Gartner Launches IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management Summit in Europe 28-29 September 2011, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, UK

(PresseBox) (Egham, UK, ) Gartner will host its first IT Financial, Procurement and Asset Management (ITAM) Summit in London, UK this year, drawing on the success of its annual ITAM Summit in North America. The Summit will be held from 28-29 September 2011, at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, London.

"The content featured at this Summit generates some of the highest inquiry volumes in Gartner and especially so during economically tough periods as organisations seek ways to effectively reduce and optimise IT costs," said Alexa Bona, research vice president at Gartner. "A Gartner survey of 186 European IT procurement, IT asset managers and IT finance executives showed that IT cost optimisation was top of their lists of hot topics and that is one of the overall themes of the Summit. Trends affecting ITAM, IT procurement and IT finance, and ITAM best practices and processes were next on the list and presentations on these topics will be featured at the London event.

"The Summit creates a unique setting for organisations to get the latest Gartner insight on how to better understand and manage their IT costs," said Ms Bona. "Delegates will find the answers to the latest market trends, including how to: reduce long-term IT costs, better manage software costs and licensing, and prepare for the impact of new IT trends like cloud computing, virtualisation, consumerisation and more."

The Summit focuses on the three key components to understanding the value of IT: IT financial management, IT procurement and IT asset management. It will feature three tracks:

- IT Finance

- IT Procurement

- IT Asset Management

Key Gartner presentations at the Summit include:

Welcome and Gartner Opening Keynote: Align, Communicate and Execute - Defining Success in IT Finance, Procurement and Asset Management

Alexa Bona and William Snyder, research vice president, Gartner

Closing Keynote: How Will New Technologies Change the Way we do Procurement and IT Asset Management?
Alexa Bona, research vice president, Gartner

Gartner Keynote: What the CEO and the Board Expect From the CIO and IT
Mark Raskino, vice president and Gartner Fellow

The Summit will feature two guest keynote presentations:

Guest Keynote: Making IT Cost and Usage Transparent to Radically Reduce IT Spend at HMRC
Louise McCarthy, Finance Director, HM Revenue & Customs Information Management Services (HMRC IMS)

Guest Keynote: Networking With Ease
Nisha Pillai, Presenter, BBC World News


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