Why attend?

As our businesses and society face these uncertain times, leadership and ingenuity are required like never before. The most resilient among us are built for change – organizations that strategically align their trusted information to business decision-making.

Join our Smarter Business Virtual Exchange: a free LIVE event designed for leaders to accelerate business transformation, define new ways of working, strengthen supply chain resiliency and enhance customer loyalty.

LIVE Country Roundtables

11 AM (local time)

11:00 - 11:10 AM Opening and welcome message by Vivek Pai – IBM Services Managing Partner, Middle East & Pakistan

11:10 - 11:25 AM IDC session: Digital Transformation as a catalyst to navigate towards Smarter Recovery by Wilson Xavier

11:25 - 11:50 AM Fireside chat: Building a Smarter Business.
Pascale Salamani, IBM iX Leader, IBM Services, MEA & Matt Candy, Global Managing Partner, IBM iX, IBM Services

11:50 - 12:05 PM Customer experiences delivered with flexibility by Janahan Tharmaratnam, MEA Enterprise Strategy Leader, IBM Services & Dylan Titherley, Partner Manager at Adobe International

12:05 - 12:30 PM Realize Value out of your Cloud investments by Sandeep Halli, Cloud Application Innovation Leader, Middle East & Africa

Saudi Arabia
1 PM (local time)

1:00 - 1:05 PM Opening and welcome message - Dina Abo-Onoq, Managing Partner, Saudi Arabia, GBS Country Lead

1:05 - 1:30 PM Fireside chat: IBM Services, your Digital Reinvention partner.
Pascale Salamani, IBM iX Leader, IBM Services, MEA
Matt Candy, Global Managing Partner, IBM iX, IBM Services

1:30 - 1:50 PM Emerging Stronger on the Oil & Gas industry - Abdulmajid Shaikh, Partner Chemical & Petroleum Industry MEA, IBM Services

1:50 - 2:10 PM Transforming into a Cognitive Bank - Faisal Khaliq, Partner, MEA Experience and Process Transformation, IBM Services

2:10 - 2:35 PM Clients panel: Paving the way towards a holistic transformation.

Moderator: Hamza Naqshbandi – Regional Director, IDC Saudi Arabia
Ahmed Al Sahhaf – GM of Consumer Marketing - STC
Salam Siddiqui - Head of Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Architecture and Strategy - Bank Al Jazeera
Abdullah Albelaihed - General Manager HR & IT – Sipchem

4 PM (local time)

4:00 – 4:15 PM – Opening & Welcome by Ghazanfar Ali,  Country General Manager, IBM Pakistan,
Naveed Siddiqui, GBS Country Leader, IBM Pakistan

4:15 – 4:45 PM – Reinventing Business with Technology, Fireside chat 
Saad Waraich, Chief Technology & Information Officer, PTCL 
Ghazanfar Ali, Country General Manager, IBM Pakistan

4:45 – 5:00 PM – Q/A & closing by IBM Pakistan Team

Ready to build smarter? Your business transformation starts here.

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Earn loyalty and engagement

Discover how to engage customers virtually; learn about agile customer service innovation on Salesforce; and find out how to turn AI aspirations into a digital transformation.


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Enhance core business applications

Find out about modernizing and deploying enterprise applications, Azure analytics solutions with SAP, flexibility and resiliency for SAP applications.

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Build smarter supply chains

Learn about reducing operational costs and ensuring supply chain resiliency, optimizing processes, responding to challenges and preparing for the future.

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Build resilient business operations

Find out about enabling efficient manufacturing, 5G success at enterprise scale, smart solutions for business continuity and worker safety.

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Build resiliency with automation and AI

Learn about resiliency and adaptability with automation and AI, digitizing operations and creating intelligent workflows and more.

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Enable your workforce for resiliency

Discover how to transform your talent strategy, reimagine your ways of working and create a dynamic resilient enterprise.

A Smarter Business is a Resilient Business

We look forward to hosting you on September 28, 2020
10:45 AM (GMT+4)