BriForum 2015 Call for Papers is now open for both London and Denver. Submit your sessions today!

It's the first week of the year, and that means it's time to open up Call for Papers for BriForum 2015! Just like past years, we're collecting sessions for both BriForums so that we can get the agendas for both shows created quickly.

It’s the first week of the year, and that means it’s time to open up Call for Papers for BriForum 2015! Just like past years, we’re collecting sessions for both BriForums so that we can get the agendas for both shows created quickly. BriForum London will be held 19-20 May at etc venues St. Paul’s Conference Center at 200 Aldersgate Street, and BriForum Denver will be held July 20-22 at The Westin Downtown Denver at 1672 Lawrence Street. If you’re familiar with the process, go ahead and submit you session(s) now, but if not, please read on. This information is very important and makes the process easier on everyone.


BriForum is an independent conference that covers the End User Computing space, which includes Desktop Virtualization and Enterprise Mobility Management as well as user workspace management, storage optimization, security, enterprise file sharing, and DaaS. For many years BriForum has been known for its deep technical content from presenters that are working with the technology every day, and 2015 (our eleventh year!) is no different. We’re continuing our focus on this expert-level information, but we also encourage potential speakers to submit sessions that would appeal to intermediate or beginner audiences so that we can assemble tracks that can bring people up to speed.

The process to submit a session amounts to filling out the survey that we’ve linked to a few times in this post. BriForum Call for Papers is open until February 20th, at which point we’ll begin our selections. That process takes a few weeks to work out, so we’ll make the final announcement on March 6th. (If you want to see what that process looks like from an outsiders 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.)

When you submit your session there are a number of questions that help us place sessions. You’ll be asked which show you’re submitting for (it can be both), if you have any co-presenters, what experience level your session is catered for, and so on. If you think you can give your session for any experience level, please let us know in the notes at the end of the survey. Any flexibility like that increases your chance of acceptance (for instance, if we had two expert-level storage sessions that were awesome, but needed an intermediate one, we could shift one to intermediate and choose both). Typical sessions are 75 minutes long, so aim 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. 

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 endless thanks 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.

If you’re ready to go, great! Follow this link or click the button below to get started. Remember submissions are due by February 20th. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me ( or Kaitlin Herbert ( 


That blue button is just so tantalizing, right? I mean, it’s right there, and you can click on it! If you really want your session to be selected, though, you might want to keep reading. Here are two pieces of advice, as well as a list of potential topic areas:

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 eleventh 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 Dropbox, 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 Dropbox for Business.

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 / HP Moonshot
  • 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
  • Dell Wyse vWorkspace
  • Storage Optimization
  • Smaller SBC vendors such as Ericom, 2X, Jetro Platforms, Thinspace, 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
  • Dealing with technical, regulatory, and mental challenges of DaaS

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 and share
  • Mobilising existing applications
  • Mobile Information Management (MIM)
  • 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)
  • Workspace management (Workspot, Stoneware, etc...)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Licensing
  • Scalability and High-Availability
  • Security
  • Scripting and Programming


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