IDC to Host the Middle East's ICT Partner Ecosystem for two Days

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 International Data Corporation (IDC) believes that one of the most notable outcomes of the pandemic for the technology industry has been the realization of improved results as a direct consequence of partnerships and collaboration, with the events of the last three years opening up even more opportunities for businesses to form multiple partnerships that fill skills gaps, drive innovation, and disrupt entire industries.

Against this backdrop, the Middle East's ICT partner ecosystem will be gathering at the UAE's InterContinental Fujairah Resort on November 9-10 for the region's inaugural installment of IDC Alliance. Showcasing the very latest in channel and alliance trends, this unique event will provide an unrivaled platform for ICT vendors and partners to enhance their relationships, explore emerging opportunities, and develop new leads.

"At a time when end-user organizations across all industries are shifting towards "digital-first" strategies to help build resilience and navigate a changed world, technology vendors, distributors, service providers, and other players are increasingly collaborating and co-creating through connected ecosystems to deliver digital value to customers," says Ranjit Rajan, IDC's vice president of research for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. "I'm delighted to be opening the region's first ever IDC Alliance event, where I will be examining the impact of tech ecosystems, partnership models, and partner transformation priorities, and discuss forces that will shape IT channels and alliances for the next 12 months and beyond."

The event will feature a dynamic agenda of informative presentations, networking opportunities, and fun activities hosted by senior IDC analysts and executives for a handpicked audience that will include some of the region's biggest names in technology and business.

Eng. Raed I. Al-Fayez, deputy governor for information technology and emerging technologies at Saudi Arabia's Communications, Space, and Technology Commission (CST) will present the event's keynote address, 'Developing a Vibrant Digital Ecosystem in Saudi Arabia', while Tejas Patel, managing director of Accenture Strategy and Consulting, will be on hand to outline the key strategic forces that all businesses must harness as the rapid rate of technology innovation continues to gather pace.

The agenda will include three dedicated technology tracks headed by senior executives from du, GBM, and Wipro that will serve up first-hand insights on how to successfully build and leverage effective partner ecosystems in the areas of cloud, security, and IoT. And a series of interactive panel discussions will provide strategic guidance on the following topics:

  • Ecosystems of the Future
  • Emerging Trends: The Future Tech and the Metaverse
  • Celebrating Women Leaders: A Diversity Journey to Success
  • Are You Aligned?
  • Sustainable Strategies and Technologies: Operationalization, Impact Measurability, and Business Value Creation

These not-to-be-missed sessions will feature exclusive insights from the IDC Alliance Advisory Council for the Middle East, whose members include:

  • Eng. Raed I. Al-Fayez, Deputy Governor for Information Technology and Emerging Technologies, Saudi Arabia's Communications, Space, and Technology Commission
  • Amr Refaat, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Business Machines (GBM)
  • Essam AlShiha, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Business Machines (SBM)
  • Viswanath Pallasena, Chief Executive Officer, Redington
  • Hatem Elkady, Chief Partnerships and Synergies Officer, solutions by stc
  • Gaby Matar, Executive Vice President, Solutions and Services, MDS System Integration Group
  • Sumanta Roy, Vice President and Regional Head, Middle East, Africa, and Mediterranean, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tejas Patel, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy and Consulting
  • Francisco Salcedo, General Manager, Enterprise, Middle East and Africa, Microsoft
  • Maya Zakhour, Channel Sales Director, Eastern Europe, META, Iberia, and Latin America, NetApp

To learn more about the Middle East's inaugural edition of IDC Alliance, please click here. Alternatively, you can contact Sheila Manek at   or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDCALLIANCE.

The Middle East edition of IDC Alliance is supported by Kuwait's Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) and a host of other partners, including NetApp / Ingram Micro, VMware / Ingram Micro, Dell / Intel, and Lenovo / Intel as Trailblazer Partners; Riverbed, SentinelOne, SBM, Cloudera, and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company as Game Changer Partners; and GCC Business News, International Business Magazine, Security Middle East Magazine, Tech Magazine, AI Time Journal, IE Industry Events, Smart Money Match, and CoinPedia as Media Partners.