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What was a vision for the next era is now a project for next year

by Peter Sondergaard  |  September 27, 2016  |  Comments Off on What was a vision for the next era is now a project for next year

It’s that time of year again; time for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. During the next couple of months, Gartner will welcome more than 24,000 CIOs and senior IT executives in Japan, U.S., Brazil, Australia, Spain and India, including where it all kicks off, here in Cape Town, South Africa.

The theme of Gartner Symposium/ITxpo this year is “Lead 360: Drive Digital to the Core.” This combines two key points.

First, CIOs are increasingly expected to lead and manage all around them — their team, their colleagues and their even CEO. So the goal of this year’s agenda is to help CIOs become more effective business innovators, stronger IT leaders and more effective executives overall in this rapidly changing world.

Second, the pace of digital transformation is increasing. The digital world is in a permanent state of upgrade, manifesting into an abundance of new opportunities for business and technology leaders to create entirely new products, services, capabilities and customer interfaces. But at the same time, customer expectations are rising faster than organizations can keep pace, and the heat from competitors that seize a digital-enabled advantage burns white hot.

CIOs now face the opportunity — and the immense challenge — of utilizing technologies that used to be far off on the horizon, that were coming upon us gradually, but are here now. Cloud computing is now mainstream. Sensors are in everything. Virtual reality has arrived, along with chatbots, artificial intelligence, blockchain; the list goes on. All approached gradually, and then arrived suddenly. For CIOs, this means that what was a vision for the next era is now a project for next year.

As I travel over the next couple of months for the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo conference series, I’ll share more about what the future digital platform looks like, how the role of the CIO must evolve and how leadership is critical to taking digital to the core of the organization. I’ll begin with the technologies that make up the digital platform, providing the essential capabilities required to reach customers, things and ecosystems intelligently.

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Peter Sondergaard
Former Executive Vice President, Research & Advisory
25 years at Gartner
29 years IT Industry

Peter Sondergaard was an executive vice president and member of Gartner’s operating committee. He led the company’s Research & Advisory organization until August 2018.

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