Industry experts agree that the IT channel must anticipate, evolve, and take action to satisfy the needs of the modern workplace. While this is logical in theory, it is challenging in light of today's competitive environment. There is no sure path to success. Next week, several CIO’s, CTO’s and IT executives will head to Orlando for Gartner Symposium/ITXPO. Several progressive minded IT channel executives are set to join them as well. This year the agenda is categorized under six tracks tied to what Gartner refers to as high-impact initiatives. These issues are at the forefront of many of the trends within the IT channel. Here is a summary of the tracks:
Architect a Digital Business: What patterns and practices can you use to deliver scalable, safe and ethical digital business solutions?
Renovate IT: How can you modernize, measure and manage a mission-critical runtime environment and partner ecosystem that is high-performing, robust, efficient and responsive to change?
Plan for the Digital Future: What should be on your 3- or 5-year technology and business radar? Further out? What should you be thinking about that you’re currently not?
Lead the Digital Enterprise: How do you become a more effective leader in the digital enterprise?
Create a Dynamic Organization: How can you harness the potential of people and skills to change the culture and to build digital business?
Drive Business Growth: How can IT help grow the business, especially through new revenue streams and high-value outcomes?
The program aims to provide a holistic view of both the challenges and changes required to service and succeed in the modern enterprise. There is also a vertical and industry focus given the rate of change taking place in the marketplace. According to Gartner's 2015 Digital Business Survey, 32 percent of leaders at organizations with $250 million or more in annual revenue said they have a digital business. Also noteworthy, the top priority for digital business front-runners is adopting new technology (70 percent), followed by creating a highly collaborative environment (56 percent) and supporting customer-driven technology changes (53 percent).
These findings reinforce the importance of investing in the right partnerships, people, and competency development. This approach guides Polycom’s channel strategy and enablement program for partners. Greg Pelton, Polycom’s Vice President, Architecture and Advanced Technology, VSG Engineering Management, will be leading The Workplace of the Future Starts Now session in Theater C, Pacific Hall, Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort on Thursday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. ET. This session will provide great commentary on industry wide trends.
Also noteworthy, Polycom experts will be onsite and ready to connect with Gartner Symposium ITXPO attendees during the opening reception on Oct. 5, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ET. They will also be available to meet with attendees to discuss trends shaping the industry throughout the day on Oct. 6 and 7, from 12 - 7:15 p.m. ET, and on Oct. 8 from 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET in Booth 727. Stop by Polycom’s booth to take a deep dive on the big issues facing the IT channel, for interactive demonstrations, and a special announcement on Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Follow @Polycom on Twitter and the search the hashtag #GartnerSYM.