BriForum 2014 Call for Papers is now open for both London and Boston. Submit your sessions today!

It's that time of year again where we open up the Call for Papers process for BriForum. Just like last year, we're going to collect session submission for both BriForums, which will help us get a list of sessions for both shows posted very quickly.

It’s that time of year again where we open up the Call for Papers process for BriForum. Just like last year, we’re going to collect session submission for both BriForums, which will help us get a list of sessions for both shows posted very quickly. The first show, BriForum London, will be held May 20-21 at the same venue as last year, etc venues St. Paul’s Conference Center at 200 Aldersgate Street. We loved the location’s modern feel and the fact that it’s right next to the Museum of London. For the US, we're moving from Chicago to Boston! We’re very excited about the change of scenery after holding the show in Chicago since 2007 (bonus points if you can name all the venues). BriForum Boston will be held July 21-23 at the Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center.

There are two important things to note for this year’s sessions. The first is that we’re continuing to focus on all of end user computing, which includes desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility management, and consumerization. We’ve done this the past few years, and it’s evident that there is so much overlap in these spaces that we simply can’t ignore it. Within each of these topics, we aim to cover things like VDI, DaaS, storage, MDM, MAM, MIM, security, cloud storage, and FUIT (where the end users are making their own decisions about what IT services to use). There will be a full list of topics at the end of this post.

The other important thing is that for the first time since 2007, we’re expanding BriForum Boston to add an additional room. The additional room will give us the ability to add sessions so that we can accommodate more than just the expert-level sessions BriForum has become know for. The goal is to appeal to a wider audience that is just getting started with any of our topics by helping them pick a direction. Then, as they dig in, they can attend or have access to the deeper, super-technical sessions.

The process is fairly simple. If you want to submit a session, fill out our survey. Call for Papers runs from now until Friday, February 21. After that, Brian, Jack, and I will go through the sessions and make our selections. We’ll announce the speakers on Friday, March 7, at which time someone from TechTarget will reach out to you for more details.

When you submit your session, please 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. 

Still, there are many great topics out there that can’t sustain a full 75-minute session. For that reason, 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. We also use them as a way to accept more sessions than we could otherwise fit. 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. 

For those speakers that are accepted, we’ll pay for your travel, accommodations, and conference admission to the city where you session is placed. If it’s for both shows, you get a trip to both London and Boston! There is also an exclusive speaker dinner the night before the show, which is always a good time. Please note that if your only session is a Lightning Round session, we can’t pay for your travel or accommodations, but we are more than happy to cover your conference admission and speaker dinner.

Ready to go? Follow this link (or click the button below) to get started on your submission, or read on for more information. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to myself or Maria Gomez (

Really want to have your session accepted? Here are two key pieces of advice:

Focus on the abstract

The way we pick the sessions is a time-tested process whereby we hide the presenter names and choose sessions based entirely on the abstract. Each of us does this independently. The more people that like it, the better chance it has to get into the show. This blind approach to session selections means that we have no sure-thing speakers, which explains why we have between ten and twenty percent new presenters each year. This keeps the content and viewpoints as fresh as possible.

People who work for vendors are more than welcome to submit*

This year marks our tenth year of doing BriForum, so we’ve gotten very good at picking out the abstracts that are thinly-veiled vendor pitches. If you want to talk for an hour about your product, we have sponsorships. However, if you want to talk about an industry trend or something you geek out about that isn’t specifically your product, feel free to submit. This happens all the time. For instance, Kevin Goodman couldn’t speak exclusively about FSLogix’s product, but he could present on File System Filter Drivers. David Stafford, who works for VMware, can speak about how IT needs to get with the times by accommodating a new, more empowered user base, but not about the new features of VMware View.

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,, 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


  • 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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