Gene Hall, the CEO of Gartner briefly took to the stage this morning. He acknowledged that the last 12 months had been 'challenging' due to the financial crisis but suggested that the global economy is on the way to recovery and CEOs were shifting their focus from cost cutting to "growth and renewal strategies".
David Thodey, CEO of Telstra was interviewed on the main stage by Gartner analysts. He spoke about the NBN, Telstra's core business and called his company "a humble telco".
Andy Kyte, VP and a member of the Gartner Application Strategy and Governance team, was by far the most animated and amusing speaker this morning. He said one of the biggest problems faced by companies was their "bloated applications portfolio".
"We are not very interested in responsible parenting, we are only interested in making babies. The result of this is hundreds and thousands of orphaned applications that wonder the corridors of your enterprise going up to any adult they see and saying, 'are you my daddy'?," he told the very amused audience.
Brian Prentice is research VP with Gartner's Emerging Trends and Technologies Group and based in Sydney. He predicted that regulatory oversight "will increase dramatically" and is likely to be nationally and globally enforced. He warned that the rise of social media means organisations' can no longer control the dissemination of information about their activities.
Peter Sondergaard, Gartner's head of research, talked delegates through a diagram that demonstrated how companies change their spending habits depending on the economic climate.
He said 2010 is about balancing cost, risk and growth but expected spending to recover in the healthcare, utility, government and (specifically in Asia) in telecommunications verticals.
"Although global GDP is forecast to grow by 2.6 percent globally and five percent in Asia, IT spending will only grow by 2.3 percent, which means 50 percent of CIOs will experience and IT budget that grows by zero percent or less", he said.
The 2009 ITxpo kicked off to a full house with about 1,000 people packed into the auditorium. Around 900 were delegates and the rest were exhibitors and press.
Telstra CEO David Thodey was interviewed on stage by Eric Goodness, Gartner's agenda manager and customer lead for Managed Services in the Communications sector and Bjarne Munch, a principal research analyst based in Brisbane.
In the main exhibition hall, Symantec's stand was handing out padlocks (good call), pedometers (probably useful at a conference this size) and yoyos (not quite sure what that was meant to signify!)
For some reason HP decided to have a gnome theme. There were hundreds of them. If we manage to smuggle one out of the conference we will give it away as a prize...
Right next to the main Gartner stand was a fancy white Mercedes filled with Gartner balloons. "Be rewarded for the company you keep" was the slogan for the competition.
Waiting for the proceedings to kick off, the attendees waited patiently.
CA had one of the largest stands in the exhibition hall, which was looking rather quiet compared to previous years.
Gartner's main stand in the exhibition hall.
Delegates queuing at the one-on-one booking desk to arrange some time with their favourite analyst.