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

Turn your vision into action at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, where the world’s top CIOs gain a strategic view of the emerging trends shaping IT and business. Through an unparalleled intersection of Gartner analysts, industry experts, peers and solution providers, you’ll explore new ways to approach critical challenges, make decisions with confidence and achieve greater impact as a leader.

Learn more about the value of Symposium/ITxpo, and hear what last year's attendees had to say.

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

Exploring the top challenges faced by today's CIOs, this 5-day event focuses on:

  • Technology & Information – Understand the key initiatives and investments you'll need to undertake to create a future-proofed, adaptive digital core to support your business strategy for the next phase of digital transformation.
  • Business Strategy – Learn how to strike the right balance between shaping customer-focused initiatives with the day-to-day needs of your business with our technology predictions.
  • Leadership – Master competencies, sharpen your skills and create the culture, structure and relationships needed to find and keep digital talent to help your organization thrive.

Features & Benefits

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

  • A community of over 7,500 CIOs and their leadership teams
  • An agenda focused on the imperatives that you and your team must pursue to align with your enterprise mission critical priority
  • Six tracks spanning technology & information, leadership and business strategy
  • Innovative keynotes brimming with inspiration from the world’s top innovators and leadership experts
  • CIO Story sessions featuring visionary CIOs sharing practical examples of putting digital leadership into practice
  • Over 200 Gartner Analysts onsite providing you with the most personal guidance and advice possible in analyst one-on-ones
  • A wealth of peer engagement opportunities to make lasting connections, share best practices, and network with your peers
  • Stretch your thinking and get to the core of the business and technical imperatives driving you and your peers during interactive learning sessions
  • Solution providers filling the ITxpo solution showcase with new possibilities for digital business, organized into marketplaces to make it easy to find the solutions you need

What's Included

  • Access to all sessions, including guest speakers, mastermind keynotes, Industry Sunday and Gartner analyst keynotes
  • (2) Two private 30-minute consultations with a Gartner analyst (For end-user attendees only)
  • (2) Two Gartner-analyst-facilitated roundtables on a specific topic (Limited availability and for end-user attendees only)
  • (2) Two Contract Negotiation Clinics where you'll gain insights, tactics and concrete guidance to help cost-optimize your assets and save money when you’re preparing for vendor contract negotiations (Limited availability and for end-user attendees only)
  • (2) Two Ask the analyst sessions where you can get your toughest questions answered on a specific topic (Limited availability and for end-user attendees only)
  • Industry Program (Sunday), which includes sessions, networking and guest speakers
  • ITxpo exhibit floor, where over 200 leading solution providers display products and services
  • Peer engagement at breakfasts, lunches and receptions
  • Tuesday Evening Special Event
  • Conference agenda planning through Gartner Events Navigator

Learn more about Pricing and Registration 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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This year, we've built our agenda to address the issues and challenges most critical to CIOs and senior IT leaders in the areas of technology, leadership and business strategy.

An agenda focused on your priorities

Explore key themes most critical to IT leaders today within the context of technology, leadership and business strategy:
  • Stay ahead of the latest technology trends in security and risk, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud and the future of experience.
  • Grow your leadership influence and build a people-centric culture.
  • Drive business growth with insights on disruption and innovation, platform economy and cost optimization.

The Power of Networking

Tap into the power of peer engagement. Expand your network and your thinking.  

Industry Program

Get in-depth guidance on your industry and benefit from the experience of others. Digital business platforms and ecosystems are changing the competitive landscape. Explore the resulting opportunities and challenges and learn new strategies to respond to disruptions within your industry.
My 5th Symposium and the event continues to rank as the best technology conference in overall contest and networking opportunities. Keynotes and Mastermind sessions are top notch.

- Eric Gorham, CIO REJIS

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is a critical thought leadership event for IT executives with top ranked analysts who help to drive strategic direction within our organization.

- Robert Hofstatter, VP Scotiabank

Preview the event that 8,000 CIOs worldwide rely on each year


Experience a rich assembly of forward-thinking guest speakers and luminaries. 

Featured Speakers

Guest Speakers

Gartner Analysts & Speakers


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 mission critical priorities as a CIO and IT leader. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading solution providers in a variety of settings.

