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About the Event

IN LIGHT of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to achieve its vision 2030 digital transformation goals, the integration of cloud computing solutions in enterprises and governments has grown to become inevitable to achieve the target. The Kingdom has been leading the ranks as the emerging tech hub of the region, investing more than $6.4bn in digital infrastructures and digital technologies (Express Computer, 2022).

Saudi Arabia continues to grandly invest in IoT, digital transformation and emerging technologies and aims to become among the top 100 cities globally through implementing smart infrastructure in 5 different cities, which has increased the need for high-capacity, effective and sustainable data storage solutions, especially cloud computing. This surge to cloud computing unravels as many opportunities as it does challenges, making it critical for a platform to exist for experts and industry practitioners to discuss the future of this technology.

Honoring the country’s 2030 Vision, and in partnership with the Saudi Cloud Computing Association, the Saudi Cloud Computing Conference is hosted on 5-6 June 2023 in Riyadh, KSA to provide a national platform with first-class insights and content from key local stakeholders in the government and private sectors and international technology leaders, who will highlight the recent advances and breakthroughs of cloud computing, explore opportunities and define the outlook of cloud computing in the Kingdom and the region.

Market  Insights

"5"

Cities in Saudi Arabia to be from the top 100 cities in smart infrastructure

$6.4 Bn

Kingdom’s investments in digital infrastructures and technologies

$2 Bn

Investment in the Kingdom’s cloud computing in the past 2 years

$10 Bn

Cloud services business to reach by 2030 in accordance with Saudi’s Vision

$18 Bn

Plan to build a network of large-scale data centers in Saudi Arabia

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Why Saudi Cloud Computing Conference  in Facts and Figures:

Conference Advisors

Eng. Fahad A. Alhamed

Eng. Fahad A. Alhamed

Dr. Fawaz Alharbi

Dr. Fawaz Alharbi

Dr. Dhabiah Alboainen

Dr. Dhabiah Alboainen

Dr. Entisar Alkayal

Dr. Entisar Alkayal

Dr. Sultan Al Makdi

Dr. Sultan Al Makdi

Abdulrahman Almajed

Abdulrahman Almajed

Speakers 

Eng. Faris AlSaqabi

Eng. Faris AlSaqabi

Eng. Fahad A. Alhamed

Eng. Fahad A. Alhamed

Mousa Al-Anizi

Mousa Al-Anizi

Wael Fattouh

Wael Fattouh

Dr. Marc Dacier

Dr. Marc Dacier

Muath AlHomoud

Muath AlHomoud

Khaled S. Salem

Khaled S. Salem

Fawaz Kilfaden

Fawaz Kilfaden

Eng. Hameed Alzahrani

Eng. Hameed Alzahrani

Moaz Al Sibaai

Moaz Al Sibaai

Dr. Fawaz Alharbi

Dr. Fawaz Alharbi

Dr. Duaa Abaoud

Dr. Duaa Abaoud

Dr. Adnan Mustafa Albar

Dr. Adnan Mustafa Albar

Hussain Alkalifah

Hussain Alkalifah

Abdulrahman Al-Nimari

Abdulrahman Al-Nimari

Dr. Ahmed Aldammas

Dr. Ahmed Aldammas

Abdulrahman Al Huwaymil

Abdulrahman Al Huwaymil

Omar Alfantoukh

Omar Alfantoukh

Omar Mahgoub

Omar Mahgoub

Hamed Alqahtani

Hamed Alqahtani

Dr. Dhabiah Alboainen

Dr. Dhabiah Alboainen

Ibrahim Al Asaker

Ibrahim Al Asaker

Conference Agenda

Time

Session

08:00 Registration, refreshments, and networking
09:00 Opening remarks by Great Minds Group
09:05 Welcome address and opening remarks by the conference chairman
09:15 Opening keynote address Eng Faris AlSaqabi, Deputy Minister for Future Jobs and Capabilities, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Driving the vision of digitalization in Saudi Arabia

