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STAMFORD, Conn., March 13, 2008 View All Press Releases

Executives from Microsoft and MGM Mirage to Discuss Technologies and Innovation During Gartner Emerging Trends Symposium/ITxpo, April 6-10, in Las Vegas

Gartner, Inc. analysts will sit down with top innovators who are driving change with next-horizon technologies during the Innovator Interview Keynotes at Gartner Emerging Trends Symposium/ITxpo, being held April 6-10 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, April 9, Gartner analysts will ask these innovators how they drive innovation, why they choose the initiatives they do, and how they measure their successes and failures. Keynote speakers include:

Innovator Interview with Craig Mundie, chief of research and strategy officer, Microsoft, Corp. Mr. Mundie is responsible for Microsoft’s research and incubation strategy, and along with Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, for guiding the company’s overall technical direction. Mr. Mundie will discuss key issues for Microsoft and what new technologies will drive business growth.

Innovator Interview with Tom Peck, chief information officer, MGM Mirage, and Aldo Manzini, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, MGM Mirage. MGM Mirage has more than 70,000 employees across 17 global megaresorts. Mr. Peck and Mr. Manzini will explain how MGM Mirage applies technology and new management thinking to enhance customer experience at its resorts and casinos, as well as operate behind-the-scenes in the most efficient and effective way.

“Our Innovator Interview Keynotes are a hallmark of the Emerging Trends event,” said Terence Mulhern, senior director with Gartner Events. “In a casual setting, our audience gets to hear about practical, applied innovations and strategies that they can take away and implement in their own organizations, now or in the near future.”

Additional keynotes include:

Look Into The Labs. On Tuesday, April 8, some of the IT industry’s most innovative companies will preview the latest technologies being developed in their research labs. Panelists include: Cisco Emerging Technologies Group, HP Labs, Sun Labs and Xerox Labs.

Digital Natives Panel. On Thursday, April 10, university students and new professionals offer a fresh perspective on emerging trends and technologies. Digital natives already, and will continue to, wield incredible influence in how people use technology in the enterprise.

Gartner Analyst Opening Keynote. To advance, IT must industrialize, innovate, socialize globalize and connect. On Monday, April 7, Gartner analysts will discuss how IT leaders can capitalize on the Six Megatrends that underpin the week’s conference.

ITxpo is a solutions showcase where attendees learn about the latest cutting-edge solutions from best-of-breed providers and up-and-comers. Exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services will highlight the next steps in technology through live demonstrations, face-to-face meetings with attendees, and fast-paced presentations on key technology directions aligned with 11 ITxpo Marketplaces — Application Development & Integration; Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing; Business Process Management, Data Center & IT Operations; Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise Networking; Outsourcing & IT Services; Portals, Content & Collaboration; Program & Portfolio Management; and Security & Compliance, and Wireless & Mobile.

For complete event details, please visit the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Web site at

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


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