CIO Event Guide: The conferences where technology leaders can prepare for 2018

June 29, 2017  |  Pluralsight
CIO Event Guide: The conferences where technology leaders can prepare for 2018
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In a few months, technology leaders like you will be bombarded with 2018 predictions and projections. It makes sense – the best time to prepare for the future is right now. But don’t write-off 2017 just yet. 

The last two quarters of the year are full of events that can help you strengthen your business, ready your workforce for the fourth industrial revolution and learn how to leverage new technology that’s disrupting your industry. 

Here’s a comprehensive list of events that IT leadership will find valuable ahead of the new year: 

Q3 CIO events and conferences

Black Hat 2017

Date: July 22-27

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Black Hat is the ideal conference to see how industry experts are “defining and defending tomorrow’s InfoSec landscape.” You’ll hear from leading researchers and security experts on everything from Internet of Things to malware. Don’t miss out on the CISO Summit happening July 25th, an event designed specifically for IT executives. 

NRFtech 2017

Date: July 23-25

Location: San Diego, CA

A conference specifically for retail leaders, you’ll learn about the disruptive tech driving change in this industry. “C-Suite Unplugged: Avoiding Inaction While Navigating the Hype” is a not-miss session. You’ll learn how to make sense of the noise in today’s technology landscape. 

CIO 100

Date: August 14-16

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

The CIO 100 is a gathering of senior IT executives to discuss business strategy, innovation and business challenges. Hear from leaders at companies like MasterCard and Deloitte, and take part in CIO panel discussions. You can also rub shoulders with peers at the CIO 100 Award Ceremony and Hall of Fame induction.

Gartner Catalyst

Date: August 21-24

Location: San Diego, CA

Ready to talk new tech? At Gartner Catalyst you’ll learn about machine learning, blockchain and more in six session tracks. Tech luminaries like Clayton Christensen and Marc Benioff will share powerful insights in keynote sessions.

The Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit

Date: September 18-20

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Nowhere will you get a better view of the rapidly changing landscape of IT than at HCTS. Learn how you can leverage the cloud to enable your digital transformation while also looking forward to emerging technologies. Can’t make it to Vegas this fall? Attend the virtual event happening July 18th.

Pluralsight LIVE

Date: September 19-21

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

What does the future hold? You’ll find out at Pluralsight Live. Technologists, visionaries and futurists will converge to discuss how CIOs can capitalize on emerging trends and lead their organizations with technology. Leaders from Microsoft, Nasdaq and Adobe will hit the main stage. 

Microsoft Envision

Date: September 25-27

Location: Orlando, FL

This is Microsoft’s event specifically for business leaders. In Orlando, you’ll connect with peers on digital transformation strategy and management philosophy. And these keynotes are big: Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will address attendees.

Strata Data Conference

Date: September 25-28

Location: New York, NY

Is big data working for your business? This event will help you gain insights into successful data strategy. The Business Summit program gives you a chance to hear how the world’s leading companies (like Google, Intel and Spotify) are leveraging data today. Topics include: predictive analytics, governance and bot strategy, and automation. 

Q4 CIO events and conferences

Gartner Symposium

Date: October 1-5

Location: Orlando, FL

As the self-proclaimed “Most Important Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives,” the Gartner Symposium will give you unparalleled access to top leaders from around the world. Learn new ways to approach critical problems, achieve impact in your organization and find ways to align IT goals with the overall business. Don’t miss out on the CIO Story sessions, where your peers share practical examples of digital leadership.


Date: November 6-9

Location: San Francisco, CA

Dreamforce is the conference that has something for everyone. The IT Professional track, industry-specific workshops and the Cloud Expo give you the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest of your peers. With specific keynotes on IT, Internet of Things and AI, Dreamforce will leave you with lots of ideas for integrations and efficiency with Salesforce and other tools in your stack. 

TBM Conference

Date: November 6-9

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Learn how to use the Technology Business Management (TBM) framework to ignite your IT organization. Ready to turn your IT org into a profit center for your business? The Leadership Summit portion of the conference will show you how. 

CIO Summit

Date: November 12-14

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Here’s your chance to learn from and with your IT peers. At the CIO Summit, you’ll have the opportunity to have open discussions with IT thought leaders, sit it on think tanks with technology visionaries and hear fellow leaders discuss challenges in small panels throughout the Summit. 

So, where are you headed?

Setting aside a week, or even a few days, to attend a conference is difficult, but preparing for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow is time well spent. These events are an opportunity for you to step away from the day-to-day happenings of your organization and learn from the best—and we think your teams will thank you for it. So, check your calendar, clear your schedule and choose an event (or a few!) to invest in your growth as a leader. Safe travels!


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