How to Prepare for Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, 2024 in Orlando

Updated January 30th, 2024
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Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2024 in Orlando, Florida is an opportunity to update yourself on everything happening in the D&A space from Gartner analysts and experts.

This article will offer tips on preparing yourself to get the most value from this conference.

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Table of contents

  1. How to prepare for Gartner D&A Summit 2024 in Orlando, Florida
  2. Wrapping up
  3. Preparing for Gartner D&A Summit 2024: Related reads

How to prepare for Gartner D&A Summit 2024 in Orlando, Florida: Six tips to help you out

With 150+ sessions, the three days of the Gartner conference will be packed with learnings on data and analytics trends, real-world examples, best practices, and more. Here’s how you can gear yourself up to make the most of this event:

  1. Understand your organization’s business and D&A priorities
  2. Take stock of your D&A maturity and data stack
  3. Look for sessions that address your priorities, D&A maturity, and technology requirements
  4. Book the sessions — especially limited-capacity sessions, such as workshops, and roundtables, and ask the expert sessions — using Gartner’s Conference Navigator app
  5. Check out the exhibitors at the conference and engage with the relevant ones
  6. Record your learnings from the conference and share them with your business leaders and D&A teams back home

Let’s explore the specifics of each tip further.

1. Understand your organization’s business and D&A priorities

150+ sessions, thousands of participants, numerous exhibitors, etc. can sound overwhelming. However, if you know where your organization’s interests lie and have a clear plan of action, you can get the most out of this event.

So, before heading into the conference, understand your organization’s business goals, and analyze whether your D&A priorities align with those goals. The best way to prepare is to have an open conversation with your D&A teams and business managers.

2. Take stock of your D&A maturity and data stack

This year’s Gartner D&A Summit has several sessions focusing on modern data architectures (data mesh and data fabric), data observability technology, active metadata management tooling, data integration tools, etc.

However, adopting modern tools and architecture design approaches requires a comprehensive understanding of your D&A maturity, technology requirements, and existing data stack. So, take stock of these elements before heading into the conference. It’ll also equip you with real problem statements, which you can discuss with other attendees and Gartner experts.

3. Look for sessions that address your priorities

There are lots of great sessions at the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, including thought-provoking keynotes, interactive workshops, and roundtable discussions. Make sure you attend those addressing your priorities.

For instance, if you’re debating the data mesh vs. data fabric design approaches in your organization, attending the debate session and the follow-up roundtable is an excellent addition to your Gartner conference agenda.

Also, read → 22 sessions at Gartner D&A Summit, 2024 in Orlando that you cannot miss

4. Book the relevant sessions using Gartner’s Conference Navigator app

The workshops, roundtables, meetups, and ‘ask the expert’ sessions at Gartner D&A Summit 2024 have limited capacity and require pre-registration.

For instance, each conference attendee can reserve two 30-minute one-on-one meetings with a Gartner expert. These allocations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

So, we recommend using the Gartner Conference Navigator app to register for these sessions as soon as possible.

Gartner Conference Navigator is your mobile conference concierge, enabling you to you access, browse, and manage your conference agenda, online or off — whether you’re at your desk, traveling to or from the conference, attending sessions on-site, or preparing your trip notes.

The app also lets you schedule meetings with Gartner analysts, D&A leaders, and fellow data practitioners attending the event.

Gartner recommends the following best practices for attendees using the app:

  • Before you arrive, build your agenda using Gartner Conference Navigator.
  • Make sure your profile is complete to get the best from our profile match feature. Share information about your interests and priorities to discover the sessions that are the best fit for you.
  • Be sure to register in advance for any roundtables, Gartner one-on-one meetings, or workshops you’d like to attend. We also have networking breakfasts and breaks running throughout the conference to help you expand your network.

💡 Note: A Gartner experts guide isn’t available yet. However, it will be online soon, including a complete list of available experts, as well as their areas of expertise on the speaker page.

5. Check out the exhibitors at the conference and engage with them

Several key players from the data and analytics ecosystem, such as Databricks, Salesforce, AWS, Microsoft, Snowflake, Atlan, and Google Cloud, will be present at Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2024 in Orlando.

Visit the booths of these exhibitors and engage with them to understand how their technology can fit into your modern data stack. This is a great way of evaluating the latest D&A technology and shortlisting those that match your organization’s priorities.

6. Record and share your learnings from the conference

The three-day Gartner conference promises a wealth of insights, learnings, stories, and tips. Recording and presenting them to your D&A teams and business managers after the conference is a great way to set the stage for an effective D&A strategy in 2024.

We also suggest keeping an eye out for Atlan’s key insights and takeaways from the event as that will enrich your observations further.

Also, read → What to expect from Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2024

Wrapping up

Attending Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2024 in Orlando, Florida is a great way to learn about D&A trends, and technology, and forge connections with D&A experts and peers.

Follow the six tips mentioned above to maximize this experience and equip yourself with insights that will drive impactful initiatives within your organization.

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