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17th-18th February, 2016 |

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

  • 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

  • Sign Up for Golf

    IDC's Middle East CIO Summit 2016 is not all about sitting in meeting rooms and discussing your organization's IT strategy. So why not walk and talk instead while taking in the breathtaking surroundings of the world-renowned Yas Links golf course?

    For the first time in 2016, IDC is offering an afternoon of golf for CFOs, CMOs, and CIOs alike. Whether you are an expert or a first timer, we have a tailored golf experience that will suit your needs.

    So book your spot with us and get swinging!!!

  • 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.

  • Exclusive CMO Roundtable

    In a rapidly evolving technology landscape where every organization needs to keep pace with the most recent developments, the CMO plays a vital role in both driving and monitoring the progress of the organization.

    CMOs in this new era must not only be customer savvy but also business savvy, tech savvy, and data savvy. And as we embark on a journey of true digital transformation, every successful marketer needs to master the power of old and new world marketing. If any of these elements are compromised, they will undermine the CMO's ability to thrive in this new ultra-competitive landscape.

    Join us for this exclusive roundtable and hear from leading marketing pioneers who are blazing trails with ICT at their fingertips, mobility at their core, social as a fundamental customer experience channel, and analytics as a critical competitive tool.

  • Networking Dinner aboard Yacht

    What better way to relax after a hectic first day at the Summit than by enjoying beautiful views of the Abu Dhabi skyline from on board a luxury yacht? Join us for this exclusive Networking Dinner and meet with your peers, colleagues, and industry experts in relaxed surroundings as professional entertainers help set the perfect mood.

    The Yacht departs at 7:30 pm

  • Celebrity Speaker

    For the first time in the Middle East, IDC brings you:

    Gerry Pennell
    CIO of the London Olympic Organising Committee for 2012

    As CIO of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Gerry Pennell facilitated the most technologically connected Games ever, deploying more than 110,000 pieces of equipment and delivering what became the most popular sports website in the world.

    Over the course of the Olympics and Paralympics, Gerry's team of 190 people – based out of a dedicated Technology Operations Centre in Canary Wharf – monitored the Games' entire IT systems, including, which ultimately garnered in excess of 338.3 billion page views – a true gold medal achievement.

Key Themes

  • Leading Your Organization's Digital Transformation
  • Creating Business Value using "Internet of Things"
  • Prediction 2016: Major ICT Trends and Developments over the next five years
  • 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
  • Women Leaders in IT: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Key Facts

  • The IDC Middle East 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 150 CIOs and senior executives from the top 500 companies and largest enterprises across Middle East.
  • 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 Middle East’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


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.