The Future of IT: Rethinking Digitalization for an AI Everywhere World

Over the past few years, rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have begun to accelerate and reshape the digital journey. The emergence of generative AI (GenAI) has accelerated AI adoption, and many leading organizations are already exploring and investing in GenAI use cases. 

IDC believes that organizations need to be ready for an "AI Everywhere" world in the future. We forecast that, worldwide, annual spending on AI-centric systems will surpass $300 billion by 2026.

Today, the heat is on! In the era of GenAI-driven disruption, technology leaders are reassessing their approach to AI's pivotal role in the digitalization landscape. The transformative power of AI to significantly enhance digital innovation, customer experiences, operational efficiencies, and sustainability is propelling forward-thinking governments and digitally driven organizations toward an "AI Everywhere" mindset — making it a tech agenda priority to maintain competitive parity with early adopters.

As a result, today’s IT leaders increasingly find themselves in multidimensional, strategic, and collaborative roles, where reporting structures and mandates have evolved, elevating their prominence and expanding their responsibilities. With AI becoming increasingly embedded in services, products, and experiences, the technology is set to become intertwined with the lives of employees, customers, partners, and society at large. Indeed, AI will be everywhere — underpinning performance, growth, engagement, satisfaction, safety, security, governance, privacy, sustainability, ethics, wellbeing, payments, and more.

CIOs and IT leaders need to work on the readiness of their organizations for an "AI Everywhere" future. This will require a focus on key enabling elements such as building a data-centric platform, migrating to cloud infrastructure, governing cloud economics, redefining security and digital trust, and investing in skills.

The IDC Middle East CIO Summit 2024 will provide an essential platform for empowering IT leaders. It will help them to better understand their new roles in today's AI-infused landscape and serve up expert guidance on achieving success while crafting innovative solutions for current and emerging challenges. Join us as we discuss a multitude of hot topics, trends, and challenges, providing technology leaders with the critical insights they require to adapt to shifting business landscapes, forge new business models, and scale massively in today’s dynamic digital economy.


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Assess the progress of your team or your organization's growth while discovering what to do to correct common mistakes.

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Learn new leadership skills that will set you apart and help you to advance in your career.

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Participate in immersive networking exercises and engage with your fellow leaders over lunch and dinner.

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