What: Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2011
When: October 16-20, 2011
Where: Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, Florida
Details: Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the industry's largest and most strategic conference for senior IT and business professionals. More than 8,500 senior business and IT strategists, including more than 2,000 CIOs, will gather for the insights, tools and solutions they need to ensure that their IT initiatives are key contributors to and drivers of their enterprise's success.
Re-imagine IT: Leading From the Front
Last year, the focus was on making the successful transition from recovery to growth. Twelve months later, the challenges for IT leadership are even greater, requiring IT leadership to re-imagine how new technologies can be embraced and used for competitive advantage.
At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, attendees will come away with new ways to re-imagine a business structure in which information users are simultaneously creators and consumers; re-imagine information technology through a process of "creative destruction"; and re-imagine the evolving role of the IT department as a whole.
In the opening Gartner analyst keynote on Monday, October 17, analysts will explain what it means to re-imagine IT, and they will explore the leadership needed to drive business success.
Gartner analysts will sit down with key influencers who are uniquely equipped to re-imagine IT and apply its potential in ways that are changing the game for technology and business. This year's Mastermind Interview Keynotes include:
Paul Maritz, chief executive officer, VMware
Robert B. Carter, chief information officer, FedEx Corporation
This year's conference program integrates four major trends that are shaping the IT landscape. They include Mobile, Context, Cloud and Social. The program revolves around 11 tracks, including the renowned CIO Program at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, that deliver on the needs and expectations of IT leaders as identified by Gartner clients. It's a mix of management and technology insight empowering senior-level IT and business people to make the strategic, organizational and technology-investment decisions required to emerge with a competitive edge. The tracks include:
The CIO Program at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo will provide information and tools for the choices that CIOs face now, expanding their thinking, accelerating their decision making and enabling them to test their ideas. The program is based on feedback from more than 2,000 CIOs, and it includes analyst presentations, problem-solving workshops and meaningful exchanges between CIO peers. In a format specifically requested by CIOs, the program offers a rare opportunity to share real-world experiences with peers while experiencing the proven value of Gartner advice and insight.
Delegates can choose from more than 540 sessions that deliver expert IT intelligence from every corner of the IT industry. The sessions, along with more than 120 workshops and 70 roundtable discussions, provide attendees with the advice they need for real business decisions.
ITxpo, a solution showcase teeming with leading providers of IT solutions aimed at driving business imperatives, will highlight the next steps in technology through live demonstrations, face-to-face meetings with exhibitors, and fast-paced presentations on key technology directions aligned with 11 ITxpo Marketplaces — Applications; Business Intelligence, Data Management & Integration; Business Process Management; Content, Collaboration & Social Software; Data Center & IT Operations; Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise Networking & Communications; Outsourcing & IT Services; Program & Portfolio Management; Security & Compliance; and Wireless & Mobile.
The Emerging Technologies Pavilion at ITxpo will house some of the most intriguing up-and-coming providers in enterprise IT, including Gartner Cool Vendors, across key markets. The Pavilion will include demonstrations and theater sessions highlighting what makes these providers so intriguing, and why they're likely to become the major providers of tomorrow.
For complete event details, please visit the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo website at www.gartner.com/symposium/us.
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