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Top 10 Sessions for CIOs to Attend at Gartner Symposium

on October 13, 2016

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The Gartner Symposium event is around the corner and the agenda is filled with valuable sessions. This year’s event theme of driving digital to the core will be reflected in all of the sessions, but with all of the options, which ones will be the best use of your time? As a CIO, you are looking for actionable advice to drive digital transformation, and based on the many discussions I have had with CIOs, these are the top ten sessions I recommend every CIO attend:

1. Morning Yoga

Oct 17, 18, 19, 20 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

I am very excited that the event is offering a morning yoga session. It is a great way to start the day off and network with peers. I hope to see many of you there!

2. Roundtable: Startups in Insurance – Business Ecosystem Enablers or Competitive Threat

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

The insurance industry is ripe for digital innovation. Speed to market is a key factor for enabling insurance companies to innovate and compete with digital startups that are disrupting the industry. Find out more about the Insurance ecosystem and how insuretechs are effecting the pace of product innovation.

3. Cisco: The Industrial IoT Transforms the Manufacturing Industry

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Traditional manufacturing has evolved into a connected industry with the Industrial Internet of Things. This industry has the opportunity to use connected devices and the massive amounts of data from sensors to build Smart Apps that provide value for employees, partners and customers. Attend this session to explore trends shaping manufacturing digitization.

4. Top 10 Technology Trends and Their Impact on IT and Operations

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Join this session to explore the societal, business and technology trends that will have direct impact on how IT delivers services to the business over the next 5 years. Unless IT understands how these trends are emerging, and what cascade effects they will have on IT operations, the impact on strategy, planning and operations can be significant. Learn the impact of trends like IoT and how to operationalize them to bring value to your business.

5. APC by Schneider Electric: Digitally Monitor Your Critical Data Center Devices

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Attend this session to learn how digital monitoring services proactively minimize downtime and reduce break-fix resolution time through smart alarming, remote troubleshooting and visibility into your device lifecycle. Cyber-secure connections provide improved security for your infrastructure devices, and machine data form the basis of operational insights and analytics, aimed at reducing equipment maintenance costs.

6. Ask the Analyst: The Business Value of IT

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

This is an interactive session, where you will hear the analyst answer commonly asked questions about the business value of IT and why this is important to CIOs and IT leaders. Make sure to bring your own questions to this session and learn the positive benefits of bridging the gap between business and IT.

7. Central IT, Business Unit IT and Digital Business — Better Together Than Apart!

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Once again, business and IT collaboration is a sweet spot for digital innovation. Attend this session to hear why CIO teams see shadow IT as a threat, and often fail to recognize the opportunity. Gartner’s special report into Business Unit IT reveals that digital business, IT, IoT and OT have far more in common than any differences. Success lies beyond old boundaries.

8. Ask the Analyst: Scaling Bimodal

Tue, Oct 18 2016 11:45 AM – 12:30 AM

Most enterprises have invested in bimodal to spur innovation for digital business. After getting a success or two most want to scale bimodal to the enterprise, which poses many challenges. This session will answer your questions on how to take your digital transformation from start to scale.

9. Magic Quadrant: Enterprise Application Platform as a Service, Worldwide

Tue, Oct 18 2016 12:30 PM – 12:50 PM

Attend this session for a view into the aPaaS landscape and the Magic Quadrant findings. The session will cover the role of PaaS and aPaaS and will go into the specifics of High-Control and High-Productivity aPaaS vendors.

10. Ask the Analyst: Microservices

Tue, Oct 18 2016 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Microservices are the hottest thing in application architecture circles. They are also a subject of much debate: what’s the difference between a microservice and a regular SOA service? Does it really need to own its own data? Attend this session to find out answers to the following questions: Where and when should you use them? What infrastructure do you need? How will they impact your organization?

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Marshall Worster

About Marshall Worster

Marshall Worster is an experienced technology delivery manager with a proven track record in ensuring effective client strategy, vision and enablement. He’s led projects of varying sizes and complexities – including revenue cycle management solutions, financial reporting applications, and business process workflow automation systems. He has over 10 years of information technology and consulting experience.