• Gartner Symposium/ITxpo South Africa

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    The 2018 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo will take place between 16 - 19 September in Cape Town, South Africa

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The World's Most Important Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives

Turn your vision into action at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, where the world’s top CIOs gain a strategic view of the emerging trends shaping IT and business. Through an unparalleled intersection of Gartner analysts, industry experts, peers and solution providers, you’ll explore new ways to approach critical challenges, make decisions with confidence and achieve greater impact as a leader.

Learn more about the value of Symposium/ITxpo, and preview the event in 60 seconds.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is specifically designed for:
Roles Include:
  • Corporate-wide CIOs
  • Business unit CIOs
  • Senior IT leaders reporting to the CIO
Senior IT Executives

What You Will Learn

Exploring the top challenges faced by today's CIOs, this 4-day event focuses on:

  • Technology & Information – Understand the key initiatives and investments you'll need to undertake to create a future-proofed, adaptive digital core to support your business strategy for the next phase of digital transformation.
  • Business Strategy – Learn how to strike the right balance between shaping customer-focused initiatives with the day-to-day needs of your business with our technology predictions.
  • Leadership – Master competencies, sharpen your skills and create the culture, structure, and relationships needed to find and keep digital talent to help your organization thrive.

Get the latest insights on to how to turn your vision into reality at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017:

Features & Benefits

Shaped by feedback from you and other CIOs to stay focused on only what is most relevant and useful, the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo experience includes:

  • A community of over 1,000 CIOs and senior IT executives
  • An agenda focused on the imperatives that you and your team must pursue to align with your enterprise mission critical priority
  • Tracks spanning technology & information, leadership and business strategy
  • Experience the power of Gartner Consulting with a Consulting Clinic and walk away with industry-based, research-led actionable advice and next steps.
  • Innovative keynotes brimming with inspiration from the world’s top innovators and leadership experts
  • CIO story sessions featuring visionary CIOs sharing practical examples of putting digital leadership into practice
  • 35+ Gartner Analysts onsite providing you with the most personal guidance and advice possible in analyst one-on-ones
  • A wealth of peer engagement opportunities to make lasting connections, share best practices, and network with over 6,000 of your peers, across all industries
  • Solution providers filling the ITxpo showcase with new possibilities for digital business, organized into marketplaces to make it easy to find the solutions you need

What's Included

  • Access to all sessions, including mastermind, and analyst keynotes
  • Two (2) Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings (30 minutes each)
  • Roundtables
  • Industry intensive program (Monday) that includes sessions, networking and keynotes (Financial services and Government only)
  • ITxpo exhibit floor where leading solution providers display products and services
  • Peer engagement receptions
  • Conference agenda planning through Events Navigator
  • Gartner Events on Demand Access

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This year, we've built our agenda theme that addresses the issues and challenges that are most critical to CIOs in the areas of technology, leadership and business strategy.

This Year's Conference Tracks

Explore key topics most critical to IT leaders today within the context of technology, leadership and business strategy:
  • Stay ahead of the latest technology trends in security and risk, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud and the future of experience.
  • Grow your leadership influence and build a people-centric culture.
  • Drive business growth with insights on disruption and innovation, platform economy and cost optimization.

The Power of Networking

From welcome receptions and special evening events to networking with others from your industry, meet and engage with like minded leaders and build new business relationships.

Industry Program

The first day of Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is dedicated to industry-focused content. Prepare for what’s happening in your industry — with a full day of networking and solution provider presentations on Monday, cross-industry sessions throughout the week, and industry-specific presentations you don’t want to miss.
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4 days at #GartnerSYM reinforced my belief that now more than ever opportunity exists for CIOs to do even greater things for their companies.

- Ken Piddington, Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 attendee

Value of Attending Symposium/ITxpo


Experience a rich assembly of forward-thinking speakers and luminaries. 

Featured Speakers

  • Gus Balbontin
    Gus Balbontin

    Former Chief Technology Officer, Lonely Planet

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  • Musa Kalenga
    Musa Kalenga

    Public Speaker, Facilitator, Brand Communications Specialist

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  • Peter Sondergaard
    Peter Sondergaard

    EVP, Research


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  • Tina Nunno
    Tina Nunno

    VP & Gartner Fellow


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  • David Grier
    David Grier

    Inspirational Speaker, Chef and Extreme Adventurer

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  • Thando Zono
    Thando Zono

    Motivational Speaker and Author of THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE

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  • Daniel Silke
    Daniel Silke

    Political Analyst and Futurist

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Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Information Technology

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you identify and explore technology and service providers to address your mission critical priorities as a CIO and IT leader. You will receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading solution providers in a variety of settings.

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Venue & Travel

Cape Town, South Africa


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 will take place 18 - 21 September 2017, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Industry-specific insights kicks off on Monday 18 September, at 11 a.m. The event finishes at 15:00 on Thursday 21 September. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

Cape Town International Convention Centre
1 Lower Long Street
Cape Town, South Africa - 8001


 If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to the Symposium/ITxpo Team at symposiumafrica@gartner.com or +27 21 794 4569. 

We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town!


Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel
1 Cullinan Street
Cape Town Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa

Park Inn Foreshore Hotel, Radisson Group
29 Heerengracht Street
Cape Town, South Africa

Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
1 Lower Buitengracht Road
Cape Town, South Africa

The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays
Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street,
Cape Town, South Africa

Southern Sun Cape Sun
23 Strand St
Cape Town City Centre, South Africa

Accommodations & Privacy Advisory

Gartner has been made aware that service providers, such as Exhibition Housing Management, have contacted a number of individuals who are attending our conference to offer hotel reservation services and/or sell copies of the confidential attendee list.  

Please note that Gartner has NOT authorized them, or anyone else, to contact attendees on our behalf, nor does Gartner share/sell attendee contact information to anyone.  

Learn more on how to protect yourself from scamming attempts.