09:30 Opening panel discussion: Saudi Vision 2030 for digitalization and data storage capacity development
  • Addressing the urgency to opt for cloud-based solutions and meet the demand for storage capacity requirement surged by the digital transformation vision
  • Cloud-first policy and its role in encouraging Saudi public sector to migrate to cloud models
  • Adopting cloud to increase the Kingdom’s capacity in integrating emerging and leading-edge technologies
  • Creating a digital legacy by supporting data centers in the Kingdom to empower businesses from different scales and drive private sector’s development
10:15 Keynote presentation
10:30 Presentation: Thinking cloud and clear - Developing and implementing an efficient regulatory framework for cloud computing
  • Creating a holistic legal landscape for enterprises by understanding key framework provisions
  • Addressing cloud computing regulations in key areas including cloud Service Level Agreement’s (SLA), data sovereignty, certification, and data protection
  • Expediting the transition to cloud by adhering to a unified cloud framework
  • Maximizing opportunities for local providers and hyperscalers in the Saudi cloud market share
  • Easing legislation and law difficulties to support and attract investments in the industry

Building cloud infrastructure and ecosystem capabilities

10:50 Industry insight: This session will highlight the latest technologies in the cloud computing industry. The session consists of two 10- minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful applications of innovative solutions.
  • Industry insight 1
  • Industry insight 2
11:10 Networking coffee break
11:40 Panel discussion: Optimizing the utilization of data centers capabilities in the Kingdom and unlocking opportunities of serving the region
  • Fostering collaborations and investments to transform Saudi Arabia into the main data center hub of the region
  • Enabling the growth of hyper scale data centers in Saudi Arabia to drive other key players to invest and localize their services in the Kingdom
  • Implementing green practices to reduce power consumption in cloud environments and improve sustainability
  • Boosting database resilience in high transactions and heavy traffic environments with IoT, AI, ML, and automation
Panelists:
  • Dr. Duaa Abaoud, Digital Environment Director, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing
  • Dr. Ahmed Aldammas, Executive Director Cybersecurity & Risk CISO - CRO, The Council of Cooperative Health Insurance
  • Fawaz Kilfaden, Chief Information and Smart City Officer, Emaar, The Economic City, King Abdullah Economic City
12:25 Spotlight session Highlighting key leading projects in the cloud computing sector in the Kingdom
12:40 Presentation: Embracing cloud culture as the new norm
  • Assessing cultural behavior in organizations and building a transform-ready culture for successful cloud transitioning
  • Bridging gaps between the corporate and functional levels in the organization
  • Identifying methods to effectively manage change drawbacks and expectations
  • Enforcing positive communication to decrease resistance during migration process
  • Creating a vigorous cloud change management strategy to renounce old deployment models
Speaker:
  • Abdulrahman Huwaymil, Head of IT Services, Confidential
13:00 Fireside chat: What makes the datacenter business in Saudi Arabia lucrative?

Gearing up to achieve impeccable results upon migrating to cloud

13:20 Presentation: Developing a robust transition model for private, public, and hybrid cloud
  • Assessing the full journey of moving to the cloud, including time, project complexity and business continuity
  • Designing the migration plan according to the organization’s ability for change and capability to endure transformation
  • Modeling an actionable roadmap that links strategy with execution
  • Weighing out and leveraging benefits of cloud models such as maintenance, scalability, flexibility, cost, and security
13:40 Industry insight: This session will highlight the latest technologies in the cloud computing industry. The session consists of a two 10-minute presentation from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful applications of innovative solutions.
  • Industry insight 1
  • Industry insight 2
14:00 Presentation: Right-sizing your cloud through efficient resource deployment to minimize infrastructure cost
  • Overcoming inefficient utilization of the cloud infrastructure to end overpayment of unused services
  • Implementing dynamic resource provisioning based on automatic vertical scaling to reduce time and efforts
  • Consistently analyzing and identifying prospects to downsize deployed instances without compromising on performance or business requirements
  • Opting for containers that run granular resource allocation and their role in selecting instance sizes with more precision
Speaker:
  • Dr. Dhabiah Alboainen, Founding Board Member, Saudi Cloud Computing Association
14:20 Closing Remarks
14:30 Networking lunch and end of day 1

Time

Session

08:30 Registration, refreshments, and networking
09:30 Welcome address and opening remarks by the conference chairman

