Gartner Symposium Australia – 2018

Deeptha Sreedhar

Deeptha Sreedhar

I’m a Chennai-based Writer and Journalist. I handle the Digital Content for Appearition. My super-cool colleagues design, innovate and create magic in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality. I use this space to present their magic in text. When I am not editing or scouring for story ideas one bit before hell breaks loose, I enjoy reading crime-fiction books and watching similar television series, do a bit of experimental cooking and some travel to wherever my bank balance supports upon paying all bills.
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Appearition’s Rod Smith attended the 2018 Gartner Symposium in Gold Coast. With over 2000 attendees across the 2-day event, Rod shares his experience from the trip and on the emerging technologies that Gartner spoke about:

The Continuous Next

This year’s Symposium revolved around the theme ‘Continuous Next.’ Gartner sees the future in terms of continuous change at an increasing pace. A key vision for the future was the “Digital Twin” concept where organisation processes could be twinned for training and operational purposes. This could be of significant impact in augmented reality terms, particularly in asset digital twins. One of the more contentious statements was the expectation that companies should move from a project focus to a product focus. Culture also featured strongly, and the change management strategy required for implementing any new technology.

Keynote Address:

One of the highlights of the symposium was a presentation by Garry Kasparov (pictured below), the former world chess champion, and author. He provided a fascinating tale of his competition with the IBM Deep Blue chess program, which he claimed became a turning point in the artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap for chess. Kasparov centred his talk about AI and what it means to us, humans.

Disruptive technologies

The symposium had a big focus on disruptive technologies such as blockchain, digital twins, Augmented Reality (AR). Particularly, AR is at the point of starting on “the slope of enlightenment” section of the Gartner hype cycle. Digital twins was widely spoken about and heavily emphasised. This creates significant opportunities for AR companies which can model equipment assets and model processes. The payback for companies will be better utilisation of resources, efficiency and cost savings.

Gartner’s ITXPO

The ITXPO was held at the convention centre and accompanied the symposium. The XPO witnessed the likes of several large groups of vendors. Several tech enthusiasts celebrated the spirit of Halloween as the event drew close:

 

For all those in the business of technology, Gartner Symposium 2018 was the place to be!