KS2 President Eric Kuefler recently attended Gartner’s IT Symposium in Orlando as a guest to gain insight and prepare for 2018.

The 3-day event provided a high-level look at general strategies and technologies that were picking up momentum and being adopted among CIO’s in 2017. It also presented successful use cases and demonstrated ways that these tools would continue to develop in 2018 and beyond.

Roughly 8,000 were in attendance, eager to receive an unbiased industry perspective on the latest developments in areas such as cloud, mobile, and cognitive.

For KS2, many of Gartner’s findings were encouraging; several of these takeaways involved cloud adoption, where KS2 has been helping customers over the past 2 years (and will continue to help in the oncoming years!). There were also a few surprises, proving that a large number of CIO’s aren’t hesitating to take advantage of the latest digital innovations.

Below, we’ve highlighted our biggest takeaways from Gartner’s 2017 IT Symposium.

1.) Gartner highlighted its choice of the top 3 cloud providers, ranking AWS as #1, followed by Azure as #2 and Google as #3. Not to be forgotten is Oracle and IBM (see below)!

2.) Gartner spoke on behalf of Oracle and IBM’s Clouds, sharing that while AWS may be the leader – they are catching up and possess unique and interesting capabilities.

3.) Gartner also shared that there is a trend many are following of moving out of data centers and on-premise to the Cloud to a true SaaS environment saving capital and time as well.

4.) When taking a look at ERP, another interesting finding was that many CIO’s are instead investing in ways to digitally enhance their ERP, such as machine learning, cognitive approaches, cloud wraps, social, and mobile extensions.

KS2 will be attending one more Gartner event this year, from December 4 – December 6. This event will be more focused on tactics, addressing specific application strategies for individuals developing applications at Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce.

As we learn more, we’ll be sharing those findings with you as well. In the meantime, we would love to hear what you think on these topics and welcome any of your thoughts.