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IDC’s Smart IT Buyer Forum brings together business and technology experts from across the region to present best practices on how to become a smart IT buyer in a crisis situation. IT spending has been significantly impacted by the storms of economic recession since the second half of 2008. How do we best survive this period of global volatility and uncertainty? What are the bright spots and pockets of opportunity that IT Heads need to focus on in the next 12-18 months? What strategic impact will the economic storm have on IT spending plans, in both the short and long term?
The year 2010 is forecasted to be much more difficult due to the overall slowdown of the global economy. Organizations need to make 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 new economic reality means intense pressure on every aspect of business operations to curtail capital spending and reduce operating expenses. The squeeze is especially difficult given the ongoing need to support operations whilst enabling new growth and cost-containment initiatives.
IDC wants to demonstrate that ICT technologies, if used wisely, can be part of the remedy for dealing with the fallout of the crisis. Many solutions, from information management and IT outsourcing through business intelligence, virtualization, and green IT to VoIP, unified communication, and IT consolidation, can be applied to improve efficiency, lower costs, and keep profitability high.
Key Themes for Smart IT Buyers:
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 IT Managers, including:
2010 and Beyond: How will the role of IT Managers change?
IT Managers understand that the future of IT rests on their shoulders. How can they change the way they approach organizational issues and innovation to get where they need to go? How can they craft a more positive, exciting future within their organizations? This presentation underscores the vital importance of managing the forces of rapid technology change and business disruption, especially given these uncertain times. That process of rebuilding and enabling an ever-faster-moving enterprise calls for IT managers who are experts at managing technology for maximum value delivery.
Virtualization – Way forward in these uncertain times?
Collaboration, Web 2.0 and Social Computing
Managed Print Services
Datacenter of the Future: Inside the IT Command Center (Technologies, Designs, People, and Green)