“It’s an environment where information technology does not define the rules. Instead it is a key ingredient in achieving personal and enterprise productivity and innovation. Where technology is so natural and pervasive that we don’t even need to hold it in our hands. It’s just a part of our lives,” Mr. Willis said.However, there is serious work that needs to be done. IT leaders need to make sure they have policies and procedures in place to respond to the new Nexus-driven threats. They must counter cyberattacks, and anticipate new attacks from new sources at a high scale. They will need to respond to “reputation” warfare and defend against social media “mercenaries”. They will also invest in new technologies that support employee-owned devices such as mobile device management, containerization and virtualization. “Security investments are going to dramatically increase,” Mr. Willis said. “An already large security market is about to get much bigger, growing by 56 percent from current levels in five years time, while cloud security will almost triple.” Mr. Willis said some companies are already doubling or tripling their security budgets, for example in the health care industry. Gartner analysts said a key reason for this is regulatory compliance. IT leaders need to anticipate and plan for the coming wave of government interventions and regulations. As information technology becomes pervasive in all operations, regulations from the analog world will come to the digital world. CEOs want their CIOs to make their impact felt where the enterprise meets the outside world. They want the CIO to unleash the forces that will differentiate their business. They don’t want the CIO spending all of their time automating the back office. “The value CEOs seek is in digitizing the interface between your enterprise and its customer or citizen, creating whole new business opportunities in the process,” Mr. Willis said. “The Nexus holds the promise of: new revenue streams; new missions; and new possibilities.”
Gartner analysts said this is the age of the engagement economy, and it is key for IT leaders to engage their employees. Mass collaboration is already becoming critical. Gamification holds a lot of promise for the future. When asked to innovate, engage, or solve a problem, Gartner recommends turning the challenge into a game. However, looking beyond internal gamification, IT leaders need a laser focus on their customers.“If you cannot explain how every project in your discretionary budget affects the end customer or citizen, don’t do it,” Mr. Willis said. “CIOs in every industry recognize that focusing on the customer is the major driver of innovation. The likelihood that a customer will recommend your brand to a friend or colleague matters.” About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world's most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives. This event delivers independent and objective content with the authority and weight of the world's leading IT research and advisory organization, and provides access to the latest solutions from key technology providers. Gartner's annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of attendees' annual planning efforts. IT executives rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency. Additional information about Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, is available at www.gartner.com/symposium/us. Video replays of keynotes and sessions are available on Gartner Events on Demand at www.gartnerondemand.com. 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. Upcoming dates and locations for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo include: October 29-31, Sao Paulo, Brazil: www.gartner.com/br/symposium November 5-8, Barcelona, Spain: www.gartner.com/eu/symposium November 12-15, Gold Coast, Australia: www.gartner.com/au/symposium March 5-7, 2013, Dubai, UAE: www.gartner.com/technology/symposium/dubai/ 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.