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IDC and ITIDA to Explore Egypt's Digital Transformation Potentials as CIO Summit Returns to Cairo

CAIRO, Egypt, April 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- International Data Corporation (IDC) (www.IDC.com) today formally announced details of its second annual Egypt CIO Summit (www.idcEgyptsummit2016.com) to be hosted in partnership with ITIDA at Cairo's Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Monday, April 11. Held under the patronage of Yasser El Kady, Egypt's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, the ICT-focused event represents the largest gathering of CIOs, business heads, and technology thought leaders in Egypt and will this year run under the theme 'Leading Your Organization's Digital Transformation'.

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"Egypt is increasingly being exposed to a new wave of disruptive technologies that present incredible opportunities to drive innovation and value creation across all facets of the organization," says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. "At IDC, we believe the single most important competency required to thrive in this new digital economy is the ability to rapidly respond to changing conditions within the ecosystem in which the organization resides. The ultimate aim must be to deliver a compelling customer experience that seamlessly blends the digital and the physical worlds, but success in this regard will only come with a whole new level of enterprise-wide collaboration that encompasses the entire CxO value chain."

Against this backdrop, IDC has announced that it will host two workshops on the sidelines of this year's Egypt CIO Summit based around its IT Executive Programs (IEP). Some of IDC's most respected global vice presidents will be flying in to host these workshops, which will explore the very latest developments in the areas of cloud hosting and enterprise mobility. IDC will also host four technology-focused tracks that will present expert insights into the issues currently shaping ICT investment across the wider region. Joining them on the agenda will be two entirely new sessions that will explore the business value of Internet of Things and the rise of Smart City initiatives in Egypt.

"Recognizing the importance of creating the right ecosystem for technology to flourish, the Egyptian government is working on a number of strategic initiatives to accelerate the process of digital transformation," says Asmaa Hosny, ITIDA's newly appointed CEO. "The implementation of Smart Cities is among our top priorities, with plans already in place to establish state-of-the-art technology parks across Egypt, thereby enabling technology diffusion across all areas and facets of businesses. This comes in line with a multi-dimension strategy administered by MCIT and ITIDA to foster ICT innovation, invest in startups, and capitalize on talent nationwide."

IDC is delighted to welcome ITIDA as its Strategic Partner for the Egypt CIO Summit 2016, as well as Dell, Intel, EMC and Aruba as Summit Partners and Veeam and Juniper Networks (in association with Salec) as Gold Partners.

For more information about IDC's Egypt CIO Summit 2016 and to learn about the range of flexible partnership opportunities on offer, please contact Ms. Ronita Bhattacharjee, associate vice president for conferences at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, on +971 4 391 2747 or at rbhattacharjee@idc.com. You can also tweet about the Summit using the hashtag #IDCEGYPTCIO or visit the dedicated event website www.idcEgyptsummit2016.com

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of International Data Corporation (IDC).

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International Data Corporation (IDC) (www.IDC.com) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight help 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 subsidiary of IDG (http://www.IDG.com), the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.IDC.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC (https://twitter.com/IDC).

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About ITIDA
The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) is a governmental entity affiliated to Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). It is responsible for growing and developing Egypt's position as a leading global outsourcing location by attracting foreign direct investment to the industry and maximizing the exports of IT services and applications. Located in the heart of the modern business environment at Smart Village, the 600-acre business park on the outskirts of Cairo, ITIDA is a self-sustainable entity that drives the IT industry in Egypt and raises awareness among the Egyptian people of the benefits and use of ICT to advance the socioeconomic welfare of the entire community.

Source:International Data Corporation(IDC)