22 Sessions at Gartner D&A Summit, 2024 in Orlando That You Absolutely Cannot Miss

Updated January 25th, 2024
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This article will look at the most important sessions for D&A leaders and practitioners at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit 2024 in Orlando, Florida.

We’ve divided the sessions into six categories to make it easier for you to follow — data management, generative AI, D&A strategy, modern data architecture, D&A governance, and data observability.

Let’s explore each category further.


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Table of contents

  1. Data management
  2. Generative AI
  3. Data and analytics (D&A) strategy
  4. Modern data architecture
  5. Data and analytics (D&A) governance
  6. Data observability
  7. Summary
  8. Gartner D&A Summit 2024 Sessions: Related reads

Data management

1. Active Metadata — Magic, Myth, Miracle or Machine?


By: Mark Beyer, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT

Track: Data Management

What is the session about?

Despite active metadata’s prevalence since late 2016, many suppliers and implementers opt for design-then-build strategies for their data infrastructures.

So, Mark Beyer discusses practical ways of leveraging active metadata to enable cross-platform data orchestration and support automation.

Also, read → What is active metadata? Your 101 guide.

2. Preparing the CDAO for Data Management Challenges


By: Mark Beyer, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM EDT

Track: Leadership

What is the session about?

Mark Beyer will explain how to talk about messy, volatile data and use it for business decision-making. He’ll also offer recommendations for situations when data doesn’t respond to business signals.


Generative AI

3. How Generative AI Is Changing the Way We Manage Data — Get Ready for It!


By: Melody Chien, Sr Director Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Melody Chien will explore the use cases, impact, business value, and potential risk of generative AI in data management.

4. State of Data Management: Convergence, Inversion and Hallucinations


By: Robert Thanaraj, Director Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Robert Thanaraj will explore three aspects of AI readiness in data management:

  1. The convergence of capabilities (market response)
  2. The inversion of practices (observe and learn)
  3. Hallucinations and human intelligence to compensate GenAI risks

Data and analytics (D&A) strategy

5. The Foundation of a Modern Data and Analytics Strategy


By: Andrew White, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Track: Leadership

What is the session about?

Andrew White will explore the anatomy of an effective data and analytics strategy that drives business outcomes.

6. What Head of Data Management Need to Know About Aligning to Business Value


By: Roxane Edjlali, Sr Director Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Track: Business value

What is the session about?

Roxane Edjlali will discuss how to set up and talk about a data management strategy that will align the D&A strategy with business value. She will also cover how to communicate progress to the various stakeholders and measure success.


By: Andrew White, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 02:45 PM - 04:15 PM EDT

Track: Business value

What is the session about?

This 90-minute workshop will look into diagnostically connecting data, analytics, and governance, and analyzing their impact on business processes, decisions, and outcomes.

The attendees (executive leaders as well as D&A practitioners) will learn how to:

  • Explore the least amount of data with the most significant business impact
  • The right data in each business application or system that will drive specific business outcomes

8. FinOps, DataOps, PlatformOps: Ops Excellence in Data Management


By: Robert Thanaraj, Director Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Robert Thanaraj will talk about 3 kinds of operations that are essential for sustaining data management success:

  • FinOps = Optimal use of data management resources
  • DataOps = Operational excellence in data delivery
  • PlatformOps = Manage and scale data platforms

9. How to Stop Your CEO From Yawning When You Talk to Them About Data and Analytics


By: Saul Judah, VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM EDT

Track: Leadership

What is the session about?

Saul Judah will show attendees how to improve their communication skills to influence and persuade their CEOs and senior business leaders on D&A initiatives.

10. How Can CDAOs and CFOs Collaborate to Drive Business Impact at Scale With D&A Investments?


By: Andrew White, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Wednesday, March 13, 2024 / 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM EDT

Track: Leadership

What is the session about?

Andrew White will explore the decision-making process for selecting the right digital, data, analytics, and AI investments that drive repeatable, sustainable returns.


Modern data architecture

11. Data Mesh v/s Data Fabric? Identify the Benefits and Risks Before Making Your Decisive 2024 Investment


By: Ehtisham Zaidi, VP Analyst, Gartner, and Robert Thanaraj, Director Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Gartner analysts will have an on-stage debate on data mesh vs. data fabric. A roundtable discussion will follow this debate. We recommend attending both sessions to get the most out of this debate.

