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Publication date: 22 Sep 2022

IDC to Host CIO Summit in Qatar as Digital Transformation Accelerates Across the Country Ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022


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Doha – The significant acceleration of digital agendas over the past two years has resulted in a continuously changing and increasingly digitally driven world. As Qatar prepares to host the FIFA World Cup later this year, unprecedented technological innovations within the country have reached all-time high. In fact, recent research from International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that 57% of Qatari organizations have introduced new digital products and services over the last 12-18 months, while 70% have increased cost efficiencies through the digitalization of operations.

"CIOs in Qatar have rapidly digitalized operations and enabled new digital business models and ecosystem partnerships for the FIFA World Cup and beyond," says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. "They have carried out widespread technology implementations, ranging from enabling cloud operational excellence and developing agile infrastructure to supporting application modernization, process automation, and security. Leveraging the FIFA World Cup as a catalyst to drive its digital economy and expand its ICT ecosystem, Qatar is ideally positioned to attract investments in emerging industries and drive innovation while showcasing itself as a digital-first country."

Against this backdrop, the 2022 edition of the IDC Qatar CIO Summit will explore the increasing pace of innovation in Qatar and examine the country’s evolving technology landscape. Taking place on September 27 at the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas, the event will reveal how technological innovation has created a more competitive, diversified, and productive ICT sector that can meet the demands of the country's rising digital economy.

Ranjit Rajan, IDC's vice president for research in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, will open the day's proceedings by presenting the event's keynote address, 'Innovating in a Digital-First World', in which he will urge organizations to respond to the unprecedented uncertainty of the last few years by embracing a digital-first approach to building resilience into their operations.

"The journey to the future digital enterprise has accelerated, driven by significant investments in new customer experiences, new digital ecosystem business models, digital supply chains, and Future of Work initiatives," says Rajan. "All of this must be supported by resilient cloud-enabled digital infrastructure and applications, rapid app development, digital platforms, data-driven and AI-enabled intelligence, and security and trust. Strong leadership, an appetite for innovation, and a sound strategy for addressing regulations will all be key to driving the future digital agenda." 

IDC's annual CIO Summit series across the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa has long been the place to come for thought-provoking, in-depth discussions about cutting-edge tech solutions, emerging use cases, and proven strategies for driving success. Since 2008, it has served as the ICT community's premier source of learning about the industry's latest developments. This year's third-annual installment in Qatar will feature an intricately tailored agenda of informative presentations, in-depth discussions, and expert-led panel sessions on today's hottest ICT issues. The event will showcase insights from respected regional technology thought leaders such as:

Dr. Mohamed A. Elhindi, CIO, University Technology Services, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

John Makarios, Vice President of IT, QInvest

Kamal Gupta, Head of IT, Galfar

Mohammad Zaid Al Kilani, CIO, Al Koot Insurance and Reinsurance Company

Alexandra Tarazi, Executive Director of Health Information and Communication Technology, Primary Health Care Corporation

Fulya Plas, Chief Risk Officer, Qatar First Bank (QFB)

Amr Metwally, Assistant Executive Director, Itqan Clinical Simulation and Innovation Center, and Co-Founder, QWELL

Eng. Muna Salem Alfadhli, Director of Information Systems, Ministry of Education and Higher Education

The IDC Qatar CIO Summit 2022 is supported by: Host Partner: Microsoft; Digital Transformation Partner: Dell Technologies / Intel / VMware; Summit Partners: Cloud4C, Hewlett Packard Enterprise / Intel / Mannai, Cisco / Mannai; Platinum Partners: NetApp / Mannai; Technology Focus Group Partners: GlassHouse, Udacity, Fortinet, Orange Business Services; Exhibit Partners: ManageEngine, Symphony SummitAI.    

To learn more about the IDC Qatar CIO Summit 2022, please contact Sheila Manek at  or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDCQATARCIO.

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