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    CIO Summit Opening

    Cairo, 31 March 2015
    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Khaled Negm inaugurated today the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Summit, organized by the International Data Corporation (IDC) during the period of 31 March to 1 April, in close cooperation with the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

    CIO Summit presents key developed ideas in market research, IT strategic consultancies and commercial projects.

    Under the slogan “IT Meets Business”, the CIO Summit is held under the patronage of Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab. The event has attracted more than 200 CIOs, technology decision makers, and government advisors from Egypt, the Levant and North Africa.

    With Egypt CIO Summit 2015 representing the country's largest social gathering of ICT, numerous local tech vendors joined a host of major global giants to present their unique perspectives on the latest trends shaping ICT adoption across the region.

    A diverse roster of senior line-of-business executives offered that all-important non-IT perspective, with the summit providing a unique opportunity for senior ICT executives to familiarize themselves with a raft of global ICT best practices, strategize around the latest third platform innovations, and partake in informal discussions with colleagues and peers.

    Negm has said that the summit is the largest gathering of ICT community in Egypt. He has praised the local and international companies’ keenness to share new visions regarding the latest trends that will re-shape the basis for information and communications technologies in the region.

    This requires more discussions over new challenges facing IT CIOs such as adopting the third platform of computing, big data, mobility and social network platforms, he has explained.

    According to Negm, Egypt CIO Summit 2015 drives home the importance of closely aligning IT and business functions at a time when organizations across the region are faced with the challenge of implementing emerging products and services while simultaneously trying to improve operational efficiency. 

    IDC Group Vice President and regional Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa Jyoti Lalchandani has stressed on the fact that IDC recognizes that the ability to rapidly correlate IT project spending with critical business priorities is essential, with CIOs increasingly required to demonstrate the business value of their projects and embrace the strategic benefits their businesses are striving to achieve.

    Against this backdrop, he has continued, Egypt CIO Summit 2015 will explore the need for IT plans to consider overarching business-led motivations alongside the existing IT-related metrics that typically examine application delivery from a purely technological standpoint.

    In his welcome address, ITIDA CEO Hussein El-Gueretly has highlighted the increasing necessity to have deeper insights into the latest trends and directions of the industry, especially from world leading industry analysts and experts such as IDC.

    “It is indeed our pleasure to continue our strategic relation and cooperation with IDC to enhance and develop the ICT sector in Egypt - at a time our sector is facing many challenges within a dynamically changing regional and global environment,” El-Gueretly has said.

    He has added that ITIDA aims to boost an advanced IT industry on the international level that will play a major role in the economic growth in Egypt. Moreover, hosting this major CIO Summit in Egypt will showcase impressive ideas, strategies and knowledge which in turn will have an impact worldwide on business and social levels.

    The event is the first in a series of eight summits that will take place later this year in the Middle East, Africa and the Levant region. IDC aims to organize similar events in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, East, West and South of Africa, francophone countries and Middle East regions.

    In August 2014, ITIDA signed a contract with IDC corporation to encourage the organization to hold CIO summits, in addition to the ITAP allowing a large database and over 5000 reports and statistics covering many fields, markets and targeted sectors.

    This is in addition to “Africa Together” program which aims to help local IT companies to seize cooperation opportunities with partners, business vendors and customers in the African markets, especially Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria. This could increase the business volume and exports to these markets through benefitting from the IDC researches and studies results.

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