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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2007: IT Powering Business

Palais Des Festivals, Cannes, France 4-8 November, 2007

(PresseBox) (München, ) The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2007 is two weeks away. Taking place in Cannes from 4-8 November, it brings together Gartner’s top analysts who will explore the future of technology and its impact on businesses as well as offering networking opportunities, practical case studies and demonstration of the latest technology. If you haven’t yet decided whether to attend, enclosed are key agenda highlights and specific press activities organised at the event.

Three dedicated press briefings are being arranged onsite:

Monday 5 November 13.00-14.00: Press briefing: The Future of Telecommunications
Led by two of Gartner’s leading telecom analysts David Willis and Martin Gutberlet, the press briefing will explore:
- What will be the most critical trends and innovations in telecommunications in the next five years?
- What will be the size and prospect of growth of the telecommunications market? Where will new competition come from?
- What will future telecommunications carriers’ business models look like? Which vendors are best positioned for success?

Monday 5 November 15.15-16.15: Press round table discussion with Peter Sondergaard
For the first time, IT spending in 2007 will reach $3.1 trillion, buoyed by corporate and consumer spending. However, the market will slow down next year to a growth of 5.5 per cent and will see the impact of economic uncertainty. In addition, IT is moving East and South, with one third of IT spending happening in the developing economies.

Peter Sondergaard, senior vice-president and head of global research at Gartner will lead this press briefing and discuss:
- In the wake of a declared 2008 business downturn, what will CEOs have to do to respond to change?
- What is the role of IT in times of change? What will be the challenges CIOs face? What should their focus be on?
- If IT is moving East and South, what opportunity will this development create for European companies?

Tuesday 6 November 12.30-13.30: Press briefing: The creative workplace: How can technology help drive innovation?
Led by Gartner’s leading collaboration analysts, this press briefing will explore:
- How will IT facilitate the knowledge economy of the future?
- How does technology help move the enterprise from a closed, inward looking business to an open, collaborative, innovative organisation?
- How does IT exploit the emergence of social software tools and innovative collaboration to turn the knowledge workers into more effective, creative and productive teams?

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