Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 Mastermind Keynotes to Include Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Google's Eric


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 Mastermind Keynotes to Include Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Google's Eric Schmidt and Mondelēz International's Mark N. Dajani

More Than 8,500 IT Strategists and Senior Business Leaders to Come Together, October 6-10, in Orlando

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Two of the most influential leaders in technology will sit down with Gartner Inc., analysts to discuss the current and future state of IT during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, taking place October 6-10 in Orlando. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, will provide their perspective on the future of their companies, as well as the future of IT.

They will be followed by Mark N. Dajani, senior vice president and CIO, Mondelēz International. Mr. Dajani is responsible for the company's business process excellence leadership, enterprise shared services and information systems and technology.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the industry's largest and most strategic conference for CIOs and senior IT executives. More than 8,500 senior business and IT strategists, including more than 2,500 CIOs, will gather for the insights, tools and solutions they need to ensure that their IT initiatives are key contributors to and drivers of their enterprise's success. The event takes place October 6 through 10, at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

This year's Mastermind Interview Keynotes include:

  • Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google on Monday, October 7

  • Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft, Corp. on Tuesday, October 8

  • Mark N. Dajani, Senior Vice President & CIO, Mondelēz International on Tuesday, October 8

Gartner research over the past several years has identified the independent evolution of the Nexus of Forces, the convergence of four powerful forces: social, mobile, cloud and information. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo aligns these forces and explains the impact of digitalization on the revenue of business in the future, what changes need to be made in terms of delivering agility using technology and how technology drives change in relationships with customers.

"As digital forces reshape industry, business, government and society, IT leaders must act quickly and decisively to convert technology disruption into business transformation," said Christine Furano, senior director with Gartner Events. "This year's agenda is designed to help CIOs and senior IT leaders drive IT value while accelerating growth, creating new connections and driving greater agility in a digital world."

In the opening Gartner analyst keynote on Monday, October 7, analysts will lay the foundation for the conference content to follow and will provide advice designed to help CIOs lead successfully in the digital world.

New to the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo agenda this year is the Signature Series. These high demand sessions focus on current and future technology trends. To help IT leaders anticipate important shifts and adjust strategy, Gartner analysts will deliver the most striking insights at the forefront of strategy and technology. Signature Sessions include:

  • Top 10 Strategic Predictions: Gartner Predicts a Disruptive and Constructive Future for IT presented by Daryl Plummer

  • The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 presented by David Cearley

  • The Mobile Scenario: Innovation Plus Agility Equals Opportunity presented by Nick Jones

  • Information 20/20: Beyond Big Data presented by Frank Buytendijk

  • CEO and Business Leader Views in 2013: The Implications for IT Leadership presented by Mark Raskino

  • The Emerging Trends Radar Screen presented by Stephen Prentice

  • The Cloud Computing Scenario: End of the Beginning Goes From Cloud to Ground and Back presented by Daryl Plummer

  • Top 10 Trends and Their Impact on IT Infrastructure and Operations presented by David Cappuccio

  • The 2014 Gartner Scenario for Senior Executives: Transforming Into Senior Digital Business Executives presented by Ken McGee and Dale Kutnick

  • The CIO Agenda for 2014 presented by Dave Aron

Along with the Signature Series, attendees can choose from more than 500 analyst sessions, workshops, and roundtables across five full days. These sessions will help attendees learn new concepts, new strategies and acquire new leadership skills.

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; Outsourcing & IT Services; Program & Portfolio Management and Security & Compliance.

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