MacTech BootCamp III: Chicago, IL - July 23, 2014
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MacTech BootCamp III: Chicago, IL - July 23, 2014

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All new content for 2014!

Whether you've been to any MacTech event prior, or are new to MacTech events, MacTech BootCamp III will benefit you. All new content. All new curriculum. All new line up. All designed specifically for the Apple tech.

MacTech BootCamp III: Chicago, IL 2014

MacTech BootCamp III is a one day event targeted at the issues facing techs supporting small-to-medium sized businesses, small office, and home office (often referred to as SMB or SOHO markets), as well as consumers. Specifically, it is for anyone providing support services as a consultant or part of an organization. MacTech BootCamp's sessions cover a variety of topics from those in the know about the topics below, all of which are designed to make BootCamp attendees more successful in supporting these markets.

Who Should Attend?

MacTech BootCamp is a one day event for those that support the small business market, small office/workgroup clients, or those supporting others in larger organizations.

MacTech BootCamp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to better serve their base. MacTech BootCamp is perfect for those that already support small-to-medium sized businesses, communities, organizations, provide services to systems integrators or government clients, consumers, or that want to become a consultant supporting these areas.

Packed Schedule.

Using MacTech's proven "running order" approach, we pack in the maximum number of sessions into the time available. Session titles below. At MacTech BootCamp, you learn from the experts and get to ask questions of those "in the know."

See more details below.

July 23, 2014
Location
To Be Determined


Registration at 8:15am (no earlier please).
Sessions begin at 9am.
Day ends by 6pm.

Microsoft Office Accreditation. If you register for this event, you can attend the Microsoft Office accreditation event from 2pm-6pm the day prior at no additional charge. Space is limited.

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Sessions Chairs


Pam Lefkowitz, Core Computing

Pam possesses an enviable list of qualifications and certifications that attest to a lengthy and successful career as an IT professional and highly sought-after consultant. She may be best known for coining (and trademarking) the phrase It's Always DNS®. Originally an inside joke, the phrase now serves as a calling card for the insightful work of a consultant comfortable working at all levels of networking, applications and operating systems to produce exceptional results for a client list that ranges from Enterprise level to Medium and Small Businesses. It may not always be DNS, but Pam will always dig to find out what it is!


Ben Greiner, Forget Computers

Founder and President of Forget Computers (creators of RobotCloud.net) Leveraging his extreme attention to detail, logic fueled rationale, and practices like change management and proactive support, Ben leads Forget Computers as an innovator in the Managed Service Provider market, and hosted tools for Apple device management. The Forget Computers team are highly knowledgable Apple support specialists, focusing exclusively on the Mac and iOS market.


Neil Ticktin, MacTech Magazine

Neil not only emcees the event, but oversees the session chairs and content for each MacTech event. Neil has been the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of MacTech Magazine since 1992. With both a technical and business background, Neil has authored hundreds of articles including most of MacTech's well known benchmarking articles on productivity applications, virtualization, and performance products.



Sessions and Topics


Sessions are 30-50 minutes long, with most sessions at about 40 minutes. There are nine sessions in the 2014 curriculum.

Topics Covered

The topics covered will include:

  • PKI, encryption, certificates and you.
  • The World of Apple IDs.
  • Profiles.
  • WiFi: Best Practices.
  • Deployment.
  • Backups and Storage.
  • Office for Mac: Collaboration Tools.
  • Security: Keeping Them Out.
  • Security: Letting Them In.
  • and more...

Read on for more details.

Keynote:
How Do the Key Building Blocks for Today's Consultant Fit Together

What does today's Apple consultant need to know to be effective in serving everyone from small business to Enterprise, support personnel, or even home users and networks.

PKI, encryption, certificates and you.

Secure encryption of data influences how we all use technology, and the assumptions we make about the privacy of our data both on our devices and when our data leaves our devices in email, in the cloud, when we shop, and in countless other ways that extend further into our private lives with every new technology we adopt. Learn about the technology that underlies our false sense of security, how it works and what you can do as a consultant to manage that security for your clients.

The World of Apple IDs

Apple is continually changing the rules for Apple IDs, iTunes accounts, and more. Learn the latest rules, how devices are treated, migrating to new hardware, dealing with multiple IDs, and iCloud. Find out how iTunes Match works, how Mac App Store differs from iTunes, and the right way for working with deployment and imaging. Learn the restrictions for merging Apple IDs and how to combine them.

Profiles

We work on Apple technology in a privileged time. We have the ability to enroll our Macs and our iOS devices into device management. We have the ability to nearly magically send instructions over the air almost instantly to enrolled devices from a server. We can send special profiles that users cannot remove from applications like Apple Configurator to devices connected over a USB connection. So many management opportunities exist today, one can hardly fit all of the options into a single 40 minute talk, but in this Profiles session, we will do our very best.

WiFi. Best practices.

Wi-Fi has rapidly become the network connection of choice. This choice means the Wi-Fi network must be reliable at all times. Wi-Fi is no longer a “nice to have” - downtime or poor performance is not an option. This session presents factors that affect Wi-Fi performance and how to use them as part of your Wi-Fi design, deployment and troubleshooting.

Deployment

Deployment was once a question of how to get the same software and configuration on a bunch of computers. Today it can mean so much more to you and your customers. Does it mean handing out iPads that are already configured and ready to go? Does it mean building a “perfect” computer and replicating it to dozens, hundreds or thousands of others? Does it mean building a clever array of installers, scripts and preference files to install in sequence to create a lightweight and flexible computer customization system? Today deployment means all of the above, and the well prepared consultant needs to understand them all.

Backups and Storage

Let's face it people don't back up their stuff. The fact is that is probably not your fault. The problem is if you don't find a way to make it your problem eventually someone is going