Also, read → Atlan’s take on the data mesh vs. data fabric debate

12. Roundtable: Data Mesh/Fabric Post Debate Followup


By: Mark Beyer, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 02:45 PM - 03:30 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Mark Beyer will facilitate a 45-minute roundtable discussion encouraging attendees to comment, ask questions, and offer new input on the data mesh vs. data fabric debate.

To get the most out of this session, we recommend attending the on-stage debate by Gartner analysts on data mesh and data fabric.

13. Ask the Expert: What Should CDAOs Know About Modern Data Architectures?


By: Robert Thanaraj, Director Analyst, Gartner

When is it?: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM EDT

Track: Leadership

What is the session about?

Robert Thanaraj will address questions on emerging trends in modern data architectures (lakehouse, data fabric, data mesh, etc.) and ways to future-proof the existing data infrastructure in an organization in this 45-minute session.

14. Data Fabrics Made Real: Ten Practical Steps to Build Your Data Fabric Design


By: Ehtisham Zaidi, VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Ehtisham Zaidi will explain the specifics of the data fabric design and how that fits into an organization’s data and analytics strategy.

He will also cover steps and best practices to implement the design and evaluate technology options.

Also, read → Implementing a data fabric

15. The Path to Succeed With Data Mesh


By: Michael Simone, Sr Director Analyst, Gartner

When is it?: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Michael Simone will address the perils of poorly executed data mesh approaches and demonstrate a better way to go about it.

Also, read → The ultimate guide to data mesh [ebook]

16. Ask the Expert: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Data Fabric But Were Afraid to Ask


By: Ehtisham Zaidi, VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it?: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 04:00 PM - 04:45 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Ehtisham Zaidi will address questions on data fabric’s design vision, benefits to business, key architecture components, best practices, vendors, and more in this 45-minute session.

Also, read → Data fabric 101


Data and analytics (D&A) governance

17. Workshop: Deploy Data and Analytics Governance for Success


By: Guido De Simoni, VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

Track: Trust, governance, and culture

What is the session about?

In this 90-minute session, Guido De Simoni will help attendees learn how to:

  • Identify key objectives within the right D&A governance operating model
  • Work on effective KPIs for D&A governance initiatives
  • Use the right technology for D&A governance operationalization and automation

18. Data and Analytics Governance: Foundations and Future


By: Guido De Simoni, VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Monday, March 11, 2024 / 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM EDT

Track: Trust, governance, and culture

What is the session about?

Guido De Simoni will look at:

  • The essentials of a solid D&A governance foundation
  • The challenges that organizations face when they lack these essentials
  • Emerging trends that are shaping the future of D&A governance

Also, read → Data governance trends in 2024

19. Roundtable: Exploring New Frontiers in Data and Analytics Governance: Practices and Technologies


By: Guido De Simoni, VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM EDT

Track: Trust, governance, and culture

What is the session about?

In this 45-minute session facilitated by Guido de Simoni, attendees can share their experiences on data and analytics governance initiatives.

20. Why your D&A Governance Solution is Not the One You Need — And How to Resolve the Issue?


By: Andrew White, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT

Track: Trust, governance, and culture

What is the session about?

Andrew White will clarify the various data governance use cases, roles, and value propositions. He will present research that will provide actionable advice and help the attendees pick the right solution for their businesses.

Also, read → Understanding data governance tools in 2024

21. Take 3 Actions to Address Your Data and Analytics Risk


By: Saul Judah, VP Analyst, Gartner

When is it?: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT

Track: Trust, governance, and culture

What is the session about?

Data and analytics investments fail to deliver results when D&A leaders don’t address the risks associated with data, analytics, and AI.

Saul Judah will help attendees identify the key areas requiring better D&A risk practices so that their initiatives yield better business outcomes.


Data observability

22. The State of Data Observability Technology - Detection, Recommendation and Prevention


By: Melody Chien, Sr Director Analyst, Gartner

When is it? Tuesday, March 12, 2024 / 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM EDT

Track: Data management

What is the session about?

Melody Chien will offer insight into the potential of data observability technology and how D&A leaders can leverage it to build more effective data landscapes.

