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The 10th Edition of IDC CIO Summit Held Successfully in Saudi Arabia

Recently, International Data Corporation (IDC) organized this year's virtual  IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit. The summit took place on October 14th and offered an immersive virtual experience for all participants. All attendees were able to share ideas and thoughts using presentations and panel discussions, use of video chat tools to connect also with exhibitors, and interact with IDC delegates and their peers in designated networking zones, providing a unique opportunity to understand and contextualize the progress of Saudi Arabia's digital transformation drive.

“Held under the theme 'Connecting Leaders to Empower Digital Transformation', the 10th annual edition of the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit brought together the most influential CIOs in the Kingdom”, Hamza Naqshbandi, Regional Director for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, IDC stated, “Taking place virtually, the event connected pioneering ICT leaders through an immersive, interactive platform where they shared their technology and business challenges and discussed global best practices around disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity solutions, and cloud among others”.

More than 200 senior ICT leaders from across the public and private sectors with about a quarter of the attendees having senior IT roles within the Saudi government. The event explored, through various interactive sessions, digital transformation and its impact on the National Transformation Program and Vision 2030, and the latest trends in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital leadership, the future of work, intelligent automation (RPA), next-generation resilience and continuity, big data analytics, and cloud, to name just a few”.

Hamza Naqshbandi

Digital Transformation in Saudi Arabia

According to Naqshbandi, the Saudi government has been emphasizing the importance of technology in its strategic plans for several years and has made digital investments a top priority. “The pandemic hit us at a time when digital transformation was becoming mainstream and our recent research shows that despite a significant curtailment in ICT budgets, the vast majority of Saudi organizations intend to continue with their DX initiatives as planned. Interestingly, there is a rising sentiment among progressive Saudi organizations to initiate new DX projects to meet changing customer and operational needs”, he further elaborated.

IDC Digital Excellence Awards

Hamza Naqshbandi Revealed: “The IDC Digital Excellence Awards are probably the most recognizable tech/digital awards in Saudi Arabia. This was the third edition of the awards to be held in the Kingdom and we honored leading IT visionaries and pioneers across four categories — Excellence in Digital Innovation, Excellence in Line-of-Business Transformation, CISO of the Year, and CIO of the Year.

He also added: “The competition was extremely fierce, with more than 70 nominations received from across the public and private sectors. The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of national ICT leaders and prominent CIOs following a robust process of screening, shortlisting, and presenting to the judges”. 

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