By : Bakinam Khaled - Nahla Ahmed
More than 120 of East Africa's most influential IT and business decision makers are set to gather online tomorrow (June 10) for the 8th annual installment of the IDC East Africa CIO Summit. Hosted on IDC's industry-leading virtual platform, the event will bring together senior business leaders, influential IT heads, and respected industry analysts to share their collective expertise around the theme 'Innovative Digital Strategies: Evolving to the Demands of a New Reality'.
"The end goal for any business looking to thrive in the new reality must be the enablement of a 'Future Enterprise'," says Mark Walker, IDC's associate vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa. "At IDC, our vision of the future enterprise is an organization that leverages technology to underpin every single process, initiative, and value chain. To reach this state, organizations must prioritize the creation of dynamic work models, innovative services, and pervasive experiences."
The IDC East Africa CIO Summit 2021 will combine presentations, panel discussions, real-life use cases, and individual technology tracks to give delegates exclusive guidance on overcoming the challenges and disruptions that continue to lie in wait. IDC's chief research officer, Meredith Whalen, will present the Summit's keynote address, 'The Future Enterprise: Developing Digital Resiliency', in which she will warn the region's businesses that COVID-19 will not be the last disruption they face.
"The digital economy — which relies heavily on the continued flow of goods and services around the globe, as well as on transformational technology platforms and business innovation — will create more cycles of disruption to business operations and models than any other economic period," says Whalen. "Organizations looking to succeed in this new reality will need to employ a new C-Suite agenda if they are to become masters at pivoting rapidly, capitalizing on change, and driving innovation in times of uncertainty."
For the very first time, this year's IDC East Africa CIO Summit will also incorporate a dedicated CIO Masterclass Arena that attendees can access throughout the course of the event. This section of the virtual platform will showcase a series of exclusive CXO best-practice presentations, fireside chats, and panel discussions with more than 30 international and regional industry thought leaders.
The CIO Masterclass Arena will host technology-based sessions on the future of work, security, artificial intelligence, and cloud, as well as a series of vertical-focused sessions targeting the latest challenges and developments in specific industries .