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

As a CIO and senior IT leader,  you need actionable advice to drive digital to the core of your products, processes and talent. But you also need to prepare for disruptive trends that can help you deliver long-term business benefits. This year’s theme, Lead 360. Drive Digital to the Core, will help you see further, explore deeper and to discover how to make digital a core competence for you and your organization.

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 include:

  • A community of over 8,500 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
  • Recommended journeys with sessions and peer-to-peer engagements most relevant to you
  • 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 180 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 showcase with new possibilities for digital business, organized into marketplaces to make it easy to find the solutions you need

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions here.



All CIOs and IT leaders have unique goals and challenges around two key areas: aligning to their CEOs’ business priorities and advancing their careers, digital roadmaps and organizational influence. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you address both, with a flexible, accessible agenda mapped to your top priorities and anchored in three key areas: Technology and Information, Leadership, and Business Strategy

2016 Conference Tracks

An agenda focused on your priorities
This year, our track structure is built on a framework of strategic and tactical priorities that overlap and interlock across leadership, technology and information, and business strategy.
Learn more about our additional dedicated tracks covering your priorities for Cloud, Security and Risk Management, and Cost Optimization.

View full  track descriptions and key priorities that will be addressed.

Industry Program

Digital is moving quickly. Prepare for what’s happening right now in your industry — with a full day of networking and solution provider presentations on Sunday, cross-industry sessions throughout the week, and industry-specific presentations you don’t want to miss.

Magic Quadrant and Hype Cycle Sessions

Do you have an IT investment decision to make?
Hear from a Gartner analyst first. Plus, be there live during these Magic Quadrant and Hype Cycle sessions to ask questions directly to the analyst.
Gartner Magic Quadrant
A graphical representation that positions competing technology vendors within a specific market, a Gartner Magic Quadrant lets you clearly see how well technology providers are executing against the overall market.

View all 16 Magic Quadrant sessions.

Gartner Hype Cycle
An interpretive methodology unique to Gartner, a Hype Cycle offers an objective view of commercial viability, and how well a technology can be expected to solve real business problems and exploit new opportunities.

View all 4 Hype Cycle sessions.
If you miss this, you’ve missed the latest thinking and the opportunity to apply it.

- Brice Bible, VP and CIO University of Buffalo

Trends differ, technologies are always emerging and Gartner always has a fresh perspective.

- Randy Hunter, VP of IT America First Credit Union

What to Expect from Symposium/ITxpo 2016


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

Highlighted Speakers

  • Robert Gates
    Robert Gates

    Secretary of Defense (2006 - 2011)

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  • Satya Nadella
    Satya Nadella

    Chief Executive Officer

    Microsoft Corporation

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  • Chuck Robbins
    Chuck Robbins

    Chief Executive Officer


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Featured Speakers

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 senior IT executive. 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 2016 will take place at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Walt Disney World Swan, Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Disney's Boardwalk. A full day of industry-specific insights kicks off on Sunday, October 16, at 9 a.m., 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


Gartner has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms for attendees at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress at the rate of $239/night+tax.  To make a reservation please call 888-421-1442 and reference “Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.” Please note that transportation to/from this property and the event will not be provided. You are welcome to take the complimentary shuttle from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Home Run parking lot to the event which is a short cab ride away from the Hyatt. The estimated taxi fare from the Hyatt to the Home Run lot is $24 each way.
Alternatively, you are welcome to contact our other properties (listed below). Availability at these properties is very limited however you are welcome to contact them to see if rooms have become available due to recent cancellations.
If you are booked at one of our properties and need to change or cancel an existing reservation please contact the hotel directly.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel - (800) 227-1500
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel - (800) 227-1500
Disney's Yacht Club Resort - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Beach Club Resort - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Boardwalk Inn - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Contemporary Resort - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Polynesian Resort - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Wilderness Lodge - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - (407) 827-6797
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort - (407) 827-6797
Waldorf Astoria Orlando Bonnet Creek - (888) 353-2009
Hilton Bonnet Creek - (888) 353-2013
Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa - (407) 827-2727
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista  - (407) 827-4000
Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek - (407) 390-2300
Courtyard Marriott Village -  (407) 938-9001
Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott Village - (407) 938-9001
SpringHill Suites Marriott Village - (407) 938-9001
B Resort - (866) 759-6832

Hotel Cancellation Policy
All cancellations made after 5:00p.m. EDT on Friday, September 16 must be made directly with the hotel and will be charged the full minimum night stay. Please note, public sector rooms are subject to the same terms and conditions.
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, which must be booked between Sunday, October 16 and Thursday, October 20. All other Symposium/ITxpo hotels require a minimum 3 night stay.

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. 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.  The shuttle bus schedule is now available.
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.
For more information, please reference our  FAQ document

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 a discounted rates on arrangements made with Mears Transportation.

For more information on discounted rates please visit Mears Travel

Discount Disney Tickets
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. Discount only available until 9pm EST on October 15, 2016, so book your tickets now!!

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

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
900 Cayman Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
1000 Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Contemporary Resort
4600 North World Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Yacht Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Beach Club Resort
1800 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL, United States

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
2901 Osceola Parkway
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
1600 Seven Seas Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort
901 Timberline Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Wyndham Grand Resort Orlando Bonnet Creek
14651 Chelonia Parkway
Orlando, FL, United States

Hilton Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States

Buena Vista Palace Orlando
1900 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States

Marriott Village Orlando
8623 Vineland Ave
Orlando , Florida, United States

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.