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GOLD COAST, Australia, October 12, 2016

Australian and New Zealand CIOs to Share Their Stories at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on the Gold Coast, Australia, 24-27 October 2016

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Provides a Tailored Agenda for the Experienced, New and Aspiring CIO

Gartner, Inc. has announced the final agenda for its flagship annual conference for CIOs and senior IT executives from Australia, New Zealand and the wider Asia Pacific region, Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016, to be held on the Gold Coast this month.

The conference agenda is designed for experienced, new and aspiring CIOs who want to master leadership, develop their team and prepare for disruptive trends. Gartner has created four ‘CIO journeys’ with a series of recommended sessions based on the attendee’s current role and tenure to create agendas tailored to their priorities. 

In addition to guest keynote speakers and Gartner analyst sessions, the Symposium/ITxpo agenda features ‘CIO Stories’ sessionspresented by visionary CIOs sharing practical examples of putting digital leadership into practice, including: 

  • Bev McQuade, CIO, SA Water
  • Randall Brugeaud, CIO, Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Sabrina Walsh, CIO, Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Dr. Zoran Bolevich, Chief Executive/CIO, eHealth NSW
  • Sarv Girn, CIO, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Stuart Wakefield, CIO, Ministry of Education, New Zealand

Held over four days at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, more than 1,500 people including more than 500 CIOs are expected to attend this year’s conference.

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. At the global event series, 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 contributors to their enterprise's success. 

This year's theme is ‘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 from 360 degrees becomes essential.

The conference features six tracks spanning technology and information, leadership and business strategy. More than 50 Gartner analysts will provide independent research and advice in personal one-on-one meetings with delegates onsite. A wealth of peer engagement opportunities will allow delegates to make lasting connections, share best practices, and network with peers.

More than 80 technology solution providers will showcase new possibilities for digital business, organized into marketplaces to make it easy to find the right solutions. 

Attendees can expect highly focused content relevant to their top priorities at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016, the world's most important gathering of CIOs and other senior IT executives. Follow news and updates on Twitter using #GartnerSYM.

Dates and locations for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 events include:

October 16-20, Orlando, Florida

October 24-27, Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 24-27, Gold Coast, Australia

November 6-10, Barcelona, Spain

November 15-18, Goa, India

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