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A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner IT Symposium XPO 2019 USA – Day 1 Oct 21 2019

by Andrew White  |  October 22, 2019  |  Comments Off on A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner IT Symposium XPO 2019 USA – Day 1 Oct 21 2019

Awoke at 7.15am refreshed. Even my Oura ring app said I should be feeling great! I had a hard time getting to sleep. Maybe it was the pillow or hotel noises. But the late start certainly helped get a great sleep score of 90 and readiness score of 84.

8.00am Mused:














Notice the trend? My mind started out relaxed but clearly, I am anticipating the new day as the session wore one.

8..20am Walked down stairs to check out the keynote overflow room and grab a cafe mocha.

8.45 Drafted 75% of a written response inquiry for a client: best practices for a data governance/MDM team working in a highly acquisitive (e.g. M&A) environment.

9.20 Head downstairs for the keynote. Awesome work. Greet job. I challenge anyone not to be enthused by the quality and breadth of practical and doable advice. Hype was kept to a minimum. I blogged in the experience:

10.20 Left keynote hall early to get a second cafe mocha and hobble (at work with insertional Achilles tendinitis) over to 1-1 area.

10.45 Set-up booth number 1 for first keynote. As with last year, I was number 1 and Mark Beyer was number 2. On Tuesday last year we reversed positions! I wonder what will happen tomorrow.

12.30 Had to phone BMW garage at home to complain about a car maintenance charge on my credit card.

1.20 Back to 1-1 area. 1-1’s all afternoon until about 5.30pm

5.20pm last 1-1 ended early with the client happy with the ideas and feedback offered.

All day and in almost all 1-1 handed out my cards that showed the newer best practices for modern D&A governance:









Figure 1: The Gartner Value Pyramid









Figure 2: Gartner’s Three Rings of Information Governance









Figure 3: Data and Analytics governance Organization and Roles










Figure 4: Connecting the Dots: Your Data Hub Strategy

Here is a summary of 1-1’s for day 1 (some sections score more than 100% due to multiple responses):

• Data Governance 6
• Cloud 2
• Rolls and Skills 1
• Vision 1
• Master Data Management (MDM) 4
• Getting Started 1
• D&A Strategy 4
• Data lake 1
• CIO 9
• Architecture 1
• Consumer/medical products 1
• Higher Ed 1
• Industrial (chemical, paint) 2
• Food and beverage 1
• Oil and Gas 1
• IT services 1
• Insurance 1
• Investment 1
• Biotech 1
Industry types
• Manufacturing 3
• Distribution and Logistics 3
• Services 4

5.45pm headed out for dinner with a rep. We are to meet a client I recently completed an (EXP) briefing on D&A strategy and governance. These briefings are 3 or 4 hours long and tend to focus on best practices around key topics.  As I walked to the front of the hotel, my Suunto 9 told me I had completed 10,000 steps today.  Oh what joy!

8.30pm Back at the hotel. Met up with colleague Mark Beyer to explore the future of data management. Met a few other Gartner colleagues and ended up talking about books, sci-fi, and book authoring.

10.15pm off to room and right to bed. Tired.

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Andrew White
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Andrew White is a Distinguished Analyst and VP. His roles include Chief of Research and Content Lead for Data and Analytics. His main research focus is data and analytics strategy, platforms, and governance. Read Full Bio

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