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IDC Maps the Journey to a Digital-First World at 9th Annual ‘East Africa CIO Summit’ in Nairobi

Nairobi – International Data Corporation (IDC) today hosted the 9th edition of its annual IDC East Africa CIO Summit, with more than 100 of the country’s most influential ICT decision makers in attendance at Nairobi’s Radisson Blu Hotel, Upper Hill. The event addressed the theme ‘Accelerating Your Journey to a Digital-First World.’

“As organizations strive to recover from the uncertainty wrought by the pandemic, they are increasingly taking a digital-first approach to build resilience into their operations,” says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. “The journey to the future digital enterprise has accelerated, driven by significant investments in new customer experiences, new digital ecosystem business models, digital supply chains, and Future of Work initiatives.”

Lalchandani expanded on these thoughts as he presented the event’s opening keynote, ‘Reimagining Tech Strategies for a Digital-First World’. “All of this must be supported by resilient cloud-enabled digital infrastructure and applications, rapid app development, digital platforms, data-driven and AI-enabled intelligence, and security and trust,” said Lalchandani. “Strong leadership, an appetite for innovation, and a sound strategy for addressing regulations will all be key to driving the digital agenda.”

Expert speakers were on hand throughout the day to explore all these themes and more, presenting informative best-practice sessions that addressed topics such as:

• Cloud Computing: The Springboard for Digital Transformation

• From Secure to Trusted: A Journey to Digital Leadership

• The Convergence of 5G, IOT, and Edge: Preparing for a Digital Quantum Leap

• CIO Visions in the Digital Transformation Era

The agenda also incorporated a fascinating ‘fireside chat’ on the subject of ‘Solving Challenges to Innovation and Growth Across East Africa’, as well as informative panel discussions on implementing effective vendor selection and management strategies and enabling greater alignment, collaboration, and co-innovation with lines of business. These sessions showcased first-hand insights and experiences from some of the region’s most respected ICT leaders, including:

Caine Wanjau, CTO, Twiga Foods

George Njuguna, CIO, Safaricom

Bernard Rono, Head of ICT, Kenya Tea Packers (Ketepa)

  • Joel K. Busienei, Group Head of IT Infrastructure, Equity Bank

Supriyo Biswas, Associate CISO, SBM Bank

Julius Orayo, Group CIO, Jubilee Holdings

Kenneth Ogwang, Head of Digital & Technology, Eastern & Southern Africa, Diageo

Raymond Osoro, SAP Basis Lead, Unga Holdings

The IDC East Africa CIO S ummit 2022 was supported by the following organizations: Summit Partner: Secureworks; Platinum Partners: VMware, KnowBe4, Google Cloud, Checkmarx; Technology Focus Group Partner: Nozomi Networks; Exhibit Partners: Kaspersky, Manage Engine, Salesforce.

To learn more about the IDC East Africa CIO Summit 2022, please contact Sheila Manek at  or on +971 4 446 3154. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDCEACIO.

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