17th-18th February, 2016 |

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

What's New


Welcome Dinner on Arrival Day

Welcome Dinner is scheduled on Arrival Day (16th February) of the Summit. To make a reservation for the Dinner and Workships, please pre-purchase with your visa or mastercard and take advantage of the early bird rates. Purchase here on our secure payment gateway.


CFO Workshop

For CFO's their worst problems are typically the ones they do not know about or didn't see coming. This session will explore a range of emerging, IT-related finance issues, share case studies and provide guidance on emerging IT finance issues involving a wide range of technology. The session will also discuss the 10 most critical IT financial management topics crucial to your CFO's agenda in 2016.

The CFO Experience:

  • One complimentary double room at Jumeirah Etihad Towers on the nights of February 16th and 17th
  • Return flight ticket from your country of residence
  • Airport transfers
  • Golf Session Post lunch on February 17th
  • Networking Dinner Aboard a Yacht on February 17th


CMO Workshop

The coming together of CMO at the CIO Summit is timely in our super-charged and competitive region where marketing and IT are critical to the success of every business. Hear from leading marketing pioneers and their CIO partners who are blazing the trails with technologies, mobility at the core, social as one of the necessity customer experience channels and analytics as a competitive tool. Discover how they use advantage technologies can accelerate the path to purchase, how leading retail brands are using mobile to derive loyalty, how to apply analytics to optimize your campaigns across channels and how to embrace the new mobile and social connected age to transform not only your thinking, but also your business.

The CMO Experience:

  • One complimentary double room at Jumeirah Etihad Towers on the nights of February 16th and 17th
  • Return flight ticket from your country of residence
  • Airport transfers
  • Golf Session Post lunch on February 17th
  • Networking Dinner Aboard a Yacht on February 17th


Speak at the Summit

IDC is excited to announce that nominations for speaking opportunities are now open.

IDC is looking for contributions from CIOs on a variety of best practice case studies. We invite you to submit relevant nominations around the areas of Excellence in Innovation, IT Governance, Change Management, Business Enablement, and IT Cost Efficiency.

Each submission will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. The final speaker list will be selected by a panel of highly respected IDC senior executives in line with the following steps:

  • Validation – Senior IDC consultants will validate all entries. Entries will be checked for completeness and may be returned for more information.
  • Evaluation – Following validation, all submissions will be sent to our panel of experts from throughout the region, for evaluation.
  • Announcement – The final list of speakers will be announced one week before the event through the media and dedicated event website.


Vertical Focused Tracks

Take the opportunity to customize your learning experience by selecting one of the three breakout stream option to attend.


Peer-To-Peer Networking

The CIO Summit also provides unrivalled access to your peers and colleagues through numerous intimate and private group discussions.


Technology Pavilion

To facilitate a 360 degree networking experience for attendees to connect with their peers and at the same time hop in and hop off their relevant sessions during the summit, IDC has bundled technology pavilions within the Expo Area. Technology pavilions are specifically designed with an intimate setting where CIOs present their best practice case studies as well provide thought provoking actionable insights.


Women Leaders in IT

An initiative taken by IDC to dedicate a session to talented women who have attained their goals in IT industry. The session will be led by women leaders who share their insights, discuss innovative solutions to common business challenges; explore next steps & new business opportunities that underscore how technology is powering change in the current IT landscape.


Smart City Session

As number of smart city initiatives are being announced by governments in the Middle East, IDC presents a dedicated Smart City Session for the attendees with focus on how to improve various aspects of the city to improve the overall quality of life. The session will be focused on how cities can truly capitalize on the Internet of Things and synergies that can be established within a smart city ecosystem and how cities can capitalize on these engagements.

About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community makes fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 51 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events Company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com


For the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Casablanca, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insight with an international perspective to provide a comprehensive understanding of markets in these dynamic regions. Our market intelligence services are unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey currently fields over 125 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region.