Announcing the 2013 BriForum London and Chicago sessions!

BriForum is our independent Desktop Virtualization and Enterprise Mobility conference, held in both London and Chicago. Registration for London is currently open, and the price to attend the two day show is currently £795 through March 28, after which it will rise to the full price of £895.

BriForum is our independent Desktop Virtualization and Enterprise Mobility conference, held in both London and Chicago. Registration for London is currently open, and the price to attend the two day show is currently £795 through March 28, after which it will rise to the full price of £895. The three-day BriForum Chicago is currently accepting registrations at the Super Early Bird price of $1295 through April 26, after which the price will rise to $1495 until June 14 before ultimately going up to $1595. Hope to see you there!

After more than a week of work, spreadsheets, astonishment, and struggle, we finally have the sessions chosen for both BriForum London and Chicago. The selection process can be frustrating. This year we had 150 sessions submitted, of which we had to choose no more than 70. In reality, that number is more like 55 when you consider all the different topic areas that need covered at both locations. It's the same story every year, though…this is tough work, and while it was hard to no accept many of the sessions that we had to pass on, we believe we've come away with the best possible combination of sessions, experience levels, and speakers that we could have. If you want to read more about the process, check out the article that Kevin Goodman wrote last year after he oversaw a portion of the selection process (and double it, because we did two shows at once this year!).

Thank you to everyone that submitted, even to the public relations representative for a motivational speaker. Apparently they thought that BriForum needed to have someone who could teach us all how to "achieve greatness" through "first-hand experiences with some of the greatest sports legends in the world." Perhaps in another year we could've used that session as a prelude to "Building an Inspirational Storage Array" or "Embracing the End-User Experience by Embracing Your Inner End-User," but it just wasn't in the cards this year. (Can you come up with better titles? :)

Never mind all that anyway…on with the sessions!

BriForum London, 16-17 May (more information)

  • Adnan Hendricks - Smoothing the kinks! a seamless user experience with UE-V
  • Benny Tritsch & Nico Luedemann - An expert guide to delivering seamless remote applications through Citrix and Microsoft technologies
  • Vincent Branger & Pierre Jean - Building a private DaaS solution for 5000 users based on Citrix Excalibur
  • Carl Walker - Automated migration of a user from physical to virtual, including data, using Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • Carl Webster - More things in Active Directory that can hurt your applications and desktop virtualization efforts…and how to fix them
  • Carl Webster - Show and Tell: Webster's adventures into documenting with PowerShell
  • Claudio Rodrigues - What still holds up as a Citrix best practice 12 years after MetaFrame tuning tips was released?
  • Claudio Rodrigues - From zero to RDS 2012 hero: Learn about all the new features 
  • David Stafford - What got us here won't get us there: Today's IT needs to get with the times
  • Jason Conger - Mobile Enterprise Applications: FUIT or ITFTW (IT For The Win)
  • Jason Conger - Customize all the things! How to brand web and Windows UI
  • Jeff Wouters - How to manage your environment with CIM and PowerShell instead of WMI
  • Jeroen van de Kamp & Ruben Spruijt - An insider's guide to virtualization best practices and performance with Windows 8 and Server 2012, including VDI vs. SBC. Virtual Reality Check, 2013 Edition
  • Jim Moyle - How do the new storage improvements in vSphere 5.1 help your desktop virtualization project?
  • Jim Moyle & Aaron Parker - The future of desktop deployment, what's happening with MCS and PVS, plus an alternative
  • Ment van der Plas - Implementing App-V 5: Lessons learned from a production rollout
  • Mike Nelson - A crash course in Hyper-V for VMware administrators
  • Mike Nelson - Clash of the client-side hypervisors: Windows 8 Hyper-V, VMware Workstation, and Parallels Desktop
  • Nicki Wruck - Licensing your Pandora's Box of mobile devices
  • Pierre Marmignon & Shawn Bass - Best Practices in SBC/VDI Environments, Part 2: OS streaming and optimizations
  • Rick Dehlinger - Going Deep: RDP8 & RemoteFX Session Connectivity
  • Ruben Spruijt - VDI Smackdown 2013 Edition
  • Ruben Spruijt & Peter Sterk - The bento box bliss of enterprise mobility: An MDM/MAM Smackdown
  • Tim Mangan, et. al. - What's New in Microsoft App-V
  • Thorsten Rood - Demystifying the Citrix Mobility Stack: What's going on behind the scenes

BriForum Chicago, July 30 - August 1 (more information)

