The value of Gartner

As the world’s leading research and advisory company, Gartner brings IT leaders the actionable, objective insights, expert guidance and tools needed to achieve the most critical priorities of today and build the successful organizations of tomorrow. At the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™ 2021 conference, tackle your key initiatives and learn how to lead the IT organization to contribute greater business impact.


  • Unbiased, research-backed sessions led by Gartner experts
  • Personalized interaction with seasoned experts
  • An exclusive sneak peek at newly released Gartner IT research, presented by the experts with fresh, real-world examples
  • Actionable insights and best practices on your most pressing challenges

Who are Gartner experts?

Gartner experts are the people behind the research our clients trust. They extract insights from qualitative and quantitative research and from thousands of CIO interactions every year. As unbiased leaders in the IT field, Gartner experts serve as conference speakers, attendee mentors and research facilitators. 

Opportunities to interact with IT experts

In addition to attending keynotes and track sessions across the conference agenda, attendees can join interactive sessions led by Gartner experts for a deeper and more personal dive into particular topics or challenges. View the agenda for a full list of sessions.

Gartner one-on-one meeting*

This popular session provides you 30 minutes of undivided attention and support from a Gartner expert. Get feedback on a key initiative or share an urgent challenge. Attendees tell us these meetings in themselves are worth the cost of the conference admission.

Roundtable sessions*

Join your IT executive peers from leading organizations and various industries to discuss relevant topics inspired by the latest research in these small-group sessions moderated by Gartner experts. 

Ask the Expert sessions*

These interactive, small-group discussions foster learning and feature one Gartner expert who answers your pressing questions. 

*Preregistration for Ask the Expert sessions, roundtables and one-on-one sessions is required. Hurry, space is limited. Depending on availability and eligibility, registered attendees may sign up for these session types through Gartner Conference Navigator after registration. 


The value of Gartner research, interaction with experts, unparalleled peer group networking and inspiring speakers are just a few reasons attendees come back to Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo year after year. Here’s what attendees have to say.

“This is one place where you get so many cross-industry experts. Many different levels in the organization. I don’t know of any other place I can go to that I can really talk to somebody in retail, talk to somebody in transportation. We’re all facing similar challenges and I think it’s great to connect with them.”

Mike Goodwin
Senior Vice President of IT, CIO, Petco

“I have been attending for over 10 years; Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo always provides strong insight to enable my organization to pivot to ever shifting technology and digital landscapes.”

Daniel DiMicco
Head of R&D Informatics, BASF

“So what’s really unique about Gartner Symposium is the amount of knowledge and ideas that are brought forward to you and really condensed in a way that is immediately applicable once you go back to the office.”

Ruperto MacQuhae
Head of Infrastructure, DHL Express