Also, read → 12 popular data observability tools in 2024


Summary

The data and analytics landscape will undergo significant changes because of evolutions in generative AI and emerging data architecture trends (data mesh and data fabric). D&A leaders and practitioners would want to re-evaluate their D&A strategy, and governance initiatives, and address the risks associated with AI.

That’s why, while Gartner’s Orlando summit will offer 150+ sessions to attendees, we believe the sessions mentioned above are critical for any D&A practitioner in 2024.

We’ve also summarized the sessions in the table below.

#CategoryTrackSessionGartner SpeakerScheduled on
1Data managementLeadershipPreparing the CDAO for Data Management ChallengesMark Beyer, Distinguished VP AnalystMarch 12 from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
2Data managementActive Metadata — Magic, Myth, Miracle or Machine?Mark Beyer, Distinguished VP AnalystMarch 12 from 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
3Generative AIData managementHow Generative AI Is Changing the Way We Manage Data — Get Ready for It!Melody Chien, Sr Director AnalystMarch 11 from 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM EDT
4Data managementState of Data Management: Convergence, Inversion and HallucinationsRobert Thanaraj, Director AnalystMarch 11 from 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM EDT
5D&A strategyLeadershipThe Foundation of a Modern Data and Analytics StrategyAndrew White, Distinguished VP AnalystMarch 11 from 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
6Business valueWhat Head of Data Management Need to Know About Aligning to Business ValueRoxane Edjlali, Sr Director AnalystMarch 11 from 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
7Business valueWorkshop: How to Link Data and Analytics to Business OutcomeAndrew White, Distinguished VP AnalystMarch 11 from 02:45 PM - 04:15 PM EDT
8LeadershipHow to Stop Your CEO From Yawning When You Talk to Them About Data and AnalyticsSaul Judah, VP AnalystMarch 12 from 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM EDT
9Data managementFinOps, DataOps, PlatformOps: Ops Excellence in Data ManagementRobert Thanaraj, Director AnalystMarch 12 from 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM EDT
10LeadershipHow Can CDAOs and CFOs Collaborate to Drive Business Impact at Scale With D&A Investments?Andrew White, Distinguished VP AnalystMarch 13 from 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM EDT
11Modern data architectureData managementData Mesh v/s Data Fabric? Identify the Benefits and Risks Before Making Your Decisive 2024 InvestmentEhtisham Zaidi, VP Analyst and Robert Thanaraj, Director AnalystMarch 11 from 01:00 PM - 01:30 PM EDT
12Data managementRoundtable: Data Mesh/Fabric Post Debate FollowupMark Beyer, Distinguished VP AnalystMarch 11 from 02:45 PM - 03:30 PM EDT
13LeadershipAsk the Expert: What Should CDAOs Know About Modern Data Architectures?Robert Thanaraj, Director AnalystMarch 12 from 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM EDT
14Data managementData Fabrics Made Real: Ten Practical Steps to Build Your Data Fabric DesignEhtisham Zaidi, VP AnalystMarch 12 from 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM EDT
15Data managementThe Path to Succeed With Data MeshMichael Simone, Sr Director AnalystMarch 12 from 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM EDT
16Data managementAsk the Expert: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Data Fabric But Were Afraid to AskEhtisham Zaidi, VP AnalystMarch 12 from 04:00 PM - 04:45 PM EDT
17D&A governanceTrust, governance, and cultureWorkshop: Deploy Data and Analytics Governance for SuccessGuido De Simoni, VP AnalystMarch 11 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
18Trust, governance, and cultureData and Analytics Governance: Foundations and FutureGuido De Simoni, VP AnalystMarch 11 from 02:45 AM - 03:15 PM EDT
19Trust, governance, and cultureRoundtable: Exploring New Frontiers in Data and Analytics Governance: Practices and TechnologiesGuido De Simoni, VP AnalystMarch 12 from 09:00 AM - 09:45 AM EDT
20Trust, governance, and cultureWhy your D&A Governance Solution is Not the One You Need — And How to Resolve the Issue?Andrew White, Distinguished VP AnalystMarch 12 from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM EDT
21Trust, governance, and cultureTake 3 Actions to Address Your Data and Analytics RiskSaul Judah, VP AnalystMarch 12 from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM EDT
22Data observabilityData managementThe State of Data Observability Technology - Detection, Recommendation and PreventionMelody Chien, Sr Director AnalystMarch 12 from 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM EDT


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