  • Benny Tritsch & Shawn Bass - Are RDP8 and RemoteFX finally suitable for daily use?
  • Vincent Branger & Pierre Jean - Building a private DaaS solution for 5000 users based on Citrix Excalibur
  • Brian Katz & Dan Shappir - The Mobile App Platform Debate: Native vs. HTML5 vs. Hybrid
  • Carl Webster - More things in Active Directory that can hurt your applications and desktop virtualization efforts…and how to fix them
  • Chetan Venkatesh - An objective look at In-memory Storage for VDI and Virtualization: The beginning of the very end of Storage, compute and life as we know it.
  • Claudio Rodrigues - From zero to RDS 2012 hero: Learn about all the new features 
  • Dan Brinkmann - 5 ways to cut the cost of VDI (What vendors aren't telling you)
  • Dan Shappir - Truth, Lies and HTML5: What the present and future of HTML5 hold in store for us
  • David Stafford - What got us here won't get us there: Today's IT needs to get with the times
  • Denis Gundarev - Citrix Internals: Tracing, Debugging and Troubleshooting
  • Ian Parker - The new Xperf: Analyzing difficult problems with Xperf
  • Ian Parker - Performance analysis and monitoring of multiple servers on the cheap
  • Jarian Gibson & Shane Kleinert - Desktop Virtualization Monitoring Bake Off: Comparing monitoring tools for desktop virtualization
  • Jason Conger - Customize all the things!  How to brand Web and Windows UI
  • Jason Conger - Mobile Enterprise Applications: FUIT or ITFTW (IT For The Win)
  • Jeroen van de Kamp - An insider's guide to virtualization best practices and performance with Windows 8 and Server 2012, including VDI vs. SBC. Virtual Reality Check, 2013 Edition
  • Jim Libersky - Real Time Intelligence for Securing a VM Environment
  • Jim Moyle - How do the new storage improvements in vSphere 5.1 help your desktop virtualization project?
  • Jim Moyle - The future of desktop deployment, what's happening with MCS and PVS, plus an alternative
  • Jo Harder - XenApp Printing: Still Painful After All These Years
  • John Whaley - Sandboxing Smackdown: Separating fact from fiction in sandboxing solutions
  • Kevin Kaminski - Application Packaging Smackdown
  • Michael Burke - Hyper-V and System Center: How good can it be? 2013 Edition
  • Michael Thomason - Automation 101: Learning how to automate tasks for horizontal scale
  • Mike Nelson - A crash course in Hyper-V for VMware administrators
  • Mike Nelson - Netscaler monitoring and reporting: Who, What, Where, and When?
  • Nick Rintalan & Dan Allen - Why IOPS suck and everything you know about them is probably wrong!
  • Nick Rintalan & Dan Allen - Why Folder Redirection sucks, but is a necessary evil that Shawn Bass will have to live with!
  • Noah Wasmer - Becoming an IT Hero: Leaping from Desktop Virtualization to Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Pierre Marmignon & Shawn Bass - Best Practices in SBC/VDI Environments, Part 2: OS streaming and optimizations
  • Rainer Enders - De-fence in Depth: How traditional network security applies in today's mobile world, how to secure mobile networks, and what strategies can we use to keep the network and our data secure?
  • Randy Cook - Hijacking Dropbox for fun and profit (Or maybe just for software distribution)
  • Rick Dehlinger - Going Deep: RDP8/RemoteFX session connectivity
  • Shane Kleinert & Jarian Gibson - Ingredients to a successful desktop virtualization bake-off: Results from past bake-offs and how to create your own
  • Shawn Bass - Passwords are dead. Two factor authentication is ready for the masses.
  • Simon Crosby - One ring to rule them all: Why every endpoint will be virtualized
  • Theresa Miller - XenApp 6 Back to Basics
  • Tim Mangan - Debugging in App-V 5
  • Yury Magalif - Tips and tricks on building agentless antivirus scanners for Virtual Desktops.
  • Zach Hughes - Windows tablets in the real world: Myths debunked and lessons learned

Additionally, you can look forward to these 15 minute Lightning Round sessions:

  • Michael Thomason - Development Smackdown - How IT people can speak Developer
  • Srini Gurrapu - Why Application Proxy Network Services is critical to secure and manage all Mobile Apps and BYOD
  • Tim Mangan - What's New in Microsoft App-V
  • Benny Tritsch - Using Windows 8 Hyper-V and Azure to build great demo and test environments

There are a few gaps in there, namely from Brian, Jack, and myself, so stay tuned to the BriForum website for any changes. We're super excited about these sessions, and we think these will make for an excellent BriForum. Remember, if you attend one, you have access to the videos from both, so just because you saw an awesome session in a city you couldn't attend, you'll still be able to watch it as long as you attend the other city!

 

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Sounds more like a WWE event (five Smackdowns)


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