Come speak to us at the IDC CIO Summit Saudi Arabia 2022 if you want to find out more.

Leaders in the technology industry have a collective responsibility to bridge the digital divide and secure inclusive future. A future which must be driven by connectivity, but begins with a livable planet.

Key to creating this world is a twin transition that is both digital and green. While the technology sector holds many of the answers, we too must address our own carbon footprint and advance the circular economy.

Digital transformation is incredibly complex but vital to every organization’s future. Balancing user needs, budgets, resources, core systems, and another hundred factors is taxing under even the best circumstances. 3/4 CIOs report increased demand for new digital products and services. Almost 1/3 of software projects are delayed by 6 months. Customers around the globe use the Mendix Platform to digitize customer experience, automate business processes, and modernize core systems. Mendix supports collaborative development of enterprise applications at unprecedented speed and scalability by bringing business experts and IT professionals together.

During IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit Maik de Wolf, Country Manager Mendix, will present a session on accelerating your digital agenda with Mendix. Maik de Wolf is the managing director at Mendix for the Middle East. He completed his master’s degree in Entrepreneurship & New Business Venturing in 2010, then he started his business and IT consulting career, he led multiple complex software implementations for large (re)insurance companies globally for 10 years.

Maik specialized himself in the concept of low code software development during his active consulting career resulting in a significantly improved software delivery efficiency and capacity utilization. His experience-led vision on low code software development supports enterprise customers throughout the Middle East in achieving their strategic business objectives.

Join us on at IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit at booth 25 to discuss and learn more about how to accelerate your digital agenda with low-code platform

When it comes to Data and AI - some might think of Hyperscaler solutions on the cloud, others might think about on-prem solutions using open source, and yet others might find value in adopting a hybrid approach. Crayon believes there is no right or wrong answers or one-size-fits-all. We strongly believe that being vendor and solution agnostic is the best approach for us to help solve problems and better serve our customers.

We are recently seeing a major change in the adoption trends associated with Data and AI across the Middle East and Africa with an increasing incline towards cloud-based services with on-prem solutions from Hyperscalers (ex. Azure Stack HCI, AWS Outpost, or GCS using Anthos). This is often the right approach for potential public cloud migration, for instance, when the Hyperscalers’ Data Centers are rolled out across the region – especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Irrespective of the solution archetype, the right Data and AI solutions can transform and improve the way companies create value for their customers, partners, and shareholders. At Crayon, we focus our efforts in helping our customers design and implement their data platforms, whilst also helping them on their innovation journey through accurate business-relevant and actionable data insights using a variety of AI solutions and methods including deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing.

Tech Mahindra is excited to be the Digital Transformation Partner for the IDC CIO Summit. Saudi is a key strategic growth market for us, and our focus is on bringing in digital solutions and technology talent development in the Kingdom. The event themed “Accelerating Client Journey to a Digital-First World”, aligns to Tech Mahindra’s strategy and the CIO Summit gives us the platform to showcase our business enablers with business benefits as the pivot of focus. Some of the key digitalization enablers from our business offerings portfolio include the wonderful emerging world of Metaverse, Cloud Transformation/Modernization Accelerators, 5G/Network Modernization/Networks of the future along with the Data Transformation Framework.

We have invited our marquee customer CxOs to the event as this is the right forum. Our global innovation leader would be showcasing some of our futuristic plans around Metaverse and related. Tech Mahindra’s uniqueness is in bringing the best of offerings from enterprise core coupling with our global telecom industry expertise and topping it with our networks expertise. This gives the power of integration with clearly defines business outcomes to our customers.

Nahil Computers has been a sponsor for IDC CIO Summit for some years now. We are happy that the summit has returned to its in-person format. Throughout our experience in IDC Summit, we have better learned about the international IT Trends, and how IT adds value to the business. We are happy and proud sponsor for the summit, and we look forward to being part of it in the future.

Join me for the IDC KSA CIO Summit where a host of the top names in ICT discuss innovation and business. The IDC KSA CIO Summit is giving us a much-needed update of the market and how various players are evolving to meet customer demands.

One of the things I’m looking forward to is the IDC KSA CIO Summit speaker line-up. I invite you to join me and a host of local, regional, and international experts for valuable business insights from some of the world’s top tech minds that help us fine tune our products, solutions, and strategies moving forward.

The way businesses operate has changed drastically since the pandemic. It was a catalyst for many organisations to take the plunge into digital transformation projects or accelerated planned projects by years. Businesses today are responding to changes in the market where the need to adapt and innovate remain key to staying competitive.

Automation can deliver businesses wide spread value that is recognised all the way at the board of companies. In fact in the region, we are seeing that 60% of leaders within banking, insurance and financial services are committed to expanding their automation journeys in the next 12 months.

From innovating on business models or retaining talent, businesses in the region are using UiPath Business Automation Platform to drive digital initiatives. We are seeing that software automation and software robots will become as important to businesses as email. Soon every employee within an organization will have one.

Data analytics is becoming as critical to an enterprise’s business practices as accounting, payroll, and strategic planning. The best data analytics platforms allow you gain deep insights into where your business is heading. Whether your organization is shifting all its data to the cloud or taking a hybrid approach, Vertica provides the most performant analytical database with complete flexibility for on-premises, cloud, and any combination for hybrid deployments.

Available in a fully managed SaaS option, or as a customer-managed platform, Vertica is fully “cloud-agnostic,” allowing analytics teams to configure their environment as they choose. Vertica supports a hybrid cloud infrastructure, combining any public cloud service and private cloud resources and enabling applications to be managed and ported between them. By implementing a hybrid cloud, you can increase flexibility, performance, and scalability. It paves the way for digital transformation while maintaining complete control of the data offering the following benefits:

• Avoid single point of failure scenarios
• Escape public cloud lock-in
• Create a strategy for more predictable pricing
• Place workloads in the right place for price/performance
• Own the data and leverage the cloud at the same time

Read more about Vertica’s hybrid cloud capabilities

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