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The World's Most Important Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives

A digital wave is sweeping through every industry, organization and culture. This a defining moment for every CIO and senior IT executive: a chance to rise up, align mission-critical priorities — yours and those of the enterprise — and drive business outcomes.  From personal development to process reinvention, Gartner is here to help you  Rise to the Challenge.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is specifically designed for:
Roles Include:
  • Corporate-wide CIOs
  • Business unit CIOs
  • Senior IT leaders reporting to the CIO
Senior IT Executives

What You Will Learn

Shaped by feedback from you and other CIOs to stay focused on only what is most relevant and useful, the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo experience will:

  • Be structured around your mission-critical priorities to solve your toughest challenges as a CIO
  • Inspire you to rethink traditional roles to lead innovation in your business
  • Open your eyes to disruptive future trends and new technologies to help you reimagine the future
  • Provide you with the leadership insight to help you enhance your journey as a business and technology leader

You’ll also be a part of a vibrant community of thousands of CIOs. There will be a wealth of community engagement opportunities to share best practices, build relationships, embrace new ideas and drive change through shared insight with other CIOs and senior IT executives.  

What's Included

  • Access to all sessions, including mastermind, industry, and analyst keynotes
  • (2) Two Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings (30-minutes each)
  • Analyst-user roundtables
  • Industry intensive program (Sunday) that includes sessions, networking and guest speakers
  • ITxpo exhibit floor where leading solution providers display products and services
  • Peer engagement at breakfasts, lunches and receptions
  • Evening country receptions
  • Conference agenda planning through Events Navigator
  • Special benefits for Alumni
  • (1) One-year access to Events On Demand

Learn more about Pricing and Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions here




Our 2015 conference agenda is designed to provide you with the strategies, insights and tools you'll need to lead the next generation of IT and achieve business outcomes. 

Mission-Critical Priorities
This year's agenda tracks are organized around your major areas of concern: your mission-critical priorities. 

CIO Leadership
We’re turning up the intensity on individual leadership as it's the key to creating a dynamic, innovative organization and culture. 

Peer-to-Peer Engagement
Join a global community of CIOs and senior IT executives to share best practices, embrace new perspectives, and expand your personal network.

An agenda focused on your priorities

2015 Conference Tracks 
For complete details, view the 2015 agenda track guide


Renovate the IT Core
How can you modernize, measure and manage a mission-critical runtime environment and partner ecosystem that is high-performing, robust, efficient and responsive to change? 

Architect the Digital Business
What patterns and practices can you use to deliver scalable, safe and ethical digital business solutions? 

Plan for the Digital Future
What should be on your 3- or 5-year technology and business radar? Further out? What should you be thinking about that currently you’re not? 

Personal development
Lead the Digital Enterprise
How do you become a more effective leader in the digital enterprise? 

Organizational development
Create a Dynamic Organization
How can you harness the potential of people and skills to change the culture and to build digital business? 

Drive Business Growth
How can you help grow the business, especially through new revenue streams and high-value outcomes? 

Industry Day
How is your industry being transformed by digital business? 

Industry Program

Receive in-depth guidance on your sector and benefit from the experience of others
Digital business is driving change in new and unprecedented ways, creating a dynamic and volatile business environment that will require enterprise agility and capabilities very different from those that historically drove success. Industry sessions spanning 8 different sectors explore the impacts of digital business on industry verticals, where those impacts are most acute, and the actions CIOs should take to respond. Our industry-specific and cross-industry sessions begin Sunday, 8 November, and continue throughout the week. 

  • Banking, Financial Services
  • Insurance
  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Retail

Hear it first at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Get exclusive Gartner research, revealed on-site at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015, including:
  • The 2016 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey results
  • New findings from the 2015 CEO survey
  • 2016 top 10 technologies
  • Implementing Bimodal IT: Delivering on the Promise
  • The Unbearable Cost of Privacy
  • Things as Customers

Much of this exclusive content will be revealed in  Gartner Signature Series sessions, enabling you to remain at the forefront of strategy and technology.
A great opportunity to take time away from the day to day activity and do some thinking about the future...

- Stephen Chiang, Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014 attendee

Value of Attending Symposium/ITxpo


Experience a rich assembly of forward-thinking guest speakers and luminaries. See this year's Mastermind Keynotes in the highlighted speakers section as well as the CIO Experience lunch keynotes in the featured speakers section below.

To help you find the most relevant content to match your mission-critical priorities, view the Analyst Guide which lists the analysts and the key questions that they, or their sessions, can help you answer. 

Highlighted Speakers

  • Andrew McAfee
    Andrew McAfee

    Center for Digital Business, MIT Sloan School of Management and Fellow, Harvard Law School, Berkman

    Principal Research Scientist

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  • Don Tapscott
    Don Tapscott

    Author and Influential Management Thinker

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  • Colonel Chris Hadfield
    Colonel Chris Hadfield

    Astronaut/First Commander of the International Space Station

    Read profile


Gartner Analysts


Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Information Technology

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you identify and explore technology and service providers to address your specific needs as a CIO. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading solution providers in a variety of settings.

  • Learn more about ITxpo and the exhibitor experience.
  • Contact us for information on speaking and exhibitor opportunities.

Venue & Travel

Barcelona, Spain


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 will take place 8 - 12 November 2015, at the CCIB (Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona). A full day of industry-specific insights kicks off on Sunday, November 8, at 11 a.m, with additional industry content throughout the week. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

CCIB (Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona)
Rambla Prim, 1-17
Barcelona, Spain - 08019

For information on hotels, locations and to book your accommodation in Barcelona please view the  2015 Hotel Guide

For answers to your hotel or travel questions, please reference our  FAQ document.


Gartner has negotiated special rates with a large number of selected hotels in Barcelona
all within close proximity to the conference venue, the CCIB.

Hotel Silken Diagonal
Avenida Diagonal, 205
Barcelona, Spain

Novotel Barcelona City
Avenida Diagonal, 201
Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Confortel Barcelona
C/Ramón Turró, 196
Barcelona, Spain

Holiday Inn Express Barcelona - City 22
Calle Pallars 203
Barcelona, Spain

Salles Pere IV
Carrer de Pallars, 128
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Princess
Avinguda Diagonal, 1
Barcelona, Spain

Diagonal Zero Hotel
Plaça de Llevant, s/n
Barcelona, Spain

Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona
Avinguda Diagonal, 161-163
Barcelona, Spain

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
Passeig Del Taulat 262-264
Barcelona, Spain

Marriott AC Hotel Barcelona Forum
Paseo Taulat 278
Barcelona, Spain

Pere IV, 272 286
Barcelona, Spain

TRYP Barcelona Condal Mar Hotel
Carrer de Cristóbal de Moura, 138
Barcelona, Spain

Barceló Atenea Mar
Paseo Garcia Faria 37-47
Barcelona, Spain

GBB Hotel Front Maritim
Passeig de Garcia Fària, 69
Barcelona, Spain

GBB Hotel 4 Barcelona
Carrer del Doctor Trueta, 164
Barcelona, Spain

H10 Marina Barcelona
Avinguda del Bogatell, 64
Barcelona, Spain

Icaria Hotel
Avinguda d'Icària, 195
Barcelona, Spain

Rafael Hotel Diagonal Port
Carrer de Lope de Vega, 4
Barcelona, Spain

Vincci Bit Hotel
Carrer de Josep Pla, 69
Barcelona, Spain

Vincci Maritimo Hotel
Calle Llull, 340
Barcelona, Spain