Chief Digital Officers Key for Guiding Middle East Organisations
Chief Digital Officers will need to take the lead at Middle East organisations and countries to drive digitalisation agendas in the Internet of Things era, industry experts announced in the build-up to Dubai GITEX Technology Week 2015.
In the rapidly-growing Digital Economy and Internet of Things era, with 50 billion connected devices and USD 14.4 trillion in economic value predicted by 2020, technology is shifting from IT infrastructure to Big Data analytics, cybersecurity, and monetisation. As a result, 60 percent of Chief Information Officers (CIOS) in global organisations will be supplanted by Chief Digital Officers by 2020, according to research firm IDC.
“GITEX Technology Week will be a key platform for us to promote the role of Chief Digital Officers, who can take on a wider reach than current Chief Information Officers. Chief Digital Officers will be key for guiding Middle East organisations in their digital transformations, especially in the high-growth sectors of Smart Cities, sports, healthcare, and education.”