More than 8,000 CIOs and Information Technology decision-makers are ready to descend on Orlando, Florida for the annual 2018 Gartner Symposium ITxpo. The event, which runs Oct. 14-18, promises 350 research-driven sessions at the intersection of “technology, business, strategy and inspiration,” including the latest insights on digital transformation, emerging technologies and applications. Symposium attendees will leave the summit with the inspiration and tools to transform culture, mobile strategy and digital initiatives.

Today’s CIO is hyper-focused on capturing the potential of the next mobile economy. Fifty-four percent of executives surveyed by Gartner hope digital initiatives transform the organization. Surveyed leaders hope to achieve a cultural shift by 2020 toward more tech-centered, innovative and empowered workplaces.

The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018 will deliver the energy, inspiration and knowledge leaders need to spark a revolution around people, processes and technology. We’ve curated a list of five exceptional mobility sessions filled with inspiring use cases, success stories and research.

Take a look at these five mobile strategy sessions taking place at the Gartner Symposium that could transform enterprise policies.

Session 1: Transforming the Banking Workplace and the Mobile-First Customer Experience

CIOs at financial institutions are working to balance many conflicting priorities. Industry pressures include changing customer expectations, compliance hurdles and legacy infrastructure. Julie Godfrey, U.S. lead of finance solutions and innovation at Samsung Electronics America, will share how real Samsung clients in finance are using mobile innovations to transform the workplace and customer experiences. While innovation isn’t easy in the finance industry, Godfrey will present success cases of highly effective mobile strategies.

Sunday, October 14 at 11:15 a.m.

Session 2: Immersive Technologies Offer Infinite Possibilities

Immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality have seemingly unlimited potential to change the way organizations work. While 82 percent of organizations surveyed by Capgemini with active AR/VR capabilities report satisfaction, many organizations are still exploring the potential through research and pilot programs. Forty-six percent believe these technologies will become mainstream within three years.

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In an interactive session with Gartner research director Marty Resnick, leaders are invited to ask questions and learn from new use cases and case studies. Attendees will learn how to create value with immersive applications and accelerate progress towards a portfolio of “post app” user experiences which are highly personalized and intelligent.

Tuesday, October 16 at 11:45 a.m.

Session 3: Living Without Device Management in the Era of BYOD and Digital Business

Rigid, device-centric approaches to mobile device management (MDM) are no longer an effective model for the contemporary workforce. New conversations about data privacy and user rights in the post-GDPR era has created tension between evolving user expectations and outdated solutions for managing enterprise mobility.

Gartner research VP Chris Silva will take a focused look at the limitations and risks of traditional MDM platforms to serve diverse employee populations. The session will explore the importance of immediate action, and how alternatives such as Samsung Knox can mitigate a series of business risks.

Tuesday, October 16 at 11:45 a.m.

Session 4: Private Wireless Networks — What’s Next?

The advent of private wireless networks offers organizations in public and private sectors access to the “5Cs” — coverage, control, cost, capacity and capabilities. Imran Akbar, VP and GM of Small Cells and Wireless Enterprise at Samsung, will present compelling customer case studies and strategic insight on the near-term potential of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band networks.

The next generation of private networks is far more capable than either Land Mobile Radio (LMR) or Wi-Fi. Akbar will demonstrate how the most innovative organizations are unlocking the 5Cs and preparing for the next wave of mobile disruption with 5G-ready private networks.

Tuesday, October 16 at 1:45 p.m.

Session 5: Hype Cycle: Mobile and Endpoint Technologies

Rapid innovation and changing consumer behaviors have evolved faster than IT practices. The divide between behavior and practice has underlined the need for bimodal IT strategies. Bimodal frameworks are defined by Gartner as “the practice of managing two separate but coherent styles of work: one focused on predictability; the other on exploration.”

Gartner VP Distinguished Analyst Michael Silver will present new research which illustrates why it’s imperative for organizations to immediately change the way they manage mobile and endpoints. The session will focus on the value of new models in an agile workforce.

Wednesday, October 17 at 1:50 p.m.

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Jasmine Henry (formerly Jasmine W. Gordon) is a Seattle-based commentator and freelance journalist specializing in analytics, information security and other emerging tech trends. Henry holds an MS in Informatics & Analytics from Lipscomb University in Nashville, where she also completed a graduate certificate in Health Care Informatics. Her work has appeared in Forbes, Time, Reuters, HR Professionals Magazine, ADP Spark, HP Tektonika, Mimecast and dozens of other publications.

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