Velocity — Data and Analytics Summit Special KSA Edition Announced

Velocity KSA, the Middle East’s largest data, analytics, and strategy summit will be held on September 28 – 29, 2022.

Matteson, Illinois – July 6, 2022

The Vision 2030 action plan, systematizes Saudi Arabia’s strengths and capabilities into a long-term strategic plan to tackle the fundamental challenges of a single-product economy. The Kingdom is building an AI-friendly ecosystem through the early adoption of AI & Big data concepts in their smart city programs. The Government of Saudi Arabia also aims to improve its government efficiency and automation through AI. The Kingdom is touted to be the next center for data analytics and AI, leading the Middle East through its transformation.

  • The Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is working with local players to develop a network of hyper-scale colocation data centers in Saudi Arabia, with a strategy to attract USD 18 billion from investors by 2030.
  • Saudi Arabia is one of the significant data center colocation markets in the Middle East region, with a revenue of USD 140 million generated in 2020
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is one of the prominent locations in the Middle East for data center development, contributing to around 25% of the overall data center investment, and around 20% of the revenue share.
  • Riyadh is the primary data center in Saudi Arabia, housing around 50% of the region’s total facilities.

In the past, Velocity has hosted industry leaders such as Latifa Saleh AlShehhi, Head of Data Management at Road and Transportation Authority, Dubai, Debbie Botha – Chief Partnership Officer at Women in AI, Deepesh Jain, Director, Global Data Science at Visa, Waseem Akram Syed, Director of Data (Analytics) at Kitopi, Amer Mushtaq, Regional Manager Sales Engineering, Snowflake – META, Edosa Odaro – Author of Making Data Work and Chief Data & Analytics Officer at Tawuniya and many more.

In this edition, discussions will center around building the future of Data Ethics, Data Governance, Lakehouse Adoption, Securing Big Data Analytics, Data Fabric Architecture, Semantic Layer, Enterprise Data Integration, and many more hot topics debated in the community.

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