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The World’s Most Important Gathering of CIOs and IT Executives™

As the world reopens postpandemic, CIOs and senior IT leaders need to continuously execute in a chaotic, but hopeful, business environment. Seizing digital business opportunities and responding to adversity requires dynamic leaders to prioritize and leverage technology for business advantages in new and innovative ways. At the same time, business resilience is only one of many complex challenges creating ongoing market turbulence.

In times of rapidly evolving risks and opportunities, CIOs and senior IT leaders must embrace new approaches to leadership and strategic decision making. From cybersecurity threats to postpandemic shifts in the way we work, they must make extremely fast decisions during times of uncertainty.

Join us to hear from independent experts on what matters most now and how to set your organization up for success.

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™
25 – 27 October 2021 | APAC | Virtual
8 – 11 November 2021 | EMEA | Virtual

16 – 18 November 2021 | Japan | Virtual
30 November – 2 December 2021 | India | Virtual

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo

Explore the technology, insights and latest trends shaping the future of IT and business. Hone your leadership skills, refine your strategies and find the innovative technologies that will help to accelerate your digital business.
Who should attend
  • CIOs, CTOs, chief digital officers
  • Chief security officers
  • Security officers, heads of security
  • Chief data officers, chief analytics officers
  • Officers and heads of data and analytics
  • Senior application leaders
  • VPs of IT infrastructure and operations
What's covered
  • Discover how to be a transformational leader, influence stakeholders and embrace the evolution of the CIO.
  • Gain practical skills and best practices from peers and experts to capitalize on key technology trends.
  • Learn how to scale, refine and accelerate your digital business strategy.
  • Explore the latest cybersecurity risks and how to adapt your IT security strategy.
  • Explore the future of hybrid work and what that means for IT leaders.
  • Invest in operating capabilities that create a tighter integration of the enterprise and IT operating models.
  • Create superior customer and citizen experiences that serve as sustainable differentiators.
  • Leverage smarter spending models and tools for better business outcomes.

I have attended Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo for many years. Without fail, I come away with new ideas, deeper appreciation for current topics and energized to go forward in my role as a CIO.

Rick Lindberg

CIO and VP, ASTM International

At Gartner CIO conferences, you’ll find actionable insights, expert guidance and practical tools to help you achieve your most critical priorities

Gartner provides CIOs and IT executives with today’s must-have research, strategic advice and tools, and frequent updates on all aspects of leadership, technology and business strategy. At Gartner, we’re working to deliver the highest-quality, most relevant CIO conferences. The safety of our attendees, clients and staff is our No. 1 priority. Until we’re confident we can provide a safe environment for all attendees and staff, the Gartner CIO Conferences team will guide your organization into the future, providing strategies, advice and real stories of business model change, resilience and restoration.

To that end, we’ve pulled together content that we hope provides answers to your most pressing questions. Below you’ll find Gartner research, articles, webinars, Q&As with Gartner experts and much more. Make sure you check back frequently for updates on the changing IT landscape and the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™ 2021 conference.

Find content aligned to your roles below

Set the mission and vision of the IT organization

Today’s CIOs have to overcome the barriers of organizational culture, resources and talent to grow and scale your digital initiatives. Gartner is here to help provide expert guidance in this era of uncertainty. 

Build agile architectures armed with applications

Today’s application leaders face challenges on every front. From leveraging emerging technologies to legacy optimization, you must do it all. Ensure you have the practical insights you need to guide the organization into the next decade of digital transformation.

Lead the development of the I&O strategy roadmap

IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders have to deal with conflicting priorities of keeping the systems running to support the business while embracing emerging trends to enable the business and provide a faster, more agile set of services. We share tips to modernize operations across on-premises, cloud and edge environments, and the latest thinking on IT service management and AIOps.

Lead strategy of data and analytics products

Data and analytics are modernizing worldwide, and as D&A leaders, you must be vigilant about how to optimize the process by using the best technology available. Gartner will help you to strike the right balance and create successful data and analytics strategies. 

Take a fresh look at security management

Many organizations take an ineffective approach to cybersecurity. Anticipate the emergence of attacks and new risks of digital business, cloud, mobility and the Internet of Things by improving capabilities and implementing the right technologies.

Take a look inside Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™ offers you a wealth of knowledge, expertise, hands-on advice and long-term strategies for innovation and growth. Whether you attend sessions, network or meet one-on-one with vendors and colleagues, Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo is a unique place to explore solutions, trends and ideas to inspire and transform your business.

Have questions? Get tailored advice from a Gartner expert. Hear how past attendees have used their conference experiences to bring back actionable insights to their organizations.

Preparing for Digital Business Acceleration Postpandemic

The pandemic has motivated enterprise leaders to accelerate digital business initiatives, but many organizations haven’t reached digital maturity yet. Here are the five pertinent questions on CIOs roles and responsibilities in preparing executive leaders for digital business acceleration.

According to a Gartner survey, a lack of clarity on the digital destination is holding back enterprises to enable digital business acceleration.

Executive leaders should be clear about key digital initiatives and have a shared understanding of necessary business model changes. CIOs can have frequent strategic conversations with CxOs to understand their individual ambitions and concerns. Such discussions can educate stakeholders and build clear digital narratives around optimizing the existing business models or developing new platform-based business models.

When executive leaders actively take on new roles to accelerate digital business, there is a much greater chance for success. In organizations where digital dexterity is low, CIOs can demonstrate traits like openness to innovation and risks to drive a mindset of continuous improvement among CxOs and help them adopt more inclusive, collaborative and cross-functional ways of working. They can partner with other IT and business leaders to ensure that workflows, incentives and policies encourage and appreciate digital dexterity.

To accelerate digital business, CIOs can ensure that the right capabilities are in place or in development. They can collaborate with senior leaders to identify and assess key digital business competencies (digital strategy and execution, customer experience management, innovation culture, infonomics, etc.) that can be potential accelerators. Based on their assessments, they can determine the strengths and weaknesses of each competency and develop improvement roadmaps to enhance critical capabilities.

To enable digital business acceleration, the onus of delivering information and technology can’t be solely on the IT organization, and there is a need to create multidisciplinary teams. Gartner research shows 84% of companies and 59% of government entities have set up “fusion teams” — multidisciplinary digital business teams that blend technology with other types of domain expertise.

CIOs need to establish a new technology model for the enterprise and shift from operators to orchestrators and digital leaders to decentralize responsibilities, provide resources and manage key technology platforms. They need to manage digital transformation challenges by focusing on the cultural, organizational and behavioral aspects of risk management. This way, they can derive maximum value from the new digital delivery model.

 

For a successful digital transformation, C-suite leaders should see themselves as digital leaders and manage critical technology processes as a team. CIOs should lead the effort and distribute responsibilities of general management, digital ideation and delivery, digital foundation building and traditional IT management among the C-suite. If few CxOs show reservations or aren’t ready, then CIOs can take specific responsibilities and make them a permanent part of their job profiles.

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