June 14, 2017

Radissson Blu


09:50 - 10:20

Session 1: Developing the New IT Capabilities for Digital Transformation

Chaired by: Mark Walker, Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa

The strategic priorities of digital transformation are evolving quickly. Big bets are being placed; unusual techniques are being applied and new bars are being established. As the digital strategy directly drives the IT strategy, it is critical for CIOs to recalibrate their IT capabilities for the digital strategy. During this session, Mr. Mark will outline the new IT capabilities (processes, platforms, talent, governance) needed for digital transformation.

09:55 Panel Discussion: Collaborating with LoB Executive to Drive Datacenter & Cloud Adoption Chaired by Mark Walker, Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa

Increasingly, line-of-business executives are becoming key influencers – and often decision makers – in IT purchases. Digital transformation is breaking down organizational siloes and persuading IT to work more closely with their business counterparts. However, shadow IT is posing a considerable challenge for CIOs in some organizations. This session will discuss ways to align business and IT while driving digital transformation initiatives.

10:40 Tea/ Coffee & Networking


10:20 - 10:50

Session 2: Panel Discussion: From CIO to CDO: Innovate, Integrate and Incorporate

Chaired by Jyoti Lalchandani, Group Vice President & Regional MD, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey
This discussion will focus on how CIOs who want to lead the digital effort and enable the transformation process are acting as mentors and mobilising technology resources that will be more likely to lead the digital function in their enterprise


10:50– 11:20

Session 3: Digital Transformation- A World of Opportunities

Chaired by Jyoti Lalchandani, Group Vice President & Regional MD, IDC Middle East, Africa & Turkey

As we are moving into a new industrial era where software is becoming increasingly important new opportunities knocks on our doors. In order to convert them into new revenue streams we need to modernize our infrastructure and deliver up to date applications faster than ever. This session focus on the strategic changes needed to support a successful digital transformation.


12:00 - 12:30

Session 4: Driving Competitiveness with the Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT is becoming a reality in East Africa, with the concept already taking its place in the transformation plans of both public and private sector organizations. While manufacturing companies are heavily focusing on "Industry 4.0", retail and wholesale companies are using IoT to transform their supply-chain processes and in-store customer experiences. And there are many more examples across other verticals in the East Africa market, including finance, local government, and transportation. Against this backdrop, this session will examine the business benefits of leveraging IoT and outline the factors that must be considered when developing a comprehensive IoT strategy.


12:30 - 13:00

Session 5: Combating Cyber-Risks with Smart Security Solutions

Cybersecurity has a critical role to play in ensuring successful digital transformation, particularly as businesses look to exploit open ecosystems that make access to information far more fluid than ever before. As a target of high-profile cyberattacks, the region is already home to the very highest levels of awareness, and organizations are heavily investing not only in security products, but also in more value-added services such as consulting, vulnerability assessment, and managed security services. However, implementing dynamic security policies that can address emerging business needs is likely become a major challenge. As such, this session will examine the risks associated with the heightened cyberattack landscape and outline the main considerations for achieving a secure digital transformation.



Session 6: Driving Innovation, Delivering Better Business Outcomes, or Both?

Chaired by Mark Walker, Associate Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa

Today’s technology buyers are faced with three key challenges: how to leverage the advantages of 3rd Platform technologies; how to invest in 3rd Platform technologies to make the organization more innovative and competitive; and how to justify technology investments to stakeholders as these become multimillion-dollar decisions. Defining the expected outcomes of these investments and quantifying their impact is never easy. And in most cases, delivering digital products and services to market faster is one thing, while fostering a culture that actually enables innovation is entirely another. With this in mind, this session will discuss how organizations across the region can create a more collaborative and innovative environment that works towards achieving both of these goals.

14:05 IDC Overview



Session 7 : 2017 CIO Predictions: Preparing for the Future

As we enter this new digitally driven hyper-connected era, and despite tight budget and spending, organizations who can rapidly scale their digital transformation will be the thrivers in the digital economy. IDC FutureScape: 2017 CIO Predictions outline key Technology and Leadership trends set to shape the 3 years ahead, and offer guidance on the key imperatives that will impact strategic decisions for IT Executives. In this session, Jyoti Lalchandani will focus on a selection of key predictions and provide guidance to CIOs for managing the implications these predictions harbor and the impact on their investment priorities and implementation strategies.


For more information about IDC's East Africa CIO Summit 2017, please contact:

Deepa Ahuja, Conference Director | dahuja@idc.com | +91 981874 7089