Published on February 13, 2024, 3:21 am

Get ready for the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2024, where industry leaders will gather to explore the future of IT in an AI-driven world. This annual event, now in its 17th year, will delve into the transformative power of AI and provide essential guidance on navigating its influence across industries.

The summit will feature expert speakers who will dissect the reality of an ‘AI Everywhere’ world and empower IT leaders to understand their new roles in today’s AI-infused landscape. They will also present essential guidance on achieving success in this new world and crafting innovative solutions to current and emerging challenges.

Recent breakthroughs in generative AI (GenAI) are reshaping the technological landscape at an unprecedented rate. According to IDC forecasts, annual worldwide spending on AI-centric systems is expected to exceed $300 billion USD by 2026. This highlights the importance for technology leaders to develop GenAI implementation strategies by prioritizing key areas such as business model building, internal operational improvements, risk mitigation, and overall organizational efficiency.

“The IDC Middle East CIO Summit has been the platform of choice for industry leaders across the region for the past 17 years,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa. “We aim to empower the ICT ecosystem to develop their capabilities and thrive in the ever-evolving digital era.”

The summit offers a unique platform for IT leaders to discuss the latest tech trends, network with peers, and discover what they need to accelerate their digital journeys and prepare for the future of AI. It provides an opportunity to move away from daily office routines and engage with other CIOs facing similar challenges across various industries.

With two days packed full of insightful sessions led by IDC analysts, CIOs can expect to gain research-backed insights that will equip them to successfully lead business operations’ modernization. Additionally, given the uncertain geopolitical environment, digital sovereignty in regulated sectors like government, financial services, healthcare, and oil and gas will be a major focus of attention.

The summit will also feature sessions led by CIOs themselves, providing first-hand perspectives on various topics. These sessions will cover areas such as AI-created threats and new risks related to AI usage, the growth of OT digitalization and its vulnerabilities, as well as cloud and application security challenges.

As the event emphasizes the importance of security in today’s digital landscape, it aims to address the concerns and advancements made in this field. The emergence of AI-created threats, the growth of OT digitalization, and the challenges surrounding cloud and application security will be examined closely.

Jason Roos, CIO at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and a member of the IDC Advisory Council, expressed his enthusiasm for the summit. He believes that attending the IDC Middle East CIO Summit provides an opportunity to learn about new technology developments across industries and regions while sharing ideas with fellow CIOs.

In conclusion, the IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2024 is set to be a content-rich event that offers IT leaders insights into cutting-edge technology trends. With a focus on navigating an AI-driven world successfully, attendees can expect valuable knowledge-sharing opportunities that will help them accelerate their digital journeys and prepare for future challenges in their respective industries.

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