Gartner Application Innovation & Business Solutions Summit

16 – 17 June 2021 | EMEA | Virtual

Building a Resilient Enterprise with Composable, Adaptable Applications

The demand for business resilience in a turbulent environment requires responsive, agile applications, innovative software engineering, effective application portfolio management and better IT-Business collaboration. Join us at the virtual Gartner Application Innovation & Business Solutions Summit, 16 – 17 June 2021, to learn how to architect, develop and integrate applications that will enable composable business: modular, adaptable, automated. Learn from trusted Gartner experts, share ideas with IT and business leaders, and discover new insights that will help you craft an application and software engineering strategy to meet your business needs in the new normal. 


Create a modern, agile applications organization capable of powering innovation and digital transformation. 


Help your organization to transform into an intelligent, composable business with an adaptable, resilient application and software engineering strategy


Navigate the complexities of Microservices, Platform-as-a-Service, APIs, Cloud Native Architectures, AI, Digital Experience Platforms and more

The pace of business change will continue to accelerate for the foreseeable future. Applications and Software Engineering leaders must seize the opportunity to help their organizations to become intelligent composable businesses, driving superior business outcomes. Gartner Application Innovation & Business Solutions Summit gives you the chance to hear from industry experts, network with senior leaders, and learn how to build a winning applications strategy to succeed in our new normal.

Anthony Mullen

Sr. Director Analyst and Conference Chair, Gartner

Senior Leadership Circle

The Senior Leadership Circle (SLC) is an exclusive program within the overall agenda designed for the most senior application and software engineering leaders to explore new strategies, share innovative ideas and grow their community of peers.

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    Calling all application and software
    engineering leaders

    Gartner Application Innovation & Business Solutions Summit is built for application and software engineering leaders looking to craft leading-edge applications, architectures and strategies that enable composable enterprises.

    Transform your organization into an intelligent, composable business
    • Develop an application strategy that is modular, composable and resilient. 
    • Modernize your application portfolio while delivering innovation to the business.
    • Drive business outcomes faster by working with non-IT resources. 
    • Advance your organization's cloud strategy.
    Develop software engineering strategies to create successful teams, systems and experiences.
    • Develop the right skills and team structures for a modern software engineering organization.
    • Understand the best practices for scaling agile. 
    • Transition from a project-centric to a product-centric delivery model.
    • Explore the API approaches that are being used by the most successful organizations.
    • Guide the cultural changes required for successful software engineering. 
    Create a new vision for enterprise architecture
    • Redefine enterprise architecture (EA) and how it adds business value.
    • Architect your organization for adaptability and change. 
    • Build a flexible, adaptive EA team. 
    • Support innovation, transformation and the use of new technologies.
    Build agile architectures that continuously adapt and evolve to meet new and evolving business requirements
    • Create an architecture that is flexible enough to both satisfy current demands and adapt to emerging demand. 
    • Develop strong agile architecture, DevOps and cloud-native skills.
    • Optimize and refine application delivery to make it repeatable, effective and efficient.
    Craft a pervasive integration strategy that meets the needs of a modern organization
    • Design a future-proof business application integration strategy. 
    • Select the right integration platforms and technologies to support digital business. 
    • Implement a technical API strategy that allows the delivery of more integrations, faster. 
    • Learn how to integrate AI into your organization.
    • Integrate cloud-based and on-premises applications.
    Create multidisciplinary digital business teams to ensure successful digital transformation
    • Align strategies between IT and the business. 
    • Create hybrid IT-business “fusion” teams. 
    • Develop a common view of value by establishing shared metrics. 
    • Transition from a project-centric to a product-centric delivery model.
    Deliver quality applications with increased agility
    • Explore the frameworks, tools and practices to design and develop modern applications and platforms.
    • Learn how to use automation and other approaches to enable developers.
    • Adopt DevOps practices and architect applications to leverage the benefits of low-code, cloud platforms, multigrained services and extreme automation.
    • Cross traditional IT-business boundaries to work together to optimize the entire application delivery life cycle and improve business outcomes.
    Develop a dynamic approach to program and portfolio management
    • Use zero-based principals to refocus portfolios on strategic business initiatives
    • Use your EMPO to mange the innovation to product journey
    • Successfully start lean portfolio management
    • Depoliticize project prioritization

    2021 Tracks at a Glance

    Explore the conference tracks built upon the latest Gartner research specifically designed to help application leaders build agile architectures, craft a cloud strategy and optimize existing applications.

    Track A

    Leadership Strategies For the Future of Business Solutions

    The demand for business resilience in a post-pandemic environment will translate to an imperative for responsive, agile applications and innovative software engineering. As enterprises transform to their digital futures, the experience of making, buying, and using applications will also transform. This track will help you to pave your unique road to the future of applications.

    Track B

    Architectural Models and Tools Supporting your Composable Applications

    The demands of resilient application architecture drive the need for new platform services, tools and frameworks. This track provides guidance on the latest in architectural approaches to support composable applications to deliver new digital experiences.

    Track C

    Software Engineering and Integration Tactics in The Age of Agility

    Digital business, increasing complexity, and ever-growing vendor and open source ecosystems pose many challenges for application developers and architects. This track delivers the insights you need to rethink the way your organization develops, integrates, and governs software and data to power your digital transformation.

    Track D

    Artificial Intelligence and other Transformative Technologies

    Leading enterprises gain a competitive edge through hyperautomation, operationalized AI and embracing emerging technologies. This track will provide strategy and tactics for Software Engineering and Application Development leaders looking to use transformative technologies like AI, IoT and Blockchain to gain or maintain competitive advantage.

    Track E

    Delivering Next Generation Total Experience

    Application leaders must drive better customer and employee value by delivering effortless yet highly compelling experiences across digital channels and new modes of interaction. This track explores best practices and strategies for both internal/employee and external/customer experiences and engagement.

    Spotlight Track

    Bridging the Gap Between IT and the Business

    Building an organization capable of capitalizing on its talent and technology to deliver value requires a close alignment between IT and the Business. This track will show you how to align strategies between IT and the business, create hybrid IT-Business Fusion teams, and create a common view of value by adopting shared metrics.

    Spotlight Track

    Technical Insights

    Organizations can only realize the promise of digital business and their digital workplace when they take control of the underpinning architecture, data and technology. This track showcases Gartner for Technical Professionals content and digs deeper into the technical details around how you can deliver the future of applications for your organization.

    Spotlight Track

    Program and Portfolio Management: Delivering Business Outcomes

    Navigating the realities of continuous change, disruption, and uncertainty requires a dynamic approach to program and portfolio management. This spotlight track will emphasize the deployment of adaptive approaches, prioritization frameworks, and organizational change management practices that enhance the accelerated realization of digital outcomes.

    Spotlight Track

    Enterprise Architecture: Designing Digital Businesses for Adaptability and Resilience

    Enterprise Architects must facilitate a redesign of key business and operating model elements to help the enterprise be adaptable while staying resilient. This track provides guidance on building new cloud strategies, collaborating with the business to foster innovation, and using business architecture to design the next generation of applications and digital experience strategies.

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