While preparing for the kick-off of Gartner’s Orlando Symposium I have been thinking about the relevance of this year’s theme for the insurance industry. The theme “Re-imagine IT” fits very well to the current state of the insurance industry which is in many regions still suffering from a difficult business environment. Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, mobile technologies and social media as well as an exponentially growing data volume will create many challenges for insurers. Insurers need to figure out how they deal with these business and IT changes in order to remain competitive and to strengthen the relationship with their clients. This environment creates on the other hand a wealth of opportunities of IT departments. for demonstrating their value to the business. During the next four days Gartner will discuss with clients how these forces will shape the IT market environment for customers and vendors and what this means to the business. If you can’t join us onsite, I encourage you to follow the Gartner Symposium news on the internet.