Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president for research at Gartner
Next up on stage was Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president for research at Gartner. Sondergaard urged IT directors and chief information officers to: "Think like a Chief Financial Officer. Expect your annual IT budget to grow 0% to 2.3% in 2009."
Given a backdrop of economic slowdown and recession, the Gartner Symposium in Cannes has kicked off with a sombre message for chief information officers and IT directors: rather than look at reducing costs, look at adding value. True innovation occurs when trading conditions are tough. The message from the keynote speakers is: "IT must innovate in this economic downturn." Further photos are also available on Gartner's Flickr pages.