It’s not enough for CIOs and other IT managers just to do their jobs; they also have to be innovators driving the business of their companies, according to analysts at the Gartner Symposium/ITexpo that kicked off in Orlando Monday.

About 6,000 attendees are expected during the four-day conference for senior IT and business professionals. The majority of the event centers on the 250 presentations made by Gartner analysts, but there are 150 vendors exhibiting.

Gartner Vice President Ken McGee, and Dale Kutnick, senior vice president and director of research, discussed the future direction of IT during their Monday session. One key point made was that IT needs to get out of its technology shell and get into the heads of CEOs and COOs.

“One of the basic skills still missing” from most IT r

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