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Dubai, January 21, 2014

Gartner Announces Speakers for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai

More Than 500 CIOs and Senior IT Executives to Gather At The Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai, U.A.E., 1-3 April 2014

Gartner has announced the program for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, its annual flagship conference in Dubai, to be held from 1-3 April 2014.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is Dubai’s largest and most important annual gathering of chief information officers (CIOs) and senior IT executives. More than 500 senior technology executives including more than 150 CIOs, approximately 30 Gartner analysts and 25 technology solution providers, will gather at the Madinat Jumeirah to discuss their key technology initiatives and plan the year ahead.

Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of Research at Gartner, will present the opening keynote where he will examine the challenges and opportunities for CIOs & IT leaders in a digital world.

Gartner analysts will present their latest research and advice. Some of the key speakers from Gartner include:

  • Tina Nunno, research vice president in Gartner's CIO Research group, will discuss findings from her book “The Wolf in CIO’s Clothing”. This session is based on the premise that CIOs are often in extreme political situations. These situations may place them at risk both professionally and personally. In extreme situations, extreme tactics such as manipulation and power plays often apply. This session will apply the wisdom of the controversial Niccolo Machiavelli to the world of the CIO.

  • David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow, will be presenting on The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 and the Cloud Computing Scenario: End of the Beginning Goes From Cloud to Ground and Back. Mr. Cearley will analyze emerging business and technology trends and explore how these trends shape the way individuals and companies derive value from technology.

A link to full speaker list is available at https://www.gartner.com/en/conferences/emea/symposium-uae

In addition, Guy Kawasaki, managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, will be the luminary keynote speaker. Mr. Kawasaki is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 12 books including APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur and Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.

Leading in a Digital World

The theme of this year’s Symposium/ITxpo is leading in a digital world. The Nexus of Forces (the convergence of forces: mobile, social, cloud and information) is rapidly changing how business gets done by enabling new connections and driving greater agility.  

“CIOs and senior IT executives are at the centre of this transformation and need to lead the creation of the digital enterprise,” said Mary Mesaglio, vice president at Gartner and conference chair for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. “Previously, when people thought of digital disruptions in business, they thought of industries like media, publishing, banking and retail. Now, every sector - from agriculture to government to mining - needs to navigate the challenges in this new digital world.”

At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014, attendees will discover how to seize new opportunities, forge strategic partnerships to drive change and evolve to become indispensable leaders in the digital world. This year's program revolves around four tracks and three industry verticals, including the renowned CIO Program. The agenda is a mix of management and technology insight empowering senior-level IT and business people to make the strategic, organizational and technology investment decisions they need for digital leadership.

Tracks include:

The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo agenda includes more than 90 analyst sessions, workshops, roundtables and mastermind keynotes across three full days. Gartner analysts and Executive Partners from around the world will be participating. Delegates have the opportunity to book one-on-one meetings with Gartner experts to discuss their specific challenges. Delegates will leave with personally relevant advice, new thinking and an action plan for the year ahead.

ITxpo, a solution showcase teeming with leading providers of IT solutions aimed at driving business imperatives, will highlight the next steps in technology through live demonstrations, face-to-face meetings with exhibitors, and fast-paced presentations on key technology directions. More than 25 leading technology and service providers will be exhibiting at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.

For further information about the event please visit http://www.gartner.com/technology/symposium/dubai/ . For the full agenda, visit http://events.gartner.com/en/symposium/eu/symposium/symme2/eventsagenda/index and click on the Agenda Builder button.

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Members of the media can register for the event by contacting Sony Shetty, Gartner PR, on +91 9820900036 or sony.shetty@gartner.com.

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world's most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives. This event delivers independent and objective content with the authority and weight of the world's leading IT research and advisory organization, and provides access to the latest solutions from key technology providers. Gartner's annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of attendees' annual planning efforts. IT executives rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency.For more information, please visit www.gartner.com/technology/symposium/dubai/.

About Gartner

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Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size.

To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit gartner.com.

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