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STAMFORD, Conn., July 19, 2016

Gartner Announces Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016, October 16-20, in Orlando

What: Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016

When: October 16-20, 2016

Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Members of the media can register for the event by contacting Christy Pettey at


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world's most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT leaders, uniting a global community of CIOs with the tools, insights and strategies to help them lead the next generation of IT and achieve business outcomes. More than 8,500 CIOs and senior IT and business leaders will gather for the insights they need to ensure that their IT initiatives are key contributers to and drivers of their enterprise's success.

Lead 360 - Drive Digital to the Core

When competing at digital speeds and needing to drive digital innovation to the core of every process, product and service, the ability to expand your mindset and see the future in 360 becomes essential. By thinking, acting and leading change in multiple directions, CIOs can perceive what others can't. Leading 360 opens your eyes to a bigger picture from the edge to the core.

In the opening Keynote, Gartner's leading analysts will explain how driving digital to the core will challenge CIOs and IT leaders to become "panoramic leaders," changing the way they view the digital business landscape to open up new doors all around them, reveal unexpected potential, and make the right choices. CIOs will learn how to become better builders to leverage the power of platforms, and determine how to connect to a burgeoning and unprecedented digital infrastructure that sets them up for a successful future. Leading 360 broadens the perspective to drive digital into the core so that business and IT become more agile, aligned and able to innovate at digital speeds.

Gartner analysts will sit down with key influencers who are uniquely equipped to deal with driving digital to the core.

This year's Mastermind Keynotes include:

  •  Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
  • Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense (2006-2011)

Additional Guest Keynotes include:

  • William Ruh, CEO, GE Digital
  • Michael S. Brown, CIO, ExxonMobil Global Services Company 
  • Pat Riley, President, Miami Heat; third most-winning NBA coach of all-time; award-winning author, "The Winner Within"
  • Bert Jacobs, CEO, Life Is Good
  • Frans Johansson, CEO, The Medici Group; author, "The Medici Effect" and "The Click Moment"
  • Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University; best-selling author of "Predictably Irrational," "The Upside of Irrationality" and "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty"
  • Linda Kaplan Thaler, business leader, author and communications expert

This year's conference program centers on the CIO and IT leaders' key priorities categorized into six tracks. Along with 12 industry tracks and a renowned CIO Experience, Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is a one-of-a-kind experience, specifically designed to focus on three key areas: Technology and Information, Leadership and Business Strategy.

The six mission-critical tracks include:

  • Transform the Technology Core
  • Architect the Digital Platform
  • Mastering Leadership
  • Create a Dynamic Organization
  • Drive Business Performance
  • Plan for the Digital Future

The event kicks off on Industry Day, Sunday, October 16, with nine industry-specific and cross-industry sessions continuing throughout the week.

Attendees can choose from 280 Gartner analyst sessions, workshops and roundtables across five full days. These sessions will help attendees learn new concepts, new strategies and Lead 360.

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 aligned with 11 ITxpo Marketplaces — Applications; Business Intelligence & Information Management; Business Process Management; Content, Collaboration & Social Software; Data Center & IT Operations; Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise Networking & Communications; Mobility & Wireless; Sourcing & IT Services; Program and Portfolio Management; and Security & Compliance — as well as the Emerging Technologies Pavilion and Industry Day Exhibitor booths.

For complete event and registration details, please visit Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. Follow news and updates from the event on Twitter using #GartnerSYM.

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