CIOs and IT leaders in South Africa need to prepare their organizations for an ‘AI Everywhere’

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CIOs and IT leaders in South Africa need to prepare their organizations for an 'AI Everywhere'
CIOs and IT leaders in South Africa need to prepare their organizations for an 'AI Everywhere'

This year’s edition of the IDC South Africa CIO Summit will explore the new GenAI reality, addressing the theme ‘The Future of IT: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI Everywhere World’.

This is an exclusive interview conducted by the Editor Team of CIO News with Mark Walker, Associate VP, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC.

What is your vision for the future of AI in South Africa? 

The inevitable rise of AI is impacting every aspect of our lives, especially in the world of business. In order to accelerate and achieve their goals, organizations need to implement AI solutions and stay ahead in the digital world. IDC forecasts that annual spending on AI-centric systems worldwide will surpass $300 billion by 2026, while ICT spending in Sub-Saharan Africa will exceed $110 billion by 2027. CIOs and IT leaders in South Africa need to prepare their organizations for an ‘AI Everywhere’ if they are to thrive.

What role will the IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2024 play in fostering constructive dialogue on the impact of AI?

This year’s edition of the IDC South Africa CIO Summit will explore the new GenAI reality, addressing the theme ‘The Future of IT: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI Everywhere World’. It will examine the pivotal shift that is reshaping the region’s IT landscape and provide essential guidance on navigating AI’s transformative influence across industries.

The event will serve as an unrivalled platform for empowering tech leaders and helping them understand their new role in today’s AI-infused landscape. Expert speakers will share advice on accelerating the digital journey, preparing for the future of AI, and leveraging innovative solutions to overcome current and emerging AI-related challenges.

What can attendees expect to gain from participating in the IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2024? 

Attendees can expect to gain invaluable research-backed insights from IDC analysts, while industry experts will share proven strategies for harnessing the power of AI and other emerging technologies to drive digital transformation. With the summit’s focus on fostering collaboration and innovation, attendees will have a unique opportunity to network and engage in discussions with over 500 senior IT decision-makers from across the country.

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