BriForum 2016 London and Boston Details, plus Call for Papers is open! (Two more weeks to submit!)

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Here we go again! I'm happy to announce that the BriForum 2016 Call for Papers process has been opened, and we are now accepting submissions for both BriForum 2016 London and BriForum 2016 Boston, our 19th and 20th BriForums! Before we get to that, though, we have some details of the shows to share. The BriForum website is in the process of being updated, so for the time being this is all the information we have to share. In the next few weeks, though, you should see more information on BriForum.com. (Update Feb 5: The BriForum website is now live.)

BriForum 2016 London will be held 19-20 May at etc.venues St Paul's location. This is our fourth year at this location, and we love it for its layout, modern feel, and location within the city.

Our US show is returning to Boston, to the same place we had BriForum in 2014. This year, BriForum 2016 Boston will be held at the Seaport Boston Hotel July 26-28. Seaport Boston might be my favorite venue. It's even accessible via water taxi from the airport!

More details will be available on BriForum.com in the coming weeks, but you can see last year's lists of sessions (London and Denver) to get an idea of exactly what BriForum is all about. Each year, it continues to be the conference to attend for unique, expert-level sessions from independent experts from around the world.

Why don't we have session information for 2016 yet? Easy...we don't have any sessions yet! That's where you come in. Each year we ask you to submit sessions for the show, and last year we got a record 190 submissions! It's a good problem to have, and the more sessions we have, the better we can make BriForum. This year is no different, so let the Call for Papers process begin!

Call for Papers

If you're new to the process, here's how it works: You fill out a survey with all the information we might need about your sessions. This includes your contact information, session title, 3-5 takeaways from your session (things attendees will be able to show their boss), and a concise (but detailed) abstract. You'll also be asked to indicate what level of experience an attendee should have. If you think you can give two sessions, one entry level and one expert, let us know in the Notes section (or submit two sessions…that would be best). Typical sessions are 75 minutes long, so shoot for that.

We know there are many great topics out there that can’t sustain a full 75-minute session, and we also know that we'll want to accept more sessions than we have room to accommodate. For those reasons, we have Lightning Rounds. Lightning Rounds are 15-minute mini sessions that we use to start conversations about fringe topics or to give quick rundowns of a topic. Sometimes speakers have used them as a primer for another full-length session later in the show. If your session could be done in 15 minutes, please let us know when filling out the survey. It helps when we make the selections, rather than going back and asking you. Unfortunately, we can't pay for your travel if you're only accepted for Lightning Round session, but we will give you admission to the conference and a seat at the table for the Speaker Dinner.

If we accept your session, we’ll pay for your travel, accommodations, and conference admission to the city where your session is placed, even if it’s for both shows! There is also an exclusive speaker dinner the night before each event, which had proven to be one of my favorite parts of each BriForum. Please note that we will only pay for travel and accommodations for the primary speaker of a full session. While we’d like to pay for co-presenters and Lightning Round speakers, we simply can’t. Co-presenters and Lightning Round speakers are, however, given complimentary conference admission and a seat at the speaker dinner, along with our undying appreciation for participating. If a speaker is both a primary speaker and is also co-presenting or hosting a lightning round, they will be covered, of course.

Sessions

Our focus, as usual, is on the End User Computing space as it relates to Desktop Virtualization and Enterprise Mobility. We want sessions that cover things like

  • VDI
  • RDSH
  • Managing Windows 10
  • Hypervisors
  • Application Management
  • Future of Applications
  • Desktops-as-a-Service
  • Storage
  • Hyper-convergence
  • MDM
  • MAM
  • MIM
  • VMI
  • App Transformation (Refactoring)
  • Identity Management
  • Security
  • Cloud storage
  • ...anything else you think is relevant to the discussion.

In the past, we've had sessions about how future storage technologies will change the world and IoT. We want BriForum's content to reflect what's on the mind of the community today, so if you think it's important, let us know!

With that said, there are a few rules:

Rule #1: You must submit your own session.

The first thing we do is check to see if the speaker is the same as the person that submitted. You will be disqualified immediately if you have your PR firm send in your session for you.

