IDC to host 2016 CIO Summit in South Africa


International Data Corporation (IDC) today, 6 April 2016, announced the return of its annual South African CIO Summit, which will be held at the Emperors Palace Hotel in Johannesburg on 20 to 21 April 2016.

For the first time in the event’s history, the CIO Summit will not only target the country’s leading technology executives, but will also welcome influential finance and marketing leaders in a nod to the shifting dynamics that are shaping technology investments around the world today.

Digital transformation efforts are at the core of investment decisions and line-of-business (LoB) executives now clearly have a critical role to play alongside the CIO in facilitating this journey.

A recent global study conducted by IDC shows that at least 45% of technology spending undertaken by organizations is now drawn from budgets outside of the IT department.

Meanwhile, South African trends underpin the CIO focus on transformative technologies with enterprise mobility already implemented by 20% of organizations interviewed in 2015 and indicated as a planned investment by 37% of CIOs in 2016. Similarly, significant business impact technologies are gaining momentum, with Big Data – for example – currently implemented at only 6% of organizations but indicated as a key investment priority by 35% of CIOs.

While the CIO remains the prime leader of technology decisions, it is becoming increasingly difficult for vendors to ignore the rise of LoB influence. Chief financial officers (CFOs) and chief marketing officers (CMOs) are now among the most influential decision makers, particularly in relation to critical business disruptors such as cloud, mobility, social, and Big Data analytics.

The two-day CIO Summit will present an in-depth analysis of the latest trends currently shaping the South African ICT market, focusing on key CIO priorities such as enabling the process of digital transformation, creating business value through the Internet of Things (IoT), and managing the implications of a constantly evolving cybersecurity landscape. The agenda will also include a number of vertical-focused tracks enabling attendees to customize their experience to meet their individual needs.

Attendees can expect to hear from the following keynote speakers at the event:

  • Joseph Pucciarelli – Group Vice President & IT Executive Advisor, IDC
  • Bill Keyworth – Vice President of Research, IDC
  • Matt Eastwood – Senior Vice President for Enterprise Infrastructure and Datacenters, IDC
  • Mark Walker – Associate Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC
  • George Kalebaila – Senior Research Manager for Telecoms and Media, IDC
  • Andries Lombaard – Country Manager for South Africa, IDC

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