Our 2015 agenda features 10 comprehensive tracks taking a deep dive into a broad range of topics. From cloud, data center modernization, IT operations, bimodal, hypconvergence, digital workplace, networking and more, we have coverage for every I&O professional.
2015 Conference Tracks
- NEW TRACK! Creating and Sustaining an Agile Infrastructure
- Achieving IT Operations Excellence in a Fast-Moving World
- Data Center Modernization: Staying Agile in Chaotic Times
- Navigating the Journey to Cloud-Delivered Services
- Enabling End Users in the Digital Workplace
- The Future of Servers in a Bimodal world
- Emerging Trends in Networking and Communications
- Addressing the Need to Store and Protect More Data
- IT Leadership — Professional Development for You and Your Staff
- The Ongoing Opportunity for IT Cost and Value Optimization
- Software-Defined Everything — Achieving Higher Levels of Efficiency and Flexibility
- Hot Topics for Midsize Organizations
full track descriptions.
Sessions Mapped to Your Key Challenges
- How can organizations become more agile, yet still deliver mission-critical services to support the business?
- How can organizations separate vendor hype from reality in the myriad marketing messages on the concept of "software-defined"?
- What role should containers play in my organization?
- How should organizations secure, manage and govern cloud services across internal, external and hybrid environments?
- How does IT operations remain relevant going forward?
to these top challenges and more.
Hot Topics to be Covered
- Cloud management
- Developing and advancing cloud and mobile strategies
- Aligning costs related to business value
- Gauging the impact of IoT and digital business on I&O
- Optimizing IT operations tools and technologies
- Assessing the role of emerging technologies such as containers and hyperconverged systems
- Determining a five-year data center capacity sourcing strategy
Key Take-Aways from the 2014 Conference
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to interpret and present new Gartner I&O research findings, facilitate topic-specific workshops and roundtables, and consult privately with our largest audience to date.
Live audience polling
via mobile devices took place throughout the week, providing real-time feedback about attendees’ I&O budgets, priorities, projects and shared challenges.
Key Take-Aways from the 2014 Conference Included:
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- Software-defined storage: Implement initially for noncritical items and invest tactically where more immediate returns can be realized as products; road maps will rapidly evolve over the next three years.
- Automation: big benefits for today’s and tomorrow’s data center: Designate an automation lead. Document your automation workflows to understand links and overlaps between and among tools and scripts and roles. Develop automation requirements and assess current tool value.
- Build successful private and public cloud services: Create metrics that measure success — especially agility. Design private clouds with future public cloud interoperability in mind. Engage I&O staff in all aspects of the cloud project. Choose cloud management platforms with rapid ROI (cost or value).
- Keep your users productive through 2018: Establish a position on BYOD and BYOA. Eliminate irrelevant or dated policies and practices. Stop building for physical environments.
- The server market is evolving and you need to be prepare: Prepare flexible strategies to handle the coming market and vendor disruptions. Adapt what you purchase and plan useful life of existing infrastructure to handle technology shifts. Exploit technologies that support the shift to a digital business.
- Cloud storage strategic reality: Capacity pricing is basically identical across major providers and is not a useful point of comparison in provider evaluation. Evaluate services based on operational costs, not capacity costs, and align the use case to the appropriate service.
- Emerging trends will impact your data center operations: Prepare for organizational disruptions — both internally and externally generated. Assess staff skills based on breadth of knowledge and value to the business, not just value to IT.
- Data center economics: Benchmark your financial competency and operations excellence. Develop financial tools and processes to monitor and assess IT project financial effectiveness. Develop a plan for I&O innovation that encompasses people, roles and skills, as well as processes that align with business strategy.
- I&O must embrace the business: Seek champions across the organization to step up with approaches to increase engagement. Leverage the examples and other Gartner engagement research for additional ideas to pilot approaches. Facilitate relationships with key non-IT areas to encourage cross-team collaboration.
"I found this event valuable to secure our data center and there was a lot of SDx information for us to prepare for the future."
"This event really helped me focus on what I need to do to automate my virtual environment. Their experts are extremely knowledgeable, giving me the real-world information I need to make informed decisions."
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- Admission to all Keynote sessions
- Two (30 min) Gartner Analyst One-on-Ones
- Analyst User RoundTables
- End-User Case Studies
- Solution Provider Showcase
- Two Receptions
- Evening Entertainment
- Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
- First Time Attendee Orientation Program