Study Reveals 75% of Business Leaders in the Kingdom Consider ICT Essential Building Block for Saudi Vision 2030

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DELL EMC Hosts Largest Technology Forum to Accelerate National Transformation Strategy and Economic Transformation

  • Biggest ever Dell EMC Forum brings together 2000 senior business and IT leaders from across the Kingdom to outline strategic roadmap in light of Saudi Vision 2030
  • 93% of businesses believe demands from Saudi Vision 2030 will necessitate the need to rethink ICT strategy and investments
  • 46% of businesses believe Saudi Vision 2030 will likely lead to demands for new business models and services.
  • 53% of businesses believe ICT infrastructure needs the highest investment to achieve organization vision for 2030
  • Business Leaders report a unanimous need to invest in core talent and skillsets to implement ICT vision for 2030

dellemcRiyadh: Dell EMC today hosted the biggest ever Dell EMC Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With over 2000 senior business and IT leaders in attendance at the event, Dell EMC showcased the unparalleled solutions portfolio and united capabilities of the newly combined company to help enterprises across the Kingdom accelerate business and national transformation initiatives.

Held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh, the one day event focused on delivering key insights and best practices to help enterprises in the Kingdom maximize performance demands to stay ahead in an ever competitive and changing business environment.

At the event, Dell EMC revealed the findings of a study that outlines heightened business support for changes in ICT strategies and investments in light of the recent announcement of Saudi Vision 2030. Based on responses from business leaders of large enterprises across a diverse set of industries, the study revealed that 75% of business leaders believe ICT to play an essential and complementary role to enable national aspirations for 2030.

The study revealed that while business leaders do agree on the importance of ICT to achieve the broader national vision, 93% of businesses believe demands from Saudi Vision 2030 will necessitate the need to rethink ICT strategy and investments within their own organizations.

47% of business leaders reported the announcement of mandates set down by the Vision to have had an immediate impact of their organizations plans and vision for IT and IT related services. These business leaders believe ICT solutions to play a crucial role in helping their business optimize the use of budgets and enhance efficiency across operations. While 46% of the respondents believe that the journey to Saudi Vision 2030 will likely lead to a demand for new business models and services necessitating the need for a rethink of  ICT strategy and investments in the near future.

The study also revealed a significant interest from business leaders to invest in core ICT related skill sets to help the organization sustain competitive differentiation:

o   43% of businesses said technical engineers would be crucial to their own ICT vision for 2030

o   32% of businesses reported that subject matter experts would be crucial to implementing their ICT vision for 2030

o   25% of businesses said solution architects would be the need of the hour as they progress in their journey towards 2030

Business leaders also cited top areas in need of investment to advance the business and ICT vision for 2030:

o   53% – Infrastructure

o   32%- Applications

o   15%- User Enablement

In light of the above, the Dell EMC Forum 2016 showcased the company’s complete set of capabilities to help customers in Saudi Arabia thrive in rapidly evolving digital economy. The event featured keynotes and breakout sessions designed to help enterprises resolve pressing business challenges through the adoption of technologies like cloud, converged infrastructure, security, and mobility in the public, financial services, energy, education, and SME sectors.

Executive Quote

Mohamed Talaat, Vice President, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Libya at Dell EMC

“Vision 2030 has ushered in a new era for businesses across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as we collectively work together to achieve a larger objective for sustainable economic and capital growth for the betterment of our people and community. Saudi Arabia is already witnessing a paradigm shift as Vision 2030 fuels the business landscape with new opportunities. Today, it is imperative that organizations transform the way they approach ICT strategy, adopt new technologies and most importantly, invest in new skillsets to drive the vision for our digital future.  At Dell EMC, we remain committed to our customers and partners, with an unmatched portfolio of solutions and deep industry knowledge to serve as a trusted adviser and work together to help businesses stay ahead of the curve and fully leverage new opportunities as we embrace a new digital future.”

Methodology

This study was carried out by Dun and Bradstreet (commissioned by Dell EMC) in October 2016. The study surveyed CEOs and COOs from 60 organizations across a variety of industries including the government, banking and finance, healthcare, education, financial services and oil & gas sector. Business leaders were asked specific questions relating to their perception of the role of ICT to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030, their own plans for ICT vision and strategy and key areas of focus as they progress towards 2030 via a series of Computer Aided Telephone Interviews to arrive at the findings.

Dell EMC:

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies.  This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions.  Dell EMC services customers across 180 countries – including 98% of the Fortune 500 – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from edge to core to cloud.