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Oct 09, 2014

Gartner ITxpo: Liveblog Oct 9

gartner It's day 5 at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2014, the world's most important gathering of CIOs and Senior IT executives. We are here to give to insider access! We will be liveblogging pictures, interviews, and session recaps to keep you in-the-know on #GartnerSYM, so make sure to keep checking in! Looking to catch up on the week so far? Check out our liveblog posts from  Gartner ITxpo October 5Gartner ITxpo October 6,  GartnerITxpo October 7 & Gartner ITxpo October 8.


So long, Orlando!

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 2 We are headed back to Boston after an INTENSE few days at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo and were feeling excited about the future of mobile apps, mobility and technology overall. Our time here was packed with thought-provoking keynote interviews, insightful presentations from Gartner analysts, meeting and networking with a bunch of #MobilityPro(s) and of course a little Disney World fun.  If you were at the conference too, I hope you felt like you got as much out of the ITxpo as we did and if you couldn't attend I hope our liveblogging was helpful in keep you filled in on all the excitement! Be sure to check back to our liveblogs from the previous days and you'll find more session and keynote recaps, interviews with some of the #MobilityPro(s) we met and more!


12:00pm Session Recap

unnamedWe just got out of an interesting session with Van Baker where he shared the many ways of "How Mobile Apps Can Increase Your Business IQ". Ways on Increase the Business IQ include:

      • Data Access
      • Process Improvements
      • Productivity Enhancements
      • Customer & Employee Engagement

Baker dives deeper into how to increase business IQ through data access explaining that mobile apps enable real time scheduling and adjustments to be made. This leads to better use of field personnel and equipment, less downtown, improved customer response and cash flow. He shared that a study done by IBM showed that enabling employees with mobility will lead to an extra 100 hours of productivity per employee.


10:00am Mastermind Keynote Recap

Image-1 (22) The last day of the Gartner ITxpo was kicked of with another impressive Mastermind Interview, this time with John Zimmer, founder of Lyft. Zimmer started Lyft, an on-demand ridesharing platform in June 2012 and it quickly became one of the most innovative and fast-growing tech companies, operating in more than 60 U.S. cities and raising over $330 million from investors. Zimmer was attending Cornell School of Hotel Administration when he learned some surprising statistics about transportation in the United States. One stat being that our current transportation system has 80% "vacancy" of empty seats in cars on the road, and another being that in some cities 30% of traffic is just people looking for parking. This is where his interest in peer-to-peer transportation began, however he explains that it wasn't about the app or the cars at that time, he wanted to create a movement. The car for a long time has represented personal freedom, however today that is represented with the smartphone, hence the major success of Lyft.


Did you miss out on the rest of the week at the ITxpo? Check out our live blog recaps for Gartner ITxpo October 5, Gartner ITxpo October 6Gartner ITxpo October 7 & Gartner ITxpo October 8.

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