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A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner IT Symposium XPO 2019 USA – Day 3 Oct 23 2019

by Andrew White  |  October 24, 2019  |  Comments Off on A Day in the Life of an Analyst at Gartner IT Symposium XPO 2019 USA – Day 3 Oct 23 2019

6.10am Woke up feeling really good. My Oura ring said I should feel good and she was right! Sleep score of and readiness

6.13am Rushed downstairs to grab a cafe mocha. Exciting work to do: final edits to our new Leadership Vision deck for D&A leaders/CDOs; some work ahead for year-end prep; and more.

6.40am Mused and looks like my brain activity is a little depressed for much of the time compared to yesterday; perhaps I am tired? But the usual anticipation at the end of the session is a tell-tale signal….













7.45am Headed over your 1-1 booth. Bumped into colleague Alan Duncan in the way. When I arrived, I learned that order in the universe had been restored: I was back in booth 1! Where is Mark Beyer? He is not in booth 2!!!

Here is my update analysis on my 1-1’s and interactions so far:


  • Data Governance 24
  • Cloud 8
  • AI/Innovation 3
  • AI/Automation 6
  • Rolls and Skills 5
  • Vision/Data Driven/Outcomes 28
  • (Modern) Master Data Management 16
  • Getting Started 6
  • D&A Strategy 19
  • Data lake 4
  • CDO 5
  • Data Literacy 4
  • Entity resolution/DQ 3

Platform questions:

  • Analytics/BI platform 5
  • Emerging D&A Governance Platform 1
  • Data Management platform 7
  • Complete (all the other three combined) D&A Platform 1

Role (38):

  • CIO 19
  • VP Architecture 2
  • IT Vendor 2
  • Director Enterprise Business Systems 1
  • VP 4
  • Innovation 2
  • IT Director 4
  • CDO 3
  • Senior Consultant 1

Industry (38):

  • Consumer products 2
  • Higher Ed 2
  • Industrial (chemical, paint) 2
  • Food and beverage 2
  • Oil and Gas 1
  • IT services 2
  • Insurance 2
  • Banking/Financial Services 3
  • Energy 1
  • Biotech 2
  • Public Sector/Services 11
  • Entertainment 1
  • Aerospace 1
  • Hoteling 1
  • Media 1
  • High Tech 2
  • IT Vendor 2

Industry types (38):

  • Manufacturing 10
  • Distribution and Logistics 4
  • Services 22
  • IT Vendor 2

Lunch took place sometime…

Sometime in the afternoon I tweeted on a quick summary of what I was seeing every day:

  • Deconstruction – first the need to break large problems up into small bite-size chunks (think big, act small) that involved my jigsaw puzzle and our “link data to outcome” toolkit
  • Connectivity – followed up by a need to then work out how to re-connect discrete efforts into one unified whole, moving toward a future state architecture that involved our three rings of information governance rings model.















5.25pm 1-1’s finished for the day.  Walked back over to the show floor and after catching up with some colleagues, walked about looking at some of the vendor booths.  Always interesting to see the new messaging.

6.45pm back at the room.  Cool down – check in with family at home – and then head out for dinner with the Gartner folks.  Good time catching up with colleagues in a quiet, relaxed environment.  Always so many new ideas to compare, contrast and then synthesize.

10.10pm Unfortunately spend too long out and to bed too late.  I expect my sleep score to be below par tomorrow.  Ugh!


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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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