ICT conference returns to Johannesburg with increased Africa focus

5th March 2010 By: Jacqueline Holman

International information technology 
research firm IDC will once again hold its two-day information and communication technology (ICT) conference, the Africa CIO Summit 2010, in Johannesburg on March 16 and 17.

The conference, which will run under the theme From Pressure to Performance, will host the ICT industry’s foremost global thought leaders as they present their 
pioneering visions for the future to more than 80 of the region’s most influential ICT end- 
users.

Senior global representatives of leading ICT vendors, such as IBM, Symantec, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems, will give in-depth presentations and the CIO Summit will also showcase actual implementations of cutting-edge technologies in real-life organisations. 
This will highlight the total cost of ownership and return on investment benefits that can be derived as a result.

The conference will also feature authoritative panel discussions, interactive question- and-answer sessions and extensive networking 
opportunities, providing an opportunity to build new and profitable business relation-
ships.

IDC’s CIO Summit series began in 2008 and has grown considerably in terms of scope and influence. 
Its return to Africa highlights the growing importance of the region on the world 
stage.

“Africa is rapidly becoming a key player on the global investment landscape. 
“As some of the more mature markets in the West are beginning to slow, the world’s leading vendors are increasing their focus on Africa, and it is proving critical for them to maintain a strong and visible presence in the region by participating in cutting-edge industry events, such as the IDC CIO Summit,” says IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey vice-president and regional MD Jyoti Lalchandani.

Despite an expected return to double-digit growth figures for the wider Middle East and Africa information technology (IT) market in 2011, an air of caution continues to pervade most of the region’s organisations. 
CIOs are no longer tasked with simply 
enabling growth and innovation, but must now combine these goals with the necessities of driving efficiency and cost reduction.

This has led to growing interest in emerging trends, such as virtualisation, data centre
efficiency, managed services, cloud computing, data and storage management, security, regulatory compliance and IT consolidation. These topics and concepts will feature prominently at the event.

To ensure that the very latest technology developments are covered by the Africa 
CIO Summit 2010, IDC has partnered with 
a host of leading regional and global 
vendors. 
A similar conference was held in Dubai to wide critical acclaim and another 
leg is scheduled for Istanbul, on March 11 and 12.