This year the Daptiv team attended Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012 in Orlando for the world’s biggest industry conference focused on IT leaders with over 8,000 senior IT executives (including 2,000 CIOs). Here are some of our takeaways from the Gartner sessions at the event:
(1) Nexus of Forces: Gartner predicted the need for senior IT and business executives to re-imagine business as the result of a powerful nexus of forces — mobile, social, cloud and information. This Nexus of Forces reflects how people want to interact with each other and their information and will make many existing IT architectures, organizational structures and IT strategies obsolete. Gartner forecast that there would be 5 billion mobile devices by 2015 and an 18% annual growth of cloud-based solutions leading up to 2016.
(2) Four Styles of Strategic EPMOs: Donna Fitzgerald from Gartner gave a presentation discussing the four styles of EPMOs: (i) Strategic EPMOs, (ii) Business Transformation Offices, (iii) Reporting PMOs and (iv) Operational PMOs. The styles of PMOs reflect whether the PMO’s business context is business transformation or steady-state, and whether they or facilitating or controlling the resources in an organization. Donna predicted that in the next 24 months 60% of the Fortune 1000 will establish one of the 4 styles of an EMPO driven by financial accountability and continued issues with project coordination across silos.
(3) Gamification: Gartner predicted by 2015, 40% of Global 1000 organizations will use gamification as the primary mechanism to transform business operations. Gamifiication is the use of game mechanics in non-entertainment environments to motivate a change in participant behavior. Tactics include progress bars, rewards for effort, feedback and multiple long-term and short-term aims. Elise Olding gave an example of a digital media company that implemented a gamified project management tool with rewards for entering accurate status of projects in flight.
(5) PPM Tools – A New Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based PPM Services: Dan Stang discussed the new Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based PPM Services in the ITxpo theatre. The underlying infrastructure of these services is cloud computing — scalable IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies. Dan outlined some of the benefits of cloud-based PPM services, including less time-to-value, less financial commitment and risk and the ability to rapidly configure, adopt and consume PPM capabilities. You can view the full Gartner MQ document here.
As you can see in the photo, our booth was front and center in the PPM show floor area. We met almost 200 PPM practitioners at the booth and had great conversations with attendees from all over the world. Our next Gartner event is Symposium/ITxpo in the Gold Coast, Australia 12th-15th November.