The IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2020 agenda incorporated individually themed sessions that offered expert guidance on the latest trends in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, digital leadership, the future of work, intelligent automation, next-generation resilience and continuity, big data analytics, and cloud, to name just a few.
"Digital leadership will be critical for Saudi organizations as they look to unleash the full potential of digital transformation," said Hamza Naqshbandi, IDC's Regional Director for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. "With the global COVID-19 pandemic adding yet more complexity to the digital decision-making process, today's event provided an ideal opportunity to advise the Kingdom's businesses and government organizations on enabling competitive business models and identifying opportunities for growth and sustainability in these unprecedented times."
The event culminated with the IDC Digital Excellence Awards 2020 as IDC recognized the efforts of Saudi Arabia's foremost IT leaders in conceptualizing and successfully delivering game-changing transformation initiatives for their organizations across four different categories. The winners were as follows:
'CIO of the Year' – Sultan Daifullah Abukoshaim (Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization)
'CISO of the Year' – Khalid Suliman Al-Harbi (Saudi Aramco)
'Excellence in Dıgıtal Innovatıon' – Eng. Faisal Ahmed Bakhashwain (Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development)
'Excellence in Line-of-Business Transformation Excellence' – Sajan Nair (Herfy Food Services)
The judging panel for the IDC Digital Excellence Awards 2020 included senior IDC figures and the following esteemed members of IDC's CIO Advisory Board for Saudi Arabia:
- Eng. Ali Al Asiri, CEO, Yesser
- Mr. Hisham A. Alsheikh, Deputy CEO, Yesser
- H.E. Dr. Esam A. Alwagait, Director, National Information Center
- Mr. Darryn Warner, Executive Director of IT, NEOM
- Mr. Ibrahim Almoqbil, Chief Support Services Officer, General Entertainment Authority
- Mr. Saleh Saleh, CIO & Executive Vice President of IT, National Commercial Bank
IDC would like to thank the following partners for their invaluable contribution to the success of the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2020:Summit Partners – VMware, Trend Micro, Red Hat, Software AG, Nokia, and Fortinet; Platinum Partners – VMware Carbon Black, Nutanix, Cisco Systems, Dell Technologies, Automation Anywhere, UiPath, Oracle, and BMC Software; Technology Focus Group Partners – BlackBerry, Google Cloud, Rimini Street, Nahil Computers, HCL Technologies, OpenText, Cybereason, DETASAD, and Mindware / RSA; Exhibit Partners – Pure Storage, Hawsabah, Lenovo, and CEQUENS; Strategic Partners – Yesser and Dubai Internet City; Government Partner – Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development.
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