See You Next Year

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

Before our 3:30 p.m. sessions begin and Symposium/ITxpo 2009 in Orlando officially comes to an end, we wanted to thank you for joining us this year. We hope you enjoyed reading SymTimes and found it useful, whether your access was on site or from a distance. At the end of the sessions today, please drop off your conference evaluations to receive a gift to take home.

It’s not too early to start planning for next year. We hope to see you again when you join us for our 20th Symposium/ITxpo in 2010. Learn more.

Analyst Spotlight on…David Mitchell Smith

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

David Mitchell Smith Photo David Mitchell Smith is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, where he specializes in the impact of catalytic technologies such as the Internet, Web 2.0, cloud computing and consumer technologies.

During his 13-plus years at Gartner, he has played a leadership role in several of the company’s efforts in these areas, including the emergence of cloud computing and consumerization of IT. He has served as the lead Gartner analyst covering major vendors such as Microsoft, IBM, Sun and AOL. Mr. Smith is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and has frequently been a guest on CNBC. In 2002, Adweek’s Technology Marketing magazine named him the most influential industry analyst.

SymTimesWhat new things are happening in your areas of coverage?

David Mitchell Smith: Case studies – as cloud becomes more real, we are documenting uses
First hype cycle for cloud computing just published – shows cloud itself at peak, long line of new technologies coming, based on some proven concepts

ST:What are the Top 3 trends you’re watching in your area of coverage?

DMS: First, excitement over private cloud and how this will impact overall IT strategies. Second, IT moving beyond ‘denial’ stage and using security as excuses and maturing to seriously consider cloud. And third, established vendor strategies emerging.

Take Symposium Home

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

Don’t despair if you didn’t get to all the sessions you wanted, you missed a key moment in a keynote or your notes aren’t as complete as you’d like. The Keynote webcast links and the pdf presentations from sessions, workshops and clinics are available via Agenda Builder and accessible for the next year.

And if you want to share the experience you had with colleagues, check out Gartner Events on Demand, which brings together the audio track with the session documentation. The special on-site discount price of $595 expires October 26. If you don’t have a chance to stop by for a demo before you leave (booths are located in the Dolphin, Swan and Yacht & Beach), visit The discount code was included in the event documentation.

Balance and Constructive Disruption

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

Microsoft PanelPeppered with questions from Gartner analysts Neil MacDonald and Brian Gammage, Microsoft’s Stephen Elop remained focused on the company’s strategic imperatives and operating principles during the third, and final, Mastermind Keynote interview today before a full house in the Dolphin’s Hemisphere ballroom.

Elop said Microsoft fully embraces “constructive disruption,” and that the corporation recognizes the shift that is happening in its marketplace, as the pace of innovation accelerates in the cloud. Continuing to talk to users and applying the lessons learned from past experience were essential in keeping things in balance, he said.

“Great companies recognize the disruption and power through them,” Elop said, while at the same time acknowledging the challenges Microsoft faces as it keeps pushing forward.

The interview coincided with today’s release of Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest operating system so it was no surprise that it was a topic of conversation at the keynote. Learn more about Windows 7 in Gartner’s Special Report, watch videos on Gartner’s YouTube channel and register for the October 28 webinar.

Pocket Power

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

By Jim Grodnik, Gartner

With 3 billion mobile phones on the planet, mobile devices have become mainstream to business, said to Ken Dulaney, Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst, in his Thursday presentation at the Yacht & Beach. Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday’s Lunch Menu

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

Lunch will be provided from 12 – 1:30 p.m. today. On the menu: roast beef and brie on a six grain roll, roasted turkey and Jarslburg on a french roll, fried chicken with baked beans or mac & cheese with roasted corn and smoked cheddar for sides.

Locations: Tents outside theYacht & Beach and the Dolphin (next to the ITxpo Exhibit hall) and inside at the Swan.

Welcome to the 21st Century

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

By Alan Quale, Gartner

Enterprises and CIOs should look at new financial reporting regulations as an opportunity to gain competitive advantage rather than as costly obstacles, said Michael Smith, Gartner Research vice president, during his this morning’s session “How 21st Century Financial Reporting Requirements Will Impact Enterprises and CIOs,” held in the Swan. Read the rest of this entry »

Tell Us What You Think

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

Be sure to get your complimentary travel alarm clock or mp3 mini-speakers before you leave. There is a catch – you just need to turn in your conference evaluation form at the Information desks in the Dolphin, Swan or Yacht & Beach, or at the registration counter in the Dolphin. Easy enough, no? Your feedback is important to us and we appreciate the time you take to let us where we got it right…or not so right.

Important Analytic Applications

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

By Randy Frey, Gartner

Defining the relative importance of different elements of an organization’s strategy is a necessary first step to prioritizing investments, said Gareth Herschel, Gartner research director and lead analyst on the use of analytics to drive improved business performance in the area of customer relationships. Read the rest of this entry »

Question of the Day

October 22nd, 2009 by Ellen Carey

What key takeaways will you leave the conference with?

Beth Niblock

The whole social media impact. I work for government, and we’re not handling the impact of cloud computing very well.

Beth Niblock
Louisville Metro Government

John Davis

Cloud is coming!

John Davis
Agfirst Farm Credit Bank

Andre Lacroix

How to better structure enterprise
architecture for the requirementsgathering.
Andrew Lacroix

Bob Elward

Information on email in the cloud
and cloud services in general.

Bob Elward
Air Products

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