Global technology research and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced that nominations for the upcoming ‘IDC CIO Excellence Awards 2018’ are now open.

With the winners being crowned during the 11th annual edition of IDC’s Middle East CIO Summit in February next year, the ‘IDC CIO Excellence Awards 2018’ will honor those IT leaders that have excelled in conceptualizing and delivering game-changing digital transformation initiatives for their organizations. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 15, 2017.

“Progressive CIOs across the region are increasingly leveraging digital technologies to transform their customer-engagement strategies, business operations, and operating models in order to compete and thrive in the new digital economy,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. “And with annual spending on digital transformation initiatives in the Middle East and Africa set to top $23 million next year, the time has come to recognize the region’s most successful and innovative digital trailblazers.”

With a focus on the tangible benefits brought about by such initiatives, awards will be handed out in the following categories:

  • ‘Best Customer Experience Transformation’
  • ‘Best Business Operations Transformation’
  • ‘Best Information Transformation’
  • ‘Best IT Service Transformation’
  • ‘CIO of the Year’

All nominees must have held the position of CIO (or equivalent) within an organization based in the Middle East for at least 24 months and must have demonstrated excellence in the fields of innovation, change management, IT governance, business enablement, and cost efficiency.

IDC’s Middle East CIO Summit 2018 will host more than 200 of the region’s most influential ICT leaders at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis hotel on February 21-22. Combining an eclectic mix of presentations, panel discussions, focus groups, and workshops, the Summit’s agenda for 2018 has been designed to help the region’s CIOs exploit the transformative powers of innovation accelerators such as robotics, artificial intelligence, next-gen security, and the internet of things.

In a new twist for 2018, the Summit will include a series of sessions focusing on the unique challenges and opportunities presented by some of the region’s key country markets, as well as 24 separate focus groups that will explore the industry’s very latest developments in an intimate roundtable setting, thereby enabling delegates to tailor their Summit experience to meet their own individual needs.

Away from the event’s main venue, attendees will be able to participate in various informal activities like golf, seaplane city tours, driving experiences at Yas Marina Circuit, and heritage desert safaris, to name just a few.

There will also be a dedicated awards ceremony to acknowledge the efforts of the Middle East’s most inspirational ICT leaders, confirming the CIO Summit’s status as the industry’s premier platform for networking and professional development.