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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™
18 – 21 October 2021 | Orlando, FL
25 – 27 October 2021 | Sydney, Australia
8 – 11 November 2021 | Barcelona, Spain

16 – 18 November 2021 | Tokyo, Japan
30 November – 2 December 2021 | Kochi, India

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.

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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

Get a preview of the highly anticipated Gartner Top 10 strategic trends with this snippet from a Gartner keynote with Distinguished VP Analyst, Daryl Plummer.

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Leading Business Transformation Through COVID-19

Despite the disruption caused by pandemic, recession and social upheaval, boards of directors have made the acceleration of digital business their top priority.

Disruptions caused by the pandemic have forced organizations to implement new operating models to accommodate near-term challenges such as work from home and facility closures. The big question now is which changes are lasting and which are temporary. There is a high level of uncertainty.

Technology competencies in non-IT workers are increasing, creating new opportunities to co-create solutions that address needs and capture new opportunities. It is time for IT to embrace this trend.

Understanding business priorities and applying value disciplines to inform management and execution are foundational to the transition to digital business.

Ecosystem participation is a key opportunity and that can take different forms — providing or co-creating an ecosystem and selling or buying through one. An ecosystem creates value by supporting business models that enable participants to achieve performance superior to businesses that operate independently. Likewise, ecosystems enable public-sector agencies to gain efficiency dividends and deliver a superior citizen experience.

The magnitude and velocity of the growth of the pandemic, recession and social upheaval have surpassed the ability of industrial-era institutions and organizations to meet the challenges placed in front of them. Executives will find the need to vastly improve their own company’s ability to respond to these types of exponential threats.

Pandemic response has accelerated digital business, but the changes in many organizations have been reactive and unplanned. It is time for IT leaders to take a step back and reevaluate strategic plans and directions.

Market dynamics are shifting significantly as enterprises face challenges serving core constituencies such as students, patients, citizens and customers. IT must play a key role in addressing these challenges. The effectiveness and relevance of many institutions and enterprises is now dependent on IT. The time to change is now. Waiting until “things get better” or “this blows over” is not a good tactic.

Perhaps the biggest mistake organizations make regarding business transformation is to assume the effort is all about technology, when actually it is about culture and business. There is a growing realization among our clients that digital business transformation is more than a matter of technology. It must entail business model transformation as well. It can be difficult for CIOs to amass support for this level of change. They need to partner with executives to create a shared vision for transformation.

Many organizations, challenged by the sheer magnitude of a transformation, operate incrementally to optimize their business, which can yield helpful and even significant short-term results. There are a lot of lessons to learn from organizations that have embarked on transformation initiatives, even if they are not in your industry.

Many companies are investing their attention to digitally improving their internal operations to reduce their operating costs with new designs of their business. This includes asset-intensive industries like mining and utilities.

One of the trends we are observing is the creation of alternative structures to pursue digital business transformation. This frees up part of the organization to push the boundaries on how digital business shifts markets and enables new value propositions.

Also, there are transformations to core operations and business processes that need to happen. Again, productive internal partnerships with leaders beyond IT is critical.

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