IDC’s IT Managers Forum & Expo 2009 / Making IT Matter: Finding Opportunities and Defining Value / Lagos, Nigeria

The Grand Ballroom, Eko Hotel & Suites
Lagos, Nigeria

IDC’s IT Managers Forum and Expo 2009 introduces you to the decision makers of the region. 2009, is forecasted to be much more difficult due to overall slowdown of the global economy, these organizations need to take smart decisions in order to protect their bottom line, maintain a high level of customer satisfaction and build competitive advantage in often unstable and constantly changing markets.

The IT market will most likely suffer from a reduction of investment in 2009 as many decisions will be based on a misunderstanding of the real benefits of ICT technologies. We all know that a properly prepared strategy is the best ally during times of crisis. IDC wants to demonstrate that ICT technologies, if used wisely, can be part of the remedy for dealing with the fallout from the financial crisis.

The IDC IT Managers Forum and Expo 2009 brings together business and technology experts from across the region who will present best practices on how to become a smart IT buyer in a crisis situation. It will be the year’s premier event for IT and business executives interested in how technology can be used to enable and transform business models and processes.

The conference will pinpoint solutions that are most appropriate for your organization and present cutting-edge analysis of the drivers and metrics that will be critical to the IT market in the coming years, as well as provide insights into:

  • Technologies that encourage the alignment of IT with wider business strategies
  • The enterprise-focused strategies that IT Heads should pursue to cope during a downturn
  • How technology-driven initiatives can propel growth in these uncertain times
  • How IT must focus on ROI and alignment as strategies for success
  • How IT can be utilized to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, improve the bottom line, and safeguard your customers


This pioneering full-day conference will feature high-impact presentations from some of the region’s most influential ICT thought leaders on the subjects of most importance to today’s overworked and under-budgeted IT Managers, including:

  • Savings: Virtualization and Green IT
  • Security and Business Continuity
  • Staying Above Board: Outsourcing
  • Business Optimization.

It will also include real life end-user case studies on topics such as Unified Communications, Virtualization, Web 2.0, Green IT, SOA, Open Source, and much, much more.

More than 12 senior IDC analysts will be on hand to offer expert advice and guidance on the unique issues of critical importance to the modern-day organization, and the event will offer unrivalled peer-to-peer networking opportunities via interactive sessions and informal discussions. And to ensure the very latest technology is at the delegates’ fingertips, there will be an exhibit floor showcasing product offerings from the world’s leading solutions providers.

Target Audience

  • CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, CSOs,
  • VPs of IT/IS/MIS, Networking, IT Operations, and Applications
  • Directors and Managers of IT, Applications, Networking, Security, Governance, Risk, Compliance, Sourcing, BPM, Knowledge, Management, and Datacenters
  • Enterprise and Solutions Architects
  • Government Directors and Administrators
  • Line of Business Managers

Event is free for IT Managers across verticals. However, ICT Companies will be charged USD 500 per participant


09:00     Registration & Tea/Coffee
09:30     Welcome Address
Jyoti Lalchandani, VP & Regional MD Middle East, Turkey & Africa, IDC UAE – Middle East

09:35     IDC Keynote Address
Jyoti Lalchandani, VP & Regional MD Middle East, Turkey & Africa, IDC UAE – Middle East

A New Economic Reality and a New Technology Landscape:- The global economic crisis is already having an impact on the ICT landscape. But how much of an impact? This session will analyze the region’s IT markets, help prioritize the pre- and post-crisis options, present trends and opportunities in key industry sectors, and share IDC’s latest forecasts for ICT expenditure. It will also assess the impact on ongoing ICT mega trends, from convergence and mobility to virtualization, software-as-a-service, managed services, and offshoring.
10:00     Forum Partner Keynote 1: Plenary Session Addressing All Attendees

10:30     Case Study invited by Forum Partner 1

10:50     Forum Partner Keynote 2: Plenary Session Addressing All Attendees

11:20     Case Study Invited by Forum Partner 2

11:40     Coffee Break
12:10     Presentation by FVC – Polycom

12:35     Presentation by Platinum Partner 2

13:00     Presentation by Platinum Partner 3

13:25     Lunch Break
14:25     Presentation by Gold Partner 1

14:50     Presentation by Gold Partner 2

15:15     Presentation by Gold Partner 3

15:50     Presentation by Partners

16:30     Raffle Draw
16:40     IDC Summary & Close

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