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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Mastermind Keynotes to Include HP's Meg Whitman, Cisco's John Chambers and General Colin Powell

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>More Than 8,000 IT Strategists and Senior Business Leaders to Come Together, October 21-25, in Orlando</b></i> </p>

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Mastermind Keynotes to Include HP's Meg Whitman, Cisco's John Chambers and General Colin Powell12:15 EDT Thursday, October 18, 2012 STAMFORD, Conn. (Business Wire) -- Two of the most influential leaders in technology will sit down with Gartner Inc. analysts to discuss the current and future state of IT during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, taking place October 21-25, in Orlando. They will be followed by Colin Powell, an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the U.S. Army, who will discuss the lessons that helped shape his life and career. Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the industry's largest and most strategic conference for CIOs and senior IT executives. More than 8,000 senior business and IT strategists, including more than 2,500 CIOs, will gather for the insights, tools and solutions they need to ensure that their IT initiatives are key contributors to and drivers of their enterprise's success. The event takes place October 21 through 25, at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida. This year's Mastermind Interview Keynotes include: John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, on Tuesday, October 23 Meg Whitman, President and CEO, Hewlett-Packard, on Wednesday, October 24 General Colin Powell, Retired U.S. General, on Wednesday, October 24 Gartner research over the past several years has identified the independent evolution of four powerful forces: social, mobile, cloud and information. As a result of consumerization and the ubiquity of connected smart devices, people's behavior has caused a convergence of these forces. “Last year, Gartner urged CIOs and senior IT executives to re-imagine, rethink and reconsider what IT means and how it can be applied to the needs and goals of the enterprise. This year's agenda aligns these forces in perspective with a theme designed to help CIOs and senior IT leaders drive IT value and deliver positive business outcome,” said Christine Furano, senior director with Gartner Events. “With this powerful IT confluence as a backdrop, attendees will learn how to achieve greater focus on key strategies and technologies, connect people with empowering information and ideas, and lead the way to unlimited IT possibilities,” Ms. Furano said. In the opening Gartner analyst keynote on Monday, October 22, analysts will focus on the new demands of IT leadership, challenging decision makers to achieve greater focus on key strategies and technologies, connect people with empowering information and ideas, and lead the way to unlimited IT possibility. This year's conference program focuses on the disruptive technologies of cloud, social, mobile and information. The program revolves around 11 tracks, including the renowned CIO Program, that deliver on the needs and expectations of IT leaders as identified by Gartner clients. It's a mix of management and technology insight empowering senior-level IT and business people to make the strategic, organizational and technology-investment decisions required to emerge with a competitive edge. The tracks include: Applications Business Intelligence & Information Management Business Process Improvement Enterprise Architecture Infrastructure & Operations: Data Center, Server, Storage & IT Operations Infrastructure & Operations: Mobile, Client Computing and Communications Program & Portfolio Management Security & Risk Management Sourcing & Vendor Relationships Strategic Initiatives Attendees can choose from more than 550 analyst sessions, workshops, and roundtables across five full days. These sessions will help attendees learn new concepts, new strategies and acquire new leadership skills. ITxpo, a solution showcase teeming with leading providers of IT solutions aimed at driving business imperatives, will highlight the next steps in technology through live demonstrations, face-to-face meetings with exhibitors, and fast-paced presentations on key technology directions aligned with 12 ITxpo Marketplaces — Applications; Business Intelligence, Data Management & Integration; Business Process Management; Content, Collaboration & Social Software; Data Center & IT Operations; Emerging Technologies; Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise & Networking Communications; Outsourcing & IT Services; Program & Portfolio Management; Security & Compliance; and Wireless & Mobile. For complete event details, please visit the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo website at www.gartner.com/us/symposium. Follow news, photos and video coming from Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/GartnerSymposium, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Gartner_inc and using #GartnerSym. Members of the media can register for the event by contacting Christy Pettey at christy.pettey@gartner.com. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is a valuable partner in 12,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 5,200 associates, including 1,280 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com. GartnerChristy Pettey, +1-408-468-8312christy.pettey@gartner.com