IDC Announces Digital Economy Theme for Upcoming CIO Summit in South Africa

Johannesburg, April 4, 2022 – As the digital economy continues to expand at an unprecedented rate, International Data Corporation (IDC) is delighted to announce that this year’s edition of the annual IDC South Africa CIO Summit will take place on May 18 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg under the theme ‘Enabling the Digital Economy’s Leaders’.

“Across the region, we are increasingly seeing the growth of digitally enabled services, including remote healthcare, distance learning, mobile banking, and remote work, among others,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa. “As we navigate this digital landscape, it is critical to stay informed and prepared for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

“Digital-native companies have shaken up various industries through innovative business models and substantial venture capital funding. Their disruption has fueled growth in areas like ecommerce, direct-to-consumer services, digital payments, and cloud kitchens. The advent of the metaverse and Web3 paradigms is expected to drive further disruption, transforming individual, enterprise, and industrial digital experiences.”

Lalchandani will expand on these themes as he presents the event’s opening keynote, ‘Strategies for the CIO and Enterprise Innovation’. In this session, he will outline what CIOs need to do now — and in the future — to create an enabling environment for long-term sustainable innovation. This fast-paced keynote will highlight research on building a culture of trust, examine the move toward industry ecosystem innovation, and highlight the impact of decentralization.

The IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2023 will bring together the country’s leading IT and telecom executives, digital government pioneers, regulators, and industry thought leaders. With top CTOs and CIOs in attendance, the event will examine the current state of the digital economy, its impact on citizens, customers, employees, and operations, as well as the key challenges that need to be addressed. Attendees can expect to gain insights into proven best practices and strategies for driving future success.

The event will host a series of dedicated technology sessions that will stimulate critical thinking around topics such as:

  • Cyber Protection for Today and Tomorrow: Dynamic Security Strategies to Minimize Risk
  • Connecting the Distributed Cloud: From the Edge to the Core
  • Enabling the Data-Driven Enterprise  
  • Transitioning Through AI and Analytics: How to Win in the Intelligent Economy        

IDC is also thrilled to announce that the IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2023 will feature a special guest appearance by the renowned artist Neil Harbisson, who is the world’s first officially recognized human cyborg. Harbisson’s ground-breaking work has captivated audiences worldwide, as he uses a remarkable implant to “hear” colors and experience the world in a whole new way. The antenna-like device enhances Harbisson’s perception of light, giving him super-senses that have revolutionized the way he creates art and interacts with the world around him.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be inspired by Harbisson’s innovative work and learn about the future of technology in the arts and beyond.

IDC would like to thank the following regional CIO Advisory Council members for their invaluable contribution to IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2023:

  • Sne Dlamini, CIO, Discovery
  • Frans Cronje, Group CIO, Adcock Ingram
  • Louise van der Bank, CIO, AfriSam
  • Shalin Naidoo, CIO, DRD Gold
  • Basil Manos, Group CIO, Cullinan Holdings
  • Reinette Fourie, Executive Manager Information Technology, Medihelp
  • Luyanda Ntuane, CIO, MOTUS Car Rental Division
  • Reinhardt Gerber, Head of IT, Sea Harvest Corporation

To learn more about the IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2023, please click here or contact Sheila Manek at smanek@idc.com / +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDCSACIO.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,300 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology, IT benchmarking and sourcing, and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading tech media, data, and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC and LinkedIn. Subscribe to the IDC Blog for industry news and insights.

IDC in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa

For the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insights with international perspectives 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 130 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region. To learn more about IDC MEA, please visit www.idc.com/mea. You can follow IDC MEA on Twitter at @IDCMEA.

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