In Pictures: Gartner Symposium 2016

gartner symposium 2016

The IT sector will be buzzing this week as senior IT executives, analysts, and CIOs gather at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, located in South Africa, for the highly anticipated 2016 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. This year, the highly insightful symposium is being held under the theme “Lead 360 Drive Digital to the Core, which aims to bring life to the highly sought after digital business.

As Tech IT Out Media is in attendance, we have put together an image gallery of the event below. From Cape Town, the Gartner Symposium will make its way to the following destinations:

Tokyo, Japan
Orlando, Florida
Sao Paulo, Brazil 
Gold Coast, Austrailia
Barcelona, Spain
Goa, India
Dubai, UAE

This year’s event features a range of highly insightful sessions and speakers, which include: 

Date/Time: 27/09/2016 at 09:00am
Topic: Build Understanding to Make Change Stick
Speaker: Elise Olding
Despite all the focus on the importance of enabling and sustaining change, it remains elusive. Most leaders jump directly into “what” needs to be done and what they need to start “doing.” This method is ineffective for creating sustainable change. In this session, we will identify the common pitfalls to be aware of, and explore tactics you can apply immediately.

Date/Time: 27/09/2016 at 09:00am
Topic:  Top 10 Technology Trends and Their Impact on IT and Operations
Speaker:  – Philip Dawson
These trends are based on societal, business and technology and all 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.

Date/Time: 27/09/2016 11:30am
Topic:  Ten Management Techniques and Beliefs to Copy from Born Digital Companies
Speaker: Mark Raskino
The “born digital” companies use a number of beliefs and techniques to drive their fast growth and highly innovative businesses. Traditional firms in older industries must learn to copy these methods in order to compete. The good news is – it’s not rocket science.

Date/Time: 27/09/2016 12:45pm
Topic: Africa’s Aspiring Innovators 2016
Speaker: Jeffrey Mann
African start-up companies are building innovative solutions to issues faced by companies in Africa and around the world. For the second year, Gartner has found several interesting companies from Africa providing enterprise solutions in a variety of technology areas.

Date/Time:  08:30am 28/09/2016
Topic:  Create an Office of the CIO and Get a Grip on Your Priorities
Speaker: Lee Weldon
As CIOs struggle to respond to digital business leadership issues while still managing the IT organisation, they are increasingly returning to setting up an Office of the CIO for support. But where do they start? How should they ramp up this team and what should the focus be in the first 100 days? This session will focus on practical, actionable advice to help CIOs get started with an Office of the CIO.

Date/Time: 28/09/2016 11:45am
Topic: The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017
Speaker: Steve Prentice
Strategic technology trends have significant disruptive potential over the next five years. The top trends for 2017 are prime enablers behind digital and algorithmic business opportunities. Companies must examine their business impacts and adjust business models and operations appropriately or risk losing competitive advantage to those who do. These are trends that IT cannot afford to ignore.

The image gallery, which will be updated daily, can be found below:

Edited By: Darryl Linington
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