Optimizing cloud security for government and enterprises

09:35 Panel discussion: Dissecting cyber threats and enhancing cloud security
  • Exploring top cyber threats to cloud computing and assessing mitigation techniques to avoid potential damage
  • The importance of anomaly detection in increasing cloud reliability
  • Implementing strong security practices by transforming cloud systems and infrastructures to mine fields to prevent advanced persistent threats
  • Applying trust evaluation schemes to establish zero trust architecture in cloud computing environment
Moderator:
  • Abdulrahman Al-Nimari, Vice President - Cyber Security, Confidential
Panelists:
  • Muath AlHomoud, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Saudi Central Bank - SAMA
  • Wael Fattouh, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Bank Aljazira
  • Dr. Marc Dacier, Professor of Computer Science (CS) and Associate Director of the Resilience Computing and Cybersecurity Research Center (RC3), KAUST
  • Ibrahim Al Asaker, Cloud Security Architect & Saudi Chapter Leader, Cloud Security Alliance – CSA
10:20 Keynote presentation
10:35 Presentation: Ensuring a seamless cloud data disaster recovery
  • Evaluating Recovery Point Objective (PRO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) based on business necessities, compliance requirements, and estimated revenue loss caused by downtime to identify the suitable disaster recovery model
  • Importance of Cloud SLA to guarantee governance of data recovery and warranty for promised services
  • Enhancing failover and failback processes using automation systems to ensure business continuity and eliminate pressure on IT departments
  • Database virtualization and data compression to decrease storage costs and extend system flexibility
Speaker:
  • Eng. Hameed Alzahrani, IT Consultant and Director of IT Infrastructure & Operations, Technical and Vocational Training Corporation -TVTC

Capitalizing on cloud services and solutions

10:55 Industry insight: This session will highlight the latest technologies in the cloud computing industry. The session consists of a 10-minute presentation from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful applications of innovative solutions.
  • Industry insight 1
  • Industry insight 2
11:20 Networking coffee break
11:50 Panel discussion: Leveraging high-performance multi-cloud services
  • Maximizing interoperability and portability of migrated data and workloads among multiple cloud environments
  • Automating processes, including security monitoring, to eliminate human errors in system configuration
  • Overcoming data silos, unnecessary costs, and complex workflows through a unified data integration solution
  • Zero compromises on business needs and enhancing flexibility in managing daily operations
  • Balancing global server loads and mechanisms to handle the flow of traffic between multiple sites
Panelists:
  • Omar Alfantoukh, Digital Transformation Consultant
  • Moaz Al Sibaai, Chief Digital Officer, Alfanar
  • Mousa Al-Anizi, VP Digital Health, Director E-Health, King Saud Medical City
12:30 Presentation: The evolution of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and its role in effective mass data processing
  • Centralizing management of resources such as data, storage, servers, and virtualization using compact integration solutions
  • Accelerating performance rate through creating a reliable and stable operating environment using hyper-integrated building blocks
  • Processing big data workloads via efficient workflows, first-rate operations, backup, and disaster recovery deployment
12:50 Fireside chat: Upcoming government initiatives and investments in the cloud sector
13:10 Presentation: Crafting container orchestration from development to production
  • Testing, integrating, and validating containers and capacity planning for production requirements
  • Best practices to facilitate the transition to cloud
  • Automating reporting of issues and rebooting processes in case of failure of new deployments
  • Incorporating continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) framework with serverless architectures
  • Addressing orchestration challenges including complexity, cultural changes, and security
Speaker:
  • Omar Mahgoub, Senior Cloud Architect
13:30 Panel discussion: Closing the skill gap in ICT and developing cloud technology workforce in the Kingdom
  • Addressing the demand for Saudi expertise in ICT sector and required key measures including excessive training and structured development programs
  • Key emerging positions in the field of cloud computing, data migration and storage infrastructure
  • The role of academic institutions in developing relevant curriculum to match the demand for technology expertise in the market
  • Tackling the divergence between classroom taught material and skills required in the field
  • Empowering Saudi talents by developing and showcasing clear paths for career growth in technical departments
Moderator:
  • Dr. Adnan Mustafa Albar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Computing, Chairman of Saudi Scientific Society of Information Technology, King AbdulAziz University
Panelists:
  • Khaled S. Salem, Chief Digital Information Officer, Saudi Fransi Leasing
  • Hussain Alkalifah, Head of IT infrastructure and Operation, Saudi Export-Import Bank - Saudi EXIM
  • Hamed Alqahtani, Chief Information Officer, King Khalid University
14:10 Closing panel session: Conference wrap up and recommendations Eng. Fahad A. Alhamed, Chairman of the Board, Saudi Cloud Computing Association
14:30 Closing remark, networking lunch and end of conference

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