Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012 Summary

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo ended on Thursday, October 25.  I blogged on the first day of the conference and this purpose of this post is to provide an overall summary.
  • Location: Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel and conference center in Orlando, FL
  • Date: October 21-25, 2012
  • Attendees: 8,000+
  • Twitter feed
  • My summary of the first day
  • My photos and photos on Gartner's blog (see photo gallery on the right)
  • Theme: nexus of forces.  The nexus of forces describes the convergence and mutual reinforcement of four interdependent trends: social interaction, mobility, cloud, and information. The forces combine to empower individuals as they interact with each other and their information through well-designed ubiquitous technology.
  • Guest speakers: John Chambers (CEO, Cisco), Meg Whitman (CEO - HP), Colin Powell
  • Format: keynotes, breakout sessions and product showcase
My responsibilities at the conference:
  • Working at the IBM booth on the product showcase floor about enterprise mobility topics including mobile strategy, policy, security, mobile applications (web, native, hybrid, virtual), smartphones, tablets, mobile device management, support (including self-service), mobile device management (MDM), mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP), social computing, business analytics, cloud, enterprise application stores, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Analyst briefings
  • Attending IBM reception and dinner for clients
  • Attending conference sessions of interest including IBM-hosted sessions a few of which I've posted to Slideshare.  I attended several excellent sessions hosted by Gartner on a variety of topics.   The speakers were great and the slides could be downloaded via the mobile application and most contained speaker notes - a big plus.  Several of the sessions filled up quickly and I didn't get to attend.  However, I did get to to download the slides. 
  • Meeting with vendors