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Digital Event | October 14


Time Event & Speakers

Welcome Address

Jyoti Lalchandani
Group Vice President & Regional Managing Director (META), IDC

Insights by Government Affiliation


Opening Keynote: The Five Stages to Enterprise Recovery: Charting Your Course to the Next Normal

Crawford Del Prete
President, IDC Worldwide
Mike Tyson is famous for saying that everyone has a strategy until they are punched in the face. The current pandemic has certainly been an unexpected blow for companies and forced a complete reshaping of digital strategies. In this session, Crawford Del Prete will take the audience through IDC’s five stages of recovery and offer insight and guidance on best practices for getting through the economic aftermath and recalibrating for the long term reality – the Next Normal.

The Digital Backbone: Enabling Multiplied Innovation

With the Kingdom ramping up its DX journey, concrete steps are being taken to adopt cloud as a foundation of the emerging second chapter of the 3rd Platform era, which is centered on multiplied innovation. Across the world, developers are leveraging platforms and/or communities that use cloud-based AI, open source containers, machine learning, robotics, Internet of Things, and blockchain technologies. This emerging multiplied innovation operating model supports connected and collective innovations among communities of digital innovators who work for many different organizations. This distributed innovation model will allow organizations in Saudi Arabia to deploy multiple offerings that move to market faster at a massive scale.


Next-Generation Enterprise IT – Managing a Hybrid-Cloud Environment


Enhancing Saudi Arabia’s Cybersecurity Posture to Drive DX Success

In today’s cyberthreat-laden world, organizations face the challenge of maintaining a secure infrastructure that yields the most efficient outcomes across all lines of business. Organizations are required to implement a proactive. Automated, and standardized security strategy that mitigates threats and measures its success through relevant KPIs. This session will cover the innovative strategies being implemented throughout the Kingdom to optimally secure an organization’s digital operations while maintaining output integrity and workflow efficiency. IDC research shows that cybersecurity is indeed amongst the most critical challenges facing organizations in Saudi Arabia, one that makes the need for innovative solutions and strategies from technology vendors more important than ever. Today, the Kingdom’s National Cybersecurity Authority (NCS) is highly active in its efforts to minimize cybersecurity threats to both the public and private sectors through standardized policies, frameworks, criteria, guidelines, and regulations.

Platinum Parallel Session (Parallel Sessions)

Track A

12:50 - 13:25

Putting Security at the Heart of the Business

Hamza Naqshbandi
Country Manager (Saudi Arabia & Bahrain), IDC

Track B

12:50 - 13:25

Sustaining Business Continuity

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President, Research (META), IDC

Track C

12:50 - 13:25

AI and Machine Learning: The Digital Customer Experience in Real Time

Matthew Eastwood
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure & Datacenters, IDC

Technology Focus Group Track Sessions (Parallel Sessions)

Technology Focus Group A

13:25 - 14:40

Next-Generation Security & Resilience

Uzair Mujtaba
Program Manager — IDC Saudi Arabia

Technology Focus Group B

13:25 - 14:40

Artificial Intelligence: A Slow-Motion Explosion

Jawad Khalil
Program Manager, Telecoms KSA, IDC

Technology Focus Group C

13:25 - 14:40

Building Hybrid Clouds for the Digital Era

Harish Dunakhe
Research Director, Research Director, Software and Cloud, META

Technology Focus Group D

13:25 - 14:40

The Future of Work: Adapting Your Workplace to the Evolution of People, Processes, and Systems

Hamza Naqshbandi
Country Manager (Saudi Arabia & Bahrain), IDC

Technology Focus Group E

13:25 - 14:40

Harnessing the Power of Big Data and Analytics: Understand, Learn, and Target Needs

Ranjit Rajan
Associate Vice President, Research (META), IDC

IDC CIO Excellence Awards


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