The top 7 sessions we’re most excited about for the 2017 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona

By Wyatt Urmey

The 2017 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona will explore new ways to approach the challenges IT leaders face today. If you have the opportunity to attend in Barcelona, 5 – 9 November, 2017, you’ll get insight into future trends and get the chance to explore new ways to approach your most pressing problems.

You’ll get the first look at the research and predictions you need to plan your next digital projects with confidence. Gartner analysts, industry experts, peers and solution providers will be on hand to inspire, share and converse on how you can become a more successful IT leader in our rapidly changing, digital-focused world.  

This year’s conference will have 714 sessions, so you have plenty to choose from when planning out your experience. We’ve pulled a list of the top seven sessions we’re most excited about to get you started:

1. IBM: Exponential Technological Capability: Capitalizing on Multi-Clouds

  • Varun Biljani, Managing Partner and General Manager, Application Innovation Consulting, IBM Global Business Services
  • Mon, 6 Nov 2017, 13:00 – 13:45
  • You: who architects disruption to reshape IT. Hear how CIOs are architecting disruption - powering business innovation and reinvention in a multi-cloud (public, hybrid and private) world to deliver value to the enterprise. Learn how you have the power to innovate no matter how complex your IT environment.

2. The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018

  • David W. Cearley, VP & Gartner Fellow
  • Mon, 6 Nov 2017, 14:00 - 14:45
  • Strategic technology trends have significant disruptive potential over the next five years. The top trends for 2018 underpin the digital platform and set the stage for business innovation. Companies must examine their business impacts and adjust business models and operations appropriately or risk losing competitive advantage to those who do. These are trends that IT cannot afford to ignore.

3. IBM: The Amazing Race: Cognitive Enterprise Automation

  • Mike Hobday, Vice President, Cognitive Process Transformation Practice Leader, IBM
  • Mon, 6 Nov 2017, 15:15 – 16:15
  • Join IBM’s automation experts for practical guidance on gaining optimal value from automation, getting more from your digital workforce and providing flawless quality to customers and employees. IBM clients have cut incidents by 75% and slashed issue resolution times by over 80%. Are you ready to join the amazing automation race?

4. IBM: An Introduction to Quantum Computing and its Relevance to Business

  • Ariadna Font Llitjós PhD., Director, AI Challenges and IBM Q Experiences, IBM Research
  • Tues, 7 Nov 2017, 12:10 – 12:30
  • Quantum computing is a technology that will disrupt every industry. This new computing model is on the cusp of demonstrating advantage over classical computing over the next few years for specific use cases. This session will give an overview of quantum computing and explore the likely first use cases.

5. CIO Story Roundtable: Re-Thinking Accessibility: It's More Than Compliance for the Disabled

  • Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility, Barclays
  • Tues, 7 Nov 2017, 14:00 – 15:00
  • Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility, Barclays, will share the Barclays Accessibility journey and how Barclays is re-framing what accessibility means and why it matters. Technology is making lives easier for many of us – mobile banking helps check your bank balance on the go and contactless payments makes it easier than ever to part with your cash at retailers. Spare a thought though on how technology is also making things possible for some people – the one billion people globally who have disabilities. Barclays has shifted from perceiving accessibility as a bureaucratically and burdensome process and instead to one of opportunity and innovation. It has done this by focusing on the commercial opportunity rather than legal obligation that arises when building accessible services or inclusive workplaces.

6. The Two Digital Threats Most Likely to Disrupt Your Relationship With the Customer of the Future

  • Jenny Sussin, Research VP
  • Wed, 8 Nov 2017, 11:15 – 12:00
  • The changing nature of product and service creation, and the overall consumer experience is forcing businesses to redefine who they are. CIOs charged with improving the customer experience must understand what it means to be customer-centric as the very nature of “customers” changes.

7. IBM: What I Can Disrupt? The Anatomy of Digital Disruption

  • Rashik Parmar, Technical Executive - Distinguished Engineer, Past President IBM Academy of Technology, IBM
  • Wed, 8 Nov 2017, 15:00 – 15:45
  • CIOs are facing unprecedented demands to help drive product, service, and operational transformation, a whole new game that takes ingenuity, initiative and inspiration to innovate, play and win. Learn how to leverage cloud, cognitive and blockchain to create new value and gain insight into where your disruptive power lies.