Over the past few weeks, I have predicted that Citrix iForum 2004 would be a bit of a yawner and that no major announcements would be made. As it turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong! From what I can tell now, this is going to be one of the best iForums ever.
Even though the "official" kickoff keynote speeches don't take place until tomorrow, I've been reading through the materials here and talking to a lot of people. As it turns out, we're in for a treat:
- Citrix will be releasing MetaFrame Presentation Server 4 (MPS4) somewhere in the first half of 2005.
- iForum attendees are being provided with a Technical Preview (Beta) of MPS4.
- MPS4 will include processor workload management technology from Aurema and memory optimization technology from RTO Software
- MPS4 will include re-vamped printing technology. (I'll provide a more in-depth look at this later today.)
- MPS4 will include better patch management and trouble reporting mechanisms.
- Throughout this show, Citrix will talk about how the various products in their Access Suite will be more tightly integrated together.
Regarding the agenda, Citrix has scheduled multiple technical sessions for today, and they have many hands-on labs scheduled for Thursday. In the past people have complained that this event has not been technical enough. It looks like Citrix got that message this year, because this year's event has many more and deeper technical sessions than in the past.
On a side note, I'd also like to point out that there's a ton of cool technology in use at iForum. First of all, the attendee badges are all HID iClass RF Tag cards. Therefore, when entering sessions, all you have to do is place your badge near the reader and it checks you in. Also, they have RF card readers attached to all of the public Internet terminals, so you simply place your badge near the reader to logon.
Finally, there are LCD flat screens everywhere which direct you to various areas, and flat screen are always.
I'll write more about MPS4 and the new printing technology later this afternoon.