IT spending in the Middle East and Africa is on pace to reach $212.9 billion in 2010, a 3.9 percent increase from 2009 spending of $205 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. While organizations are spending more on IT this year, CIOs and IT leaders are under increasing pressure to drive business growth.
For the second consecutive year, Gartner Executive Programs and The University of Oxford's Saïd Business School are hosting a two-day executive training program for CIOs and IT managers to develop their strategic management skills and deliver value to their organization.
An executive leader with more than 20 years of experience leading IT organizations in the US and the UAE, Samer Hamwi, CIO at SHUAA, will be the featured speaker. Having previously attended CIO Academy, Mr. Hamwi will share his experiences as an executive leader in the region who has managed change through complex and turbulent times.
"Business expectations are shifting from a focus on greater cost-based efficiencies, to achieving better results based on enterprise and IT productivity," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs. "These productivity gains will come from collaborative and innovative solutions that take advantage of the new 'lighter-weight' services-based and social media technologies, including virtualization, cloud computing and Web 2.0 social computing."
"While enterprises will transition at different rates and times, every CIO faces the need to raise productivity, create new capabilities and use the recovery to drive fundamentals of the current agenda and the repositioning of IT," Mr. McDonald said. "Such transitions will not happen overnight but they will start with the decisions and directions established in 2010."