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Top Conferences for Business Leaders in 2018

Every year there are more and more conferences on business strategy and big data to choose from and it can be a daunting task to try and figure out which ones present the best opportunity for your organization.

To save you time searching and help you find the best events to attend next year, here is our list of top conferences for business leaders in 2018.


When: January 15-17, 2018

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Early Bird Registration Ends November 30, 2017

MicroStrategy World is a three-day conference on the future of analytics. With 16 tracks and more than 150 sessions, this event is designed to educate and inspire attendees to think outside the box when it comes to business analytics, product development and data management. 

Key Highlights:

  • Data Discovery: How to build interactive dossiers for data exploration
  • Multitenancy: Providing users with a customized experience in a shared environment
  • iPhone: How to build interactive iPhone apps (Workshop)


When: March 5-8, 2018

Where: Grapevine, TX

Gartner's Data & Analytics Summit is definitely a can't miss opportunity for business leaders. This conference covers data management and analytics, as well as business intelligence. The sessions and tracks center around innovations in AI and IoT, with discussions about how leaders can harness these technologies to facilitate data-driven company cultures. 

Key Highlights:

  • CDO Circle: Leadership, Strategy and Change: A Look Into Case Studies of CDOs Driving Real Business Impact
  • Rage Against the Machine Intelligence: Human Intervention Required
  • State of Data Management: Balancing Data Collection & Data Connection
  • Workshop: Getting Organizational Buy-In to Key Trends in Data and Analytics
  • Engaging Decision Makers Through Data Storytelling
  • The State of BI and Analytics: The Move Towards Automated Insight Generation
  • How to Establish a Data-Driven Culture


When: March 26-28, 2018

Where: San Francisco, CA

Early Bird Registration Ends January 1, 2018

The CI+S Event is a new event from the Fuld-Gilad-Herring Academy of Competitive Intelligence (ACI) and producers of leading competitive intelligence (CI) conferences around the world. 

This conference brings together business leaders in CI and strategy from every industry. Sessions are structured in various formats to maximize participation from attendees. Attendees have the chance to hear from experts making groundbreaking innovations through MasterClasses, presentations, panel discussions, round tales and more.

Key Highlights: Agenda not released yet


When: April, 2018 – one-day only

Where: Atlanta, GA

The Big Data & Analytics Forum is an annual event put on by the Argyle Executive Forum. This annual, one-day event is geared toward CDOs, CMOs, CIOs, and VPs or Directors in leadership roles for data and analytics. Join leaders across different industries and markets for keynote sessions, networking, fireside chats and panel discussions on the future of data management and analytics. With spots reserved only for executives, this event is a rare chance to connect and network with other business leaders in a more intimate environment.

Key Highlights:

  • The next wave of tools and technologies that will transform data and analytical capabilities
  • Assessing how data has impacted the executive team and overall corporate structure, and how this will continue to evolve
  • Exploring IoT’s future ramifications across industries


When: April 30 – May 3, 2018

Where: New Orleans, LA

Called "the best technology conference on the planet" by Forbes, Collision is the fastest growing tech conference in the U.S. This event is put on by the same team responsible for the Web Summit. Since it's inception three years ago, Collision has grown to include 25,000 attendees from more than 120 countries. This is such a great conference for business leaders because attendees include CEOs from some of the fastest growing startups in the world, as well as leading investors and chief executives from Fortune 500 companies. Executives in attendance have given rave reviews of this conference, not only for the curated, invite-only workshops tailored to specific audiences, but also for the networking opportunities that are available. Plus, it's in New Orleans, which is hard to beat!

Key Highlights: Agenda not released yet


When: May 14-17, 2018

Where: Orlando, FL

With so much changing in the field of competitive intelligence, the theme for the 2018 SCIP Conference is fittingly Next Generation Intelligence. This industry-leading conference offers more than 200 interactive sessions led by leading experts and innovators in the field. Join SCIP in 2018 for full and half-day workshops, panel discussions and a host of different networking opportunities for attendees. 

Key Highlights: Agenda not released yet


When: March 19-22, 2018

Where: Las Vegas, NV

With recent innovations like Watson, IBM is a leading innovator in AI and IT infrastructure. That is the same reason why IBM Think is a premier conference. Attendees are among the first to learn about cutting-edge innovations coming out of IBM's research lab, while also getting the chance to hear from the brilliant innovators leading advancements in blockchain, machine learning, IoT, cyber security and more. 

Key Highlights:

  • Think Tanks: Deep dives into specific topics, with opportunity to ask the experts. Formats include roundtable, meet the expert, demos, networking and more.
  • Think Keynotes: Hear from IBM leaders, clients, Business Partners and guests who discuss ways to solve the biggest problems facing your organization and industry.
  • Innovation Talks: Hear from leading disrupters, innovators, trailblazers and visionaries who are transforming their organizations and industries. 
  • Think Academy: Along with keynotes, panel discussions and workshops, this conference also offers labs, certifications and technical deep dives that provide key learnings you can take back and put to work for your organization. 


When: November 17-20, 2018

Where: Singapore

The International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) covers everything from data mining algorithms to software and applications. This is a forum where business leaders present original research and exchange experiences, ideas and strategies. By promoting innovation and new, exciting technologies, ICDM aims to help advance the field of data mining. If your organization is looking for ways to streamline and improve your data mining practices, this is definitely a conference you want to keep on your list.

Key Highlights: Agenda not released yet


Every year, Innovation Enterprise puts on a variety of conferences for business leaders around the world. They have events tailored to CMOs, CFOs, CSOs and CDOs. On top of that, they host international conferences on big data and analytics, digital marketing, business strategy and more. To give you an idea of just how many events they have, we've outlined just a few of the international conferences you can choose from in 2018.

Chief Strategy Officer Summit
When: April 24-25, 2018
Where: San Francisco, CA

Digital Strategy Innovation Summit
When: May 23-24 2018
Where: New York City, NY

Internet of Things Summit

When: April 19-20, 2018
Where: San Francisco, CA

Chief Innovation Officer Summit
When: May 23-24, 2018
Where: San Francisco, CA

Content Strategy Innovation Summit
When: September 11-12, 2018
Where: San Francisco, CA

Product Innovation Summit
When: September 25-26, 2018
Where: Boston, MA


When: October 15-18, 2018

Where: Scottsdale, AZ

Every year, more than 1,000 market research and intelligence executives come together for The Market Research Event. Attendees have more than 120 research-focused sessions to choose from over the course of the three-day conference. Topics are focused on the future of MR, with expert speakers that include the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Amber Case, Adam Alter and more.

Key Highlights: Agenda not released yet


Do you know of any other conferences or events for business leaders that should be included in this list? Let us know by tweeting @ciradar with the conference name and link!