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SYDNEY, Australia, October 8, 2015

CIOs to Tell Their Digital Transformation Stories at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015, October 26-29 in Australia

The CIOs of several high profile organizations in Australia will present their stories of digital transformation and leadership at the upcoming Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

In these peer insight sessions presented by CIOs, for CIOs, conference delegates will hear real-life examples of how to rise to the challenge of digital disruption that is facing every organization in every industry. CIO Stories sessions will include:

1) Dr. Peter Lawrence, Chief Information Officer, Australian Department of Defence: How to Transform a Large IT Organization and Be Digitally Aware

With some 100,000 users, the Department of Defence has one of Australia’s largest ICT environments. Yet even large organizations need to change in response to the unstoppable rise of digital business. In an onstage interview, Dr. Lawrence will explore the leadership challenges of transforming a large IT organization and making it more digital aware. He will share insights into effective leadership and highlight how innovation is being fostered within the Department of Defence as a lesson for other CIOs facing similar challenges in their enterprises.

2) Patrick Maes, CTO and GM Strategy & Planning, Global Technology Services and Operations (GTSO) Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ): Digitization is More Than Skin Deep

In this presentation, Mr. Maes will share his experiences gained implementing digital business in a large, complex and regulated business. He will describe his four "core pillars" of effective digital strategy implementation.

3) David Banger, Chief Information Officer, John Holland: The Digital CIO Journey - Balancing Innovation and Cost Optimization

Mr. Banger will discuss how John Holland has digitized processes through practical and creative technology, resulting in the successful implementation of new work practices. His entertaining personal account follows how a business technologist has taken a range of approaches from different industries to a market entirely new to him, and defined the beginning of the organization’s digital journey. Mr. Banger will help delegates to understand why vendor relationships may be the key to qualifying technology in tomorrow’s market and to consider how operational technologies will transform everything.

4) William Confalonieri, Chief Digital Officer, CIO and Vice-President, Deakin University: The Quest for the Digital Frontier

Deakin University has a very ambitious digital agenda. Artificial Intelligence, immersive reality, internet of things, robots, hyper-social and personal hubs, cloud platforms and a number of bleeding edge innovations are significantly transforming stakeholder expectations and experiences. The reborn IT function serves as an innovation engine — strategic, agile, hyperaware, predictive, and bold — with a focus primarily on orchestrating complex digital ecosystems to deliver premium experiences to customers. Mr. Colfalonieri says it is not just about technology. Digital leadership must establish the right combination of vision, governance, people, behaviors, processes, culture, operational models, and technology to succeed.

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world's most important gathering of CIOs and other senior IT executives. This event delivers independent and objective content with the authority 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 these events to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to overcome business challenges and improve operational efficiency.

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Upcoming dates and locations for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 include:

October 19-22, Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 26-29, Gold Coast, Australia

October 28-30, Tokyo, Japan

November 2-5, Goa, India

November 8-12, Barcelona, Spain

About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT), is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities today and build the successful organizations of tomorrow.

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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