International Data Corporation (IDC) last week launched the 2016 edition of its annual IT Forum for Africa, with events hosted in Dakar and Lagos on September 20 and 21, respectively.
More than 100 IT professionals attended the opening two editions, with similar numbers expected at upcoming events to be held in Tunis on September 29 and Nairobi on November 10.
“With a focus on enabling true digital transformation across the entire scale and breadth of the modern enterprise, the road-show provides a perfect platform for IT executives looking to gain a clearer understanding of the wave of digitally-empowered technologies and processes that are currently sweeping across Africa,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s Group Vice-President and Regional Managing Director for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.
The IDC IT Forum is targeted at IT professionals from across the region’s financial services institutions, telecommunications, government, oil and gas, manufacturing, and construction verticals, to name just a few, with senior IDC thought leaders presenting expert advice on the game-changing opportunities that exist for organisations willing to embrace the very latest digital transformation best practices.
And with the world’s leading IT vendors displaying their pioneering new products and services, this groundbreaking series of events provides an ideal opportunity for direct interaction between the providers of cutting-edge tech solutions and the IT professionals tasked with championing their implementation.
The IT Forum’s agenda explores strategies for improving efficiency, fostering innovation, reducing costs, and increasing business competitiveness, with a host of respected industry thought leaders taking to the stage.
These include the likes of Akin Banuso, Country Manager for Dell Nigeria; Roland Habre, MEA Sales Manager at Honeywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions; Dafe Gnabaly, Security Solutions Manager at Orange Business Services; Rufus Magbegor, IT Manager at Afren Energy; Oladimeji Kazeem, Head of ICT at PAL Pensions; Justice Anyai, Senior Security Consultant at Check Point; Ejike Osisioma, Group Head of ICT at Royal Exchange; and Alpha Oumar Diallo, IT Manager for MEA at Maersk Group.
A number of leading technology vendors have partnered with IDC for the IT Forum 2016, including Dell and Intel as Platinum Partners. Gold Partners include Orange Business Services, Honeywell, and Check Point, while Sophos, Fujitsu, and Oracle are participating as Exhibit Partners.