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

18 – 21 October 2021 | Americas | Virtual

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™ is going virtual

After careful consideration and input from our clients, Gartner has made the decision to deliver this year’s conference virtually. While we were looking forward to bringing people together in person, given the uncertainty associated with the Delta variant and potential travel and safety challenges we believe at this time a virtual conference experience will provide the best opportunity to learn, engage and be inspired.

Guiding CIOs and IT executives to accelerate digital business

Last year was a catalyst that brought digital business innovation to the forefront of organizations. CIOs and IT executives were at the core of driving that innovation. 2021 is the time to build on your momentum to enhance customer engagement, generate new revenue and serve customers and citizens.

Digital business acceleration is execution at speed and we’re your co-pilot. 

Prioritize what to accelerate, unlock resources for digital investments, make meaningful cultural changes and so much more. No matter where you are on your digital business acceleration journey, we’re here to help you get to your destination faster — with confidence.

Leading today and tomorrow

CIOs demonstrated outstanding leadership in 2020. This year, build from that experience to embrace new approaches to leadership and strategic decision making to lead in a dynamic world.

Innovative technologies

What’s next in a changing world? Leverage emerging technologies to help shape alternative work styles, flexible supply chains and innovatively automated actions through artificial intelligence. 

Business continuity

Shape technology to respond to adversity. Discover digital business strategic planning tools and techniques to achieve business continuity.

Guiding CIOs and IT executives to accelerate digital business

The Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo™ conference brings together CIOs and IT executives to discuss key topics, including dynamic leadership, digital business acceleration, cybersecurity, customer experience, future of work and more. You’ll have access to some of the greatest minds in IT and opportunities to engage with peers facing similar challenges.

Prioritize what to accelerate, unlock resources for digital investments, make meaningful cultural changes and so much more. No matter where you are on your digital business acceleration journey, we’re here to help you get to your destination faster — with confidence.

Lean back and listen
Expect the best speakers, brightest minds and the latest big ideas. These sessions provide the inspiration and actionable insight to transform your most critical priorities into business results.


  • Signature Series. Gain insight from our first-released top predictions, the Gartner CIO Agenda, CEO perspectives, strategic technology trends and more. View Sessions
  • Maverick sessions. These edgy, disruptive and thought-provoking sessions feature Gartner Maverick research. Break out of your comfort zone, consider alternative scenarios, and conceptualize future opportunities and risks. View Sessions

Lean in and engage
Facilitated by Gartner experts, these sessions challenge you to solve problems together, exchange viewpoints and get to the core of the business imperatives that drive you and your peers.


  • Workshops.* Small-scale and interactive: Collaborate with peers by taking the most important topics and learning how to apply them to your business.
  • Contract Negotiation Clinics.* Negotiation is an art. At the conference, learn how to negotiate the best contracts for your organization, regardless of vendor size.

*Preregistration is required. These sessions are available to end users only. Workshops are available to CIOs only.

Network with experts and peers
At Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo, attendees have the opportunity to connect with Gartner experts and industry-leading CIOs and IT executives. Meet one-on-one with Gartner experts for tailored advice to help you achieve your most critical priorities.

Build new relationships, broaden your perspectives and uncover ways to solve problems alongside other IT leaders. When you engage with like-minded peers, you’ll find opportunities to share your ideas and experiences. 


  • Gartner one-on-one meetings.* These popular meetings offer you the undivided attention of a Gartner expert who will listen and guide you on the matters most critical to your success.
  • Braindate. Build new relationships, network and discuss with peers in a one-on-one or group setting through the braindate platform. Join existing topic sessions or create your own for others to join. 
  • Peer conversations. Join 30-minute peer-to-peer discussions designed to connect attendees around meaningful topics. These sessions are facilitated by a Gartner expert to keep the conversations on track.

*Preregistration is required. These sessions are available to end users only; space is limited.

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo has a number of special programs available to attendees to frame the insights and information by organization size, industry and more.

