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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 hear what last year's attendees had to say.

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 5-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.

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 7,500 CIOs and their leadership teams
  • An agenda focused on the imperatives that you and your team must pursue to align with your enterprise mission critical priority
  • Six tracks spanning technology & information, leadership and business strategy
  • 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
  • Over 200 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 your peers
  • Stretch your thinking and get to the core of the business and technical imperatives driving you and your peers during interactive learning sessions
  • Solution providers filling the ITxpo solution 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 guest speakers, mastermind keynotes, Industry Sunday and Gartner analyst keynotes
  • (2) Two private 30-minute consultations with a Gartner analyst (For end-user attendees only)
  • (2) Two Gartner-analyst-facilitated roundtables on a specific topic (Limited availability and for end-user attendees only)
  • (2) Two Contract Negotiation Clinics where you'll gain insights, tactics and concrete guidance to help cost-optimize your assets and save money when you’re preparing for vendor contract negotiations (Limited availability and for end-user attendees only)
  • (2) Two Ask the analyst sessions where you can get your toughest questions answered on a specific topic (Limited availability and for end-user attendees only)
  • Industry Program (Sunday), which includes sessions, networking and guest speakers
  • ITxpo exhibit floor, where over 200 leading solution providers display products and services
  • Peer engagement at breakfasts, lunches and receptions
  • Tuesday Evening Special Event
  • Conference agenda planning through Gartner Events Navigator

Learn more about Pricing and Registration 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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This year, we've built our agenda to address the issues and challenges most critical to CIOs and senior IT leaders in the areas of technology, leadership and business strategy.

Special Programs and Features

  • The CIO Experience – Join CIO peers for a targeted experience to help you succeed as leaders and share best practices
  • Signature Series – Be the first to hear the latest research to help you stay relevant
  • CIO Stories – Get firsthand insights from CIOs in the business and technology trenches
  • Maverick sessions – Step outside traditional boundaries and be prepared to think differently
  • Midsize Enterprise program – Maximize your experience with special sessions designed with your scale and resources in mind
  • Women in IT program – Exchange ideas, build relationships, and address similar challenges and interests

Industry Program

Get in-depth guidance on your industry and benefit from the experience of others. Digital business platforms and ecosystems are changing the competitive landscape. Explore the resulting opportunities and challenges and learn new strategies to respond to disruptions within your industry.
My 5th Symposium and the event continues to rank as the best technology conference in overall contest and networking opportunities. Keynotes and Mastermind sessions are top notch.

- Eric Gorham, CIO REJIS

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is a critical thought leadership event for IT executives with top ranked analysts who help to drive strategic direction within our organization.

- Robert Hofstatter, VP Scotiabank

Preview the event that 8,000 CIOs worldwide rely on each year


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

Featured Speakers

  • Gus Balbontin
    Gus Balbontin

    Former Chief Technology Officer, Lonely Planet

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  • Marc Benioff
    Marc Benioff

    Chairman and CEO


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  • Clayton Christensen
    Clayton Christensen

    Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration

    Harvard Business School

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  • Amy Cuddy
    Amy Cuddy

    Harvard University Leadership Teacher

    Harvard Business School

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  • Scott Galloway
    Scott Galloway

    Founder, L2; Professor of Marketing NYU Stern

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  • Andy Jassy
    Andy Jassy

    Founder & CEO

    Amazon Web Services

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  • Alexis Ohanian
    Alexis Ohanian



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  • Don Tapscott
    Don Tapscott

    Author and Influential Management Thinker

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Guest Speakers

Gartner Analysts & Speakers


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'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading solution providers in a variety of settings.

  • For Attendees: Learn about the innovative solutions that will add the most value to your business.
  • For Exhibitors: Learn more about ITxpo and the exhibitor experience.
  • Contact us for information on speaking and exhibitor opportunities.

Venue & Travel

Orlando, Florida


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 will take place at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Walt Disney World Swan, and Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Disney's Boardwalk. A full day of industry-specific insights kicks off the morning of Sunday, October 1, with additional industry content throughout the week. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

Walt Disney World
1500 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States - 32830


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017 will take place at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Walt Disney World Swan, and Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Disney's Boardwalk.
At this time, the Gartner hotel reservation site is closed. If you need to make a new reservation please contact the hotel directly using the numbers provided below and reference “Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.”
If you need to change/cancel an existing reservation please wait until September 6, 2017 to contact the hotel directly.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
(800) 227-1500

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
(800) 227-1500

Disney's Yacht Club Resort
(407) 827-6797

Disney's Beach Club Resort
(407) 827-6797

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
(407) 827-6797

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
(407) 827-6797

Disney's Contemporary Resort
(407) 827-6797

Disney's Polynesian Resort
(407) 827-6797

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
(407) 827-6797

Disney's Wilderness Lodge
(407) 827-6797

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
(407) 827-6797

Waldorf Astoria Orlando Bonnet Creek
(888) 353-2009

Hilton Bonnet Creek
(888) 353-2013

Hilton Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa
(407) 827-2727

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista 
(407) 827-4000

Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek
(407) 390-2300

Courtyard Marriott Village
 (407) 938-9001

Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott Village
 (407) 938-9001

SpringHill Suites Marriott Village
 (407) 938-9001

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
 (407) 239-1234

Hotel Cancellation Policy
All cancellations made after 5:00p.m. EDT on Friday, September 1 must be made directly with the hotel and will be charged the full minimum night stay. Please note, public sector rooms are subject to the same terms and conditions.
Failure to check-in on your scheduled arrival date will result in the cancellation of your entire reservation and will be subject to the cancellation penalty.

Minimum Stay Policy
All reservations made at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin requires a minimum 4 night stay, which must be booked between Sunday, October 1 and Thursday, October 5. All other Symposium/ITxpo hotels require a minimum 3 night stay.

Disney's Yacht & Beach Convention Center
1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Walt Disney World Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Walt Disney World Swan
1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States

Travel Information

Parking and Local Transportation
We offer complimentary shuttles to/from the official Gartner Symposium/ITxpo hotels. Shuttles will run every 10-20 minutes throughout the event hours. The evening of the special event, shuttles will return to the hotels on each of the bus routes as well as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Touchdown parking lot.
There is no onsite parking so if you elect to drive there is complimentary parking at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Touchdown parking lot and take complimentary shuttle to the Dolphin Hotel.
For more information, please reference our FAQ document

Airport Transfers 
All attendees are responsible for making their own ground transportation arrangements to/from the airport. If you are staying at one of the Symposium/ITxpo Hotels we are pleased to offer a discounted rates on arrangements made with Mears Transportation.

For more information on discounted rates please visit Mears Travel.

Area Attractions

Please visit our Disney Microsite, which enables attendees, as well as those friends and family members traveling with you, to individually purchase specially priced Disney Meeting & Convention Tickets. They’re available for purchase for pre- and post-conference stays, too. Discounts are only available until 9pm EDT on September 30, 2017, so book your tickets now!

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.