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Re-Imagine IT, Lead from the Front: a preview on the CIO experience at Orlando Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 15, 2011  |  Comments Off on Re-Imagine IT, Lead from the Front: a preview on the CIO experience at Orlando Symposium

It is time to re-imagine IT and lead from the front.  As the world continues to change, IT must find new answers to new questions concerning growth, cost efficiencies, innovation and productivity.  This post is a brief synopsis of the CIO experience at this year’s Symposium in Orlando.

The theme of this year’s Gartner Symposium flows directly from what CIOs told us in the 2011 CIO survey.  Re-imagination involves recognizing these changes and their potential to reposition IT as a source of innovation, action and value.  That requires leading from the front to make the hard choices required to creatively destroy old paradigms in order to liberate resources, pursue new priorities and unlock the creativity of information technology.

Achieving these goals raises more questions than it answers as CIOs seek new IT strategies, new organization structures, tools, practices and metrics that prove the value and relevance of IT.  The CIO Program at Symposium/ITxpo focuses on presentations; workshops and peer interactions to help you tackle these issues, make the tough decisions, create strategies, and take the actions require driving growth, innovation and success in your organization.

The details of the CIO experience can be found on the Gartner Symposium, ITXpo web site by following this [link]

Specifically designed for CIOs, including members of Gartner Executive Programs, the CIO Program includes:

A full, dedicated agenda comprised of more than 160 different sessions running throughout the week for CIOs, delving into issues of strategy, leadership and innovation.  Including specific sessions covering issues of:

Special luncheons with thought-provoking speakers, this year including

  • Lee Scott, Former President and CEO, Wal-Mart
  • Jeffrey L. Sampler, Fellow of Strategy and Technology Templeton College, Oxford University
  • John Underkoffler, Chief Scientist, Oblong on the future of UI and Data.

More than 90 hands-on, interactive CIO workshop sessions, each designed to help you learn from your peers and share best practices.  These sessions compliment the general presentations and give you the ability to work with your peers on challenges such as:

  • How do I structure my IT organization and its skills?
  • What are the best metrics for demonstrating IT value?
  • How powerful is my IT strategy and what are ways supercharge it?
  • What is my organizations attitude toward social media?
  • What is my IT maturity and what are the actions involved in raising its performance?

The combination of Global Thought Leaders, Gartner Insight and Peer Workshops makes for a compelling and consuming experience.  The CIO experience includes a CIO Lounge for remaining productive while you are away from the office and networking with your CIO peers.

Taken together, the CIO experience represents a unique opportunity for CIOs and IT leaders to get more information, in their context and with their peers than any other event of the year.

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Mark McDonald, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Fellow Emeritus in Gartner for General Managers Program.

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