Global Enterprise Executive Experience
The Global Enterprise Executive Experience (GEEE) is an exclusive program for enterprises that have more than $10 billion in annual revenue. Learn More
Midsize Enterprise Program
Designed with scale and resources in mind, the Midsize Enterprise Program is specifically for CIOs and IT executives from midsize enterprises. Learn More
Women CIO/Women in IT
Designed exclusively for like-minded senior executive women, the Gartner Women in IT/CIO Program provides an environment and platform that nurture collaboration and foster the creation of long-lasting peer connections. View Sessions
DEI and Corporate Responsibility
Track sessions and interactive experiences focus on issues relevant to diverse identities, including LGBTQ and neurodiversity, as well as corporate sustainability, equity and inclusion. View Sessions

Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo provides an exceptional platform for CIOs and IT executives to gain multifaceted insight into the opportunities and challenges of leading and succeeding in a changing world in key verticals. It offers you the ideal setting to exchange ideas and experiences with others from similar organizations.

Dedicated industry content at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo will contextualize key topics from the conference to specific industries:

  • Discover how to take the biggest insights from the Gartner opening keynote and apply them to your industry.
  • Dive into the most critical top strategic technologies impacting your industry.
  • Prioritize what to focus on by utilizing the CIO and CEO Agendas — through the lens of your sector.

Industries covered at this year’s conference:

  • Banking & Investment Services
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail

We will distill the most critical advice for clients and deliver it at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo. Now is the time to turn to Gartner for insights, for direct advice and to discover how to thrive in a renewed economy. Knowing how to use technology for business outcome has never been so essential.

Whit Andrews

Distinguished VP Analyst and Conference Chair

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    Chief Information Officer (CIO) Experience

    The CIO Experience is an exclusive program within the overall agenda designed for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to explore new strategies, share innovative ideas and grow their community of peers.

    Join a global community of CIOs and
    IT executives

    The digital era has brought unprecedented change to technology, business and society. Beyond managing IT, CIOs are called to lead and inspire their teams and business stakeholders through deeply transformative business models, practices and cultures. Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo addresses the strategic needs of enterprise CIOs and their leadership teams. Explore all of the networking opportunities when you join our community.

    This conference is designed for:

    Connect with CIOs across regions and industries, and gain new perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of business transformation
    • Scale, refine and accelerate your digital business strategy
    • Create agile and responsive operating models
    • Reimagine the workplace of the future supported by new work environments and technology augmentation
    • Build and retain a dynamic skilled IT workforce
    • Overcome organizational culture, resource, and change management barriers
    • Identify, prioritize and capitalize on emerging technologies and trends
    Security, risk and compliance leaders can expect to walk away with insights to:
    • Discover and effectively handle breaches and incidents in a timely manner
    • Adapt your IT security requirements to encompass digital and cyber-physical needs
    • Anticipate cybersecurity threats
    • Manage risk in a distributed decision-making environment
    • Develop cybersecurity talent
    • Evaluate, measure and report risk
    Explore with chief data officers, chief analytics officers and senior data and analytics leaders on how to:
    • Predict future outcomes using advanced analytics and AI
    • Increase digital literacy across the organization
    • Move to a data-centric culture of self-service and pervasive business analytics
    • Drive revenue growth from information products and services
    Senior application leaders learn insights and best practices to:
    • Rationalize and modernize the application portfolio
    • Leverage the potential of emerging technologies to transform existing applications and processes
    • Drive business agility by promoting citizen development Enable distributed decision making
    • Decrease duplicate technology spend
    • Create superior digital experiences for customers, citizens and employees
    IT infrastructure and operations leaders, explore the tools and tactics to:
    • Use cloud management, I&O automation capabilities and organizational models to enable digital business
    • Create a modern I&O strategy that drives agility, engagement and value creation
    • Adopt platform thinking to enable infrastructure-led innovation

    Tracks at a Glance

    Join us for the latest Gartner research specifically designed to help CIOs and IT executives accelerate digital business. Each track has a particular area of focus to help you deliver on what matters most to you and your organization.

    Track A

    Technology Innovation

    CIOs and IT executives will walk away with clear insights and understanding of the opportunities and risks in adopting emerging technologies to help you shape your digital transformation journey and innovation strategies, and lead your business recovery and growth.

    Track B

    Business Strategy

    This track provides CIOs and IT executives with business strategic planning tools and techniques to embrace the complexities and dynamics of a postpandemic world — and then execute the plans successfully while remaining adaptive to the changing and dynamic environment of 2022 and beyond.

    Track C


    CIOs and IT executives will takeaway tools and techniques to help you lead effectively and overcome dynamically evolving constraints.

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