  • For Attendees: Learn about the innovative solutions that will add the most value to your business.
  • For Exhibitors: Learn more about ITxpo and the exhibitor experience.
  • Contact us for information on speaking and exhibitor opportunities.

Venue & Travel

Orlando, Florida


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 will take place at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Walt Disney World Swan, and Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Disney's Boardwalk. A full day of industry-specific insights kicks off the morning of Sunday, October 1, with additional industry content throughout the week. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

Walt Disney World
1500 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States - 32830



Executive Programs attendees have a priority booking window that begins on May 4 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT.
General Attendee reservations will open May 11 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT.
Please note you must be registered for the event in order to book a hotel reservation.   

To make a hotel reservation, please log back into your registration profile in your gartner.com account by CLICKING HERE.

From your account you will be able to enter your desired check-in/out dates and choose from a list of available hotels.  Please note, hotel rooms are assigned within our real-time inventory system and are first-come, first-served, based on availability. All reservations must be made with Gartner and cannot be booked directly with the affiliated hotels. For more detailed instructions on how to make a reservation please visit our Booking Guide.

**Please note that the hotel details will not be available in the registration system until the above opening dates. **

Public- Sector Hotel Rooms
Gartner is pleased to offer rooms at the current GSA per diem rate at a majority of our hotels. The GSA per diem rate is subject to change if and when the rates are adjusted by the government for 2017. All reservations made at the GSA per diem rate are subject to review and require you to present official identification of U.S. public sector status at the time of check in. Please refer to the Hotel FAQ for more details on GSA per diem qualifications.
Hotel Cancellation Policy
From the time of booking you have 3 business days to cancel your reservation without penalty. Cancellations made outside of this window will be charged a non-refundable one night stay. All cancellations made after 5:00p.m. EDT on Friday, September 1 will be charged the full minimum night stay. Please note, public sector rooms are subject to the same terms and conditions.
Prior to September 1 at 5:00p.m. EDT should you need to cancel a hotel reservation you can do so by emailing US.Housing@Gartner.com. You can also cancel your reservation by logging into your event registration in your gartner.com profile or by calling the Symposium/ITxpo Housing Team at 1-866-405-2511. After September 1 cancellations and changes will need to be made directly with the hotel.
Failure to check-in on your scheduled arrival date will result in the cancellation of your entire reservation and will be subject to the cancellation penalty.
Minimum Stay Policy
All reservations made at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin requires a minimum 4 night stay. There a minimum 3 night stay required at all of the other Symposium/ITxpo hotels.
For more information, please reference our FAQ document or the complete list of Symposium/ITxpo Hotels.

Disney's Yacht & Beach Convention Center
1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Walt Disney World Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Walt Disney World Swan
1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Travel Information

Parking and Local Transportation
We offer complimentary shuttles to/from the official Gartner Symposium/ITxpo hotels. Shuttles will run every 10-20 minutes throughout the event hours. On the evening of the special event shuttles will return to the hotels on each of the bus routes as well as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Touchdown parking lot.
There is no onsite parking so if you elect to drive there is complimentary parking at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Touchdown parking lot and take complimentary shuttle to the Dolphin Hotel.
Airport Transfers
All attendees are responsible for making their own ground transportation arrangements to/from the airport. If you are staying at one of the Symposium/ITxpo Hotels we are pleased to offer discounted rates on arrangements made with Mears Transportation.
For more information on discounted rates please visit Mears Travel.

Area Attractions

Please visit our Disney Microsite, which enables attendees, as well as those friends and family members traveling with you, to individually purchase specially priced Disney Meeting & Convention Tickets. They’re available for purchase for pre- and post-conference stays, too. Discounts are only available until 9pm EDT on September 30, 2017, so book your tickets now!

Accommodations & Privacy Advisory

Gartner has been made aware that service providers, such as Exhibition Housing Management, have contacted a number of individuals who are attending our conference to offer hotel reservation services and/or sell copies of the confidential attendee list. 
Please note that Gartner has NOT authorized them, or anyone else, to contact attendees on our behalf, nor does Gartner share/sell attendee contact information to anyone. 
Learn more on how to protect yourself from scamming attempts.