IDC Middle East CIO Summit serves as a platform for fostering constructive dialogue between leading tech companies and influential ICT decision-makers

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IDC Middle East CIO Summit serves as a platform for fostering constructive dialogue between leading tech companies and influential ICT decision-makers
IDC Middle East CIO Summit serves as a platform for fostering constructive dialogue between leading tech companies and influential ICT decision-makers

The Middle East region has actively embraced AI, and this trend is expected to continue. AI applications, particularly in areas such as data analytics, cybersecurity, and automation, have the potential to significantly impact business success.

What is your vision for the future of IT in the Middle East, considering the rapid advancement of AI and digitalization?

The Middle East region has actively embraced AI, and this trend is expected to continue. AI applications, particularly in areas such as data analytics, cybersecurity, and automation, have the potential to significantly impact business success. Adapting to these new landscapes will drive innovation, enabling the region to harness the full potential of AI and digitalization.

Additionally, in 2024, the buzzword for CIOs is “transformation.” While transformation has traditionally been associated with digital transformation, this year it is more likely to be linked with AI-driven business transformation. The widespread adoption of AI technologies throughout businesses will necessitate organizations to develop their AI strategies and road maps, establish responsible AI policies, review their intelligence architecture, and invest in the reskilling and training of existing staff.

This year’s IDC Middle East CIO Summit is themed around ‘The Future of IT: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI Everywhere World’. Can you tell us more about the event?

This year’s 17th annual edition of the IDC Middle East CIO Summit will serve as a platform for fostering constructive dialogue between leading tech companies and influential ICT decision-makers. The summit will not only focus on AI but also address its impact on other technologies. The event will host some of the most influential tech leaders in the region, and the agenda will be guided by our impressive lineup of Advisory Council members from across the GCC. Additionally, we are delighted to announce that H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti will deliver the opening keynote address on day two of the event.

Why do you believe that embracing an ‘AI Everywhere’ mindset is no longer a choice but a necessity for organizations?

Embracing an ‘AI Everywhere’ mindset is important in several ways. Organizations that integrate AI across their operations are able to accelerate their business growth, enhance efficiency, drive innovation, and improve overall business performance. Additionally, such a mindset can help them achieve their business objectives more rapidly than organizations that do not embrace AI.

How will the IDC Middle East CIO Summit help the region’s tech leaders on their digital journeys?

The IDC Middle East CIO Summit has been a staple of the IT leadership agenda for the past 17 years, serving as an unrivaled platform for tech companies to connect and network with key decision makers from across the region. The summit provides a great opportunity to explore new trends, discuss current challenges and solutions, and delve into the hottest topics shaping the industry.

This year’s event will cover a range of pertinent issues, trends, and challenges, offering IT leaders critical insights to successfully navigate evolving business landscapes. Attendees will gain new perspectives, acquire leadership skills, and discover the latest technology products. By participating in the summit, tech leaders can stay at the forefront of industry developments, positioning themselves to drive innovation and positive change within their organizations.

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