IDC South Africa CIO Summit

Issue 2/3 2023 News & Events

As the digital economy continues to expand at an unprecedented rate, International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced that this year's edition of the annual IDC South Africa CIO Summit will take place on 18 May 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 fuelled 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 decentralisation.

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 minimise 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.

The summit will feature a special guest appearance by the renowned artist Neil Harbisson, who is the world's first officially recognised human cyborg. Harbisson's groundbreaking work has captivated audiences worldwide, as he uses a remarkable implant to ‘hear’ colours and experience the world in a completely new way. The antenna-like device enhances Harbisson's perception of light, giving him super-senses that have revolutionised the way he creates art and interacts with the world around him.

To learn more about the IDC South Africa CIO Summit 2023, go to

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