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Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

IDC Hosts Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow in Doha with Qatar's Foremost IT Decision Makers in Attendance


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Doha – Qatar's foremost IT decision makers gathered today at the Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas for the 2023 edition of the IDC Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow. Combining research-backed insights, informative presentations, and interactive panel discussions, the event addressed the theme 'Leveraging the Economics and Sustainability of Cloud in the Digital Era'.

"Across the region, cloud is serving as a catalyst for the transition to digital business, and we are seeing an accelerated shift toward a 'tech-as-a-service' economy," says Harish Dunakhe, IDC's research director for software and cloud in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. "Cloud-centric operating models are becoming integral to the process of modernizing IT environments, and digital transformation imperatives are increasingly driving organizations to embrace a multicloud approach. These multicloud platforms form the foundation of innovation; however, they also create fresh challenges for CIOs in terms of security and manageability."

Dunakhe explored these challenges as he presented the event's keynote, 'Delivering Enterprise Digital Transformation: Multicloud for Agile IT'. He outlined the latest developments in the Middle East's cloud landscape as organizations across the region increasingly embrace multicloud architecture. He also discussed the future of Cloud 2.0 and outlined the new market opportunities it is likely to create, while two fascinating panel discussions served up essential guidance on identifying the building blocks of an effective cloud strategy and leveraging cloud to shape a successful digital transformation journey.

The IDC Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow in Doha presented a deep dive into the current state of Qatar's cloud market, with a particular focus on the areas of cloud management, security, backup-as-a-service, governance, orchestration, sustainability, and customer engagement. An enviable lineup of expert speakers were on hand to present proven strategies for implementing digital-first business models, accelerating development and delivery, and driving innovation, with first-hand insights from some of the Kingdom's most respected industry thought leaders, including:

John Mankarios, Vice President, Information Technology, QInvest

Amr Metwally, Assistant Executive Director, Itqan Clinical Simulation & Innovation Center, Hamad Medical Corporation

Fateh Abu Hijleh, Head of IT, Darwish Engineering

Jeff Kersting, Director of Innovation & Technology, American School of Doha

Tarek Terk, Head of Infrastructure Technology, Ministry of Public Health

Chetiya Perera, Vice President, Global Methodology & Oversight, Global IT & IS Audit Group, Internal Audit Division, Qatar National Bank

Muneer Elakhras, Group Head of ICT, Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Co.

IDC would also like to thank the following partners for their invaluable contribution to the success of the IDC Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow in Qatar: Platinum Partners: IBM; Gold Partners: F5 / Starlink, Schneider Electric, Cisco / Mannai, Panduit / Mannai, NetApp / Mannai, OpenText, Splunk, Nutanix, Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) / Mannai.    

To learn more the IDC Cloud & Datacenter Roadshow, please click here  or contact Sheila Manek at    / +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDCCLOUDDC.    

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