Rule #2: Speakers employed by a vendor in the EUC space can speak, but not about their own products.

We're pretty strict on this one. For example, David Stafford is a BriForum alumni that works for Dropbox, but he's not allowed to submit a presentation that covers Dropbox for Business. He is, however, allowed to speak about cloud security or the process that companies have to go through on-premises to move their data to the cloud. Brian, Jack, and I decide whether or not something crosses the line, so if you think your idea could be erroneously disqualified under this rule, make sure you let us know in the notes. If you're a vendor that wants to have a session talking about your products, we have separate, sponsored sessions for that. You can learn more about sponsored sessions on BriForum.com or by contacting your TechTarget representative.

Rule #3: Your title should be concise, and your abstract should be interesting.

Our selection process focuses on the title and abstract before we ever look at speaker names. Even Tim Mangan, the only other presenter besides Brian to speak at all 18 BriForums, has to have a title and abstract that we like before we find out it was his session.

Ready to submit?

If you're ready, great! Click on the button below. BriForum Call for Papers is open from now until FRIDAY February 19th, at which point we’ll begin our selections. That process takes some time to work out, so we’ll make the final announcement on February 26th. (If you want to see what that process looks like from an outsider's perspective, check out Kevin Goodman’s article as he watched us go through the final round of selections. It’s the hardest thing we do all year.)

We're so excited to start this process. It's by far the hardest and most fun thing we do all year, and we're as proud as ever of the content at BriForum. Many attendees have become speakers over the years (around 20% of the speakers each year are first-time presenters at BriForum), and we're looking forward to see what sessions 2016 brings!

What follows is a list of topics that we want to cover at BriForum. Feel free to use this as a guide when thinking of ideas, but if there’s something that you’re excited about that isn’t on the list, submit that, too!

Desktop Virtualization

  • VDI / Datacenter-hosted desktops
  • Blade PCs / Blade workstations
  • VDI products, like Citrix XenDesktop, VMware View, Microsoft Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RDVH), Quest, Symantec, etc.
  • Client-based VMs and client hypervisors (both Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH)
  • Citrix XenApp and the Citrix Access Platform
  • Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS)
  • Storage Optimization
  • Smaller SBC vendors, such as Dell (vWorkspace), Ericom, 2X, Jetro Platforms, Propalms, HOBsoft, Leostream, etc.

Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS)

  • Comparison of providers (VMware Desktone, TuCloud, Amazon WorkSpaces, etc.)
  • Internally-hosted DaaS versus cloud-based external DaaS
  • Single application DaaS versus whole desktop solutions

Windows Desktop Application Management

  • App virtualization
  • Microsoft App-V
  • VMware ThinApp,
  • Citrix XenApp Streaming
  • Symantec Workspace Virtualization (formerly Altiris SVS)
  • Smaller vendors, such as InstallFree, Spoon.net, etc.
  • App streaming
  • Apps streamed to local devices
  • Remoting apps to local devices (from datacenters and the cloud)
  • “Traditional” Windows app management and installation versus “new” ways

Consumerization

  • FUIT (ways that newly-empowered users are getting around IT policies)
  • Security
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Federated application management (combining Windows desktop, mobile, and web apps)
  • Identity management
  • Integrating cloud-based and SaaS apps with enterprise apps
  • New “consumerization” features of Windows 8.1

Enterprise Mobility

  • Mobile Application Management (MAM) and mobile applications
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  • Mobile file sync
  • Mobilising existing applications
  • Mobile Information Management (MIM) and alternative techniques for EMM
  • Mobile virtualization and other specialized Android devices (Samsung SAFE, KNOX, etc.)
  • iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry management and deployment
  • Tablet platforms, Windows versus iOS, etc.

Installing and Managing Centralized Applications

  • Operations Management
  • Application Streaming and Virtualization
  • Business Impacts created by Server-based Computing
  • Cloud Computing (as it related to desktops and apps)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Licensing
  • Scalability and High-Availability
  • Security
  • Scripting and Programming

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