International Data Corporation (IDC) today formally announced the latest installment of its groundbreaking West Africa CIO Summit, confirming that the event will take place on May 13–14 at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
This year’s edition will run under the theme ‘ Where IT Meets Business’ will attract more than 150 CIOs, technology decision makers, government advisors from across the region and will drive 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.
Country Manager for IDC West Africa Bola Adisa, said “the annual CIO Summit continues to grow from strength to strength and plays an important role in both shaping and reflecting opinion across the region’s continuously evolving ICT sector.
“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, the West Africa CIO Summit 2015 will explore the need for IT plans to encompass strong business metrics alongside the existing IT-related metrics that typically examine application delivery in isolation.”
IDC is also pleased to announce the introduction of five unique, informative workshops based around its IT Executive Programs. Designed to help today’s time-constrained IT executives make more effective technology decisions, these sessions will serve up timely discussions on mitigating technology risks, maximizing the effectiveness of IT investments, identifying and capitalizing on new IT opportunities, and implementing cutting-edge tech solutions that are tightly aligned with overall business objectives.
With the event representing the largest social gathering of CIOs in West Africa, numerous local ICT vendors will join a host of major global giants to present their unique insights into the latest trends shaping tech adoption across the region, while a variety of senior line-of-business executives will also be on hand to offer that all-important non-IT perspective.
To ensure the very latest technologies are covered at the West Africa CIO Summit 2015, IDC has partnered with some of the world’s foremost ICT players, including EMC and Vodacom as Summit Partners; Dell, Sunnet Systems (in co-partnership with IBM), SAP, and Oracle as Platinum Partners; Netapp and MTN Business Nigeria as Gold Partners; Magic Software and FVC as Exhibit Partners; and Winnigroup as a Lunch Partner.