4th-5th May, 2016 |

Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina
King Abdullah Economic City

  • Overview

    The CIO Summit is a unique opportunity for CIOs and Senior ICT professionals to gain insight from industry experts as well as real–world experience from CIOs on critical business and technology issues. The CIO Summit brings you two days of learning, peer sharing and exploring the latest IT and Business trends that will help shape and benefit your business and help you drive your IT Initiatives in the right direction all year long. This is your chance to hear from the best of the best as they reveal all they know about new trends, new technologies and proven IT strategies for your business!

  • Complimentary IT Executive Program (IEP) Workshop

    IDC’s IT Executive Programs consist of a family of research programs intended to help today’s time-constrained technology professionals make more effective technology decisions. Based on the excellent feedback received last year, we are pleased to announce that IDC would be repeating these informative workshops again in 2016 based on new topics and themes. Click here to know more about IEP http://www.idc.com/itexecutive

  • Exclusive CFO Roundtable

    Technology is playing an increasingly strategic role in the ability of organizations to compete in a rapidly evolving business environment, and CFOs are increasingly being called upon to determine critical aspects of IT strategy and implementation. This new dynamic has created the need for CFOs to expand their knowledge beyond just bottom-line assessments of IT decisions.

    Against this backdrop, this roundtable will explore a range of emerging IT-related finance issues, drawing on expert insights and real-life case studies to enhance CFO awareness of the prevailing IT landscape. Join us to discuss with your peers the ten most critical IT financial management topics for the CFO agenda in 2016.

Saudi Arabia has been fairly resilient to economic downturns in the past when governments across the region were swift to step in and bail out many of the large corporate houses, drawing on the surpluses they had accrued over the years through higher oil prices, which were then well above $100/per barrel. The oil price has since fallen to a low of $30 and recovered slightly to $35.

The challenges presented by the current scenario have been brought about by an amalgamation of macroeconomic and geopolitical issues. The combination of lower oil prices and the government's commitment to supporting and funding other Middle East countries through their own turbulent times is having a significant impact on the government's budgets and plans for transformational projects.

This means the government itself is now facing deficits, cost pressures, and serious budget cuts, so where do businesses turn for a bail out during such transitioning times? For enterprises in the Kingdom, it is now all about "survival of the fittest", and IT will once again have to come to the rescue.

The challenges for CxOs in such a scenario are threefold:

  • The impact of a market slowdown on revenues and profitability
  • The rapidly changing delivery and consumption models of products and services
  • The constantly increasing pressure to do more with less.

As always, IT has a critical role to play during these turbulent times by driving business transformation, introducing new levels of agility, and inspiring IT and business innovation. With this in mind, IDC's Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2016 will advise CIOs on improving their IT infrastructure management strategies and share insights into a range of next-generation technologies that can help drive true business transformation during these transitioning times.

Key Themes

  • Leading Your Organization's Digital Transformation
  • Creating Business Value using "Internet of Things"
  • Developing Synergies to Establish Smart Ecosystems
  • Innovating with Converged Infrastructure
  • Rethinking Security for the Digital Enterprise
  • Creating a "Seamless" Mobile Experience
  • Building the Digital Government
  • A "Cloud First" Approach
  • Prediction 2016: Major ICT Trends and Developments over the next five years

Key Facts

  • IDC's Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2016 is a thought-leading and invitation-only event focused on the business impact of digital transformation supported by IT.
  • Attended by a select 100 CIOs and senior executives from the top 500 companies and largest enterprises across the Kingdom.
  • The exclusive nature of this summit will keep it both unique and on an intimate scale.
  • The exclusivity and informal format of the event allows for the most engaging conversations and in-depth discussions to take place in a stunning five-star environment.
  • An industry leading and content-driven agenda developed through in-depth IDC expertise and a dedicated advisory board comprising of end-user executives and academics.
  • A highly interactive format, including golf sessions, dinner cruise, informal roundtables and celebrity speaker
  • IDC has developed the summit so that every delegate will leave enriched — whether it be with plans for innovative and forward-looking business and IT initiatives, or new project opportunities for partners.

Who Will Attend

The CIO Summit is a highly-focused, ‘C’ level summit for Saudi Arabia’s leading technology thinkers including:

  • CIOs
  • CTOs
  • CFOs
  • CMOs
  • IT Directors
  • Senior IT executives
  • IT Managers and other senior business executives

The event is designed to appeal to those with a strategic focus on business and the role that technology plays in their company’s ability to remain competitive

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About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community makes fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 51 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events Company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com


For the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Casablanca, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insight with an international perspective to provide a comprehensive understanding of markets in these dynamic regions. Our market intelligence services are unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey currently fields over 125 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region.