Citrix Synergy 2018 Call for Topics is now closed
Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal for the Call for Topics for Citrix Synergy 2018, taking place in Anaheim, California May 8-10. The Call for Topics submission site is now closed, effective November 10, 2017, and the review process of proposals received is now under way.
If you submitted a proposal, whether or not it is accepted, you will be notified by email no later than February 9, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
Technology topics our attendees want to hear about
- App virtualization and VDI: This topic will cover how to securely deliver Windows, Linux, web and SaaS apps, as well as full virtual desktops to any device so teams can work how they want, from anywhere.
- Enterprise mobility: This category will cover innovations and technologies to support today's increasingly mobile workforce, including mobile app and device management, app stores, mobile security, secure network gateway and bring-your-own-device initiatives.
- File sharing and collaboration: This category will cover flexible file sync and sharing solutions that meet the collaboration needs of mobile users, including hybrid cloud storage options, automated document workflows, information rights management and securing company data on user-owned devices.
- Application delivery and cloud networking: Submissions should target the newest in cloud service delivery for enterprises to use in deploying private, public and hybrid clouds. Topics might include automation, orchestration and management for cloud-based application, desktop, file sharing and mobility management services.
- Security: This category will cover key trends, technologies and solutions for all aspects of security, including access, authentication and authorization to your apps, data and network for employees and third parties as well as business continuity, compliance and risk management.
- Analytics: This category will cover security and behavior analytics that proactively address threats in today’s distributed, multi-device, hybrid-, multi-cloud environment, with topics including software-defined perimeter (SDP) and threat identification and resolution as well as user, entity, network, and content behavior monitoring.
Call for Topics submissions are being reviewed by a diverse committee of experts that includes IT executives from top organizations and independent industry analysts.
First National Bank of Omaha
Matt is a senior engineer in the Employee Technology group at First National Bank of Omaha. He specializes in deploying Citrix solutions to meet the needs of an ever-mobile workforce while maintaining an active security presence. Well versed in all phases from design and planning to implementation and maintenance, Matt focuses on delivering highly secure, resilient and scalable enterprise IT solutions. Currently, he holds Citrix certifications including CCE-V, CCP-N, and CCP-M.
Independent Virtualization Architect, Consultant and Instructor
Alex has been awarded Microsoft MVP and Citrix CTP for more than 10 years, and VMware vExpert for 3 years. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Alex has helped to implement many large virtualization and infrastructure projects. He is a Citrix, VMware and Microsoft instructor and the founder of a worldwide community virtualization conference, “E2EVC,” which has been visited by over 4,000 people in the last 15 years. Alex holds a master of science degree in computer science.
Stephen is program vice president at IDC, responsible for P&L and team management for multiple programs. He advises senior IT, business and investment executives globally in the creation of strategy and operational tactics that drive the execution of digital transformation and business growth. Before his current role, Stephen helped build business for IDC's IT Executive Program, where he advised enterprise IT organizations on DevOps best practices across people, process, and technology strategies and tactics. Prior to IDC, Stephen was vice president of strategy for CA Technologies' Infrastructure Management and Data Center Automation business unit, providing direct strategic and tactical support to customers accelerating their path toward the cloud, software-defined datacenters, and Dev/Ops. He also led product management for CA’s VCE partnership, and was a noted software industry analyst at firms including IDC, Gartner, and Forrester.
Manager, Professional Services
Adam is a seasoned professional with varied experience in the technology industry spanning multiple verticals. He currently leads the professional services team at Sigma Solutions. He is an active member of the end user computing community, sits on the Citrix Partner Technical Expert Council (PTEC), and is a leader of one of the larger Citrix user groups in the United States. He was named Citrix Partner SE of the Year for 2014 and VMware EUC Champion alumni (2016), and is a current Citrix Technology Advocate (CTA).
United Nations Office for Project Services
James is a senior IT professional and technical solutions expert with over 20 years of enterprise experience who has worked for many years with the United Nations on projects involving Microsoft and Citrix technologies. He developed a passion for Citrix technologies in the cloud computing and security space and especially enjoys designing and being involved in complex environments, sharing his knowledge and experience to enable users in challenging location and networking conditions to connect to enterprise applications from wherever they happen to be. He is an active CUGC member and leads the New York Metro Citrix User Group Community. He also served two years as a member of the CUGC steering committee. He has also participated as a SME to develop the CCE-V exam with Citrix.
Workspace Strategy & Architecture
Paul has 19 years of IT experience, with more than 10 years focused on Citrix products in various roles including ops, admin, engineer and architect. He is currently working at TD Bank leading a number of Citrix initiatives for XenApp and XenDesktop. Paul is a leader of the Toronto CUGC group and a Citrix CUGC global steering committee member. He is a flexible work lifestyle advocate and business owner, always looking for ways to disrupt the traditional EUC workspace. He is a huge fan of Citrix products and the flexible work lifestyle they encourage and enable in the traditional enterprise. In his pre-IT life, Paul completed his chef’s apprenticeship.
David is an infrastructure engineer with IFG Companies, and has over 15 years of experience working in the information technology field. He has worked in multiple industries including local government, financial, manufacturing and insurance. David is skilled in PowerShell, Active Directory, VMware, Microsoft operating systems (server and desktop), and his current role focuses on Citrix technologies. David is the leader of The Triad NC CUGC group, a founding member of Citrix Technology Advocate program, and a regular contributor on CitrixIRC.com.
Christopher is an IT architect at Zimmer Biomet, responsible for the global Citrix infrastructure, leveraging Citrix solutions to provide access to applications and desktops for thousands of employees and customers around the globe. He has been in the IT industry for over 20 years working in the healthcare, financial, and manufacturing fields, and has focused for the last 10 years on the design and deployment of Citrix application and desktop virtualization technologies. He currently is the co-leader of the Northern Indiana CUGC. Follow him on Twitter: @schrameyer
Benny is a solution architect, market analyst, community leader, author and founder of DrTritsch.com. He is a subject matter expert in IT virtualization, user workspace management, enterprise mobility and remote end-user experience benchmarking. In his role as a principal consultant and technical evangelist, he works with customers and partners across Europe and North America. Follow him on Twitter: @drtritsch
Sarah is a 20-year systems analyst at Greenberg Traurig. She has managed the Citrix needs of 38 global offices, including remote access, billing, field practice–specific applications, new hire training, new platform training and migration, document services, docket and disaster recovery, as well as random “lifeboat” needs—the unexpected you need to learn to expect! She is currently the founder/leader of the Orlando Citrix User Group Community and a member of the CUGG Steering Committee. Follow her on Twitter: @SarahVogt68
Senior Solutions Architect
Choice Solutions, LLC
Carl is a senior solutions architect at Choice Solutions, specializing in Citrix, Active Directory and technical documentation. He serves the broader Citrix community by writing articles and providing free PowerShell scripts at CarlWebster.com. Carl has a long history in the IT industry spanning from mainframes in 1977 to PCs and application development in 1986 and network engineering in 2001. He has worked with Citrix products since the very first product, MULTIUSER OS/2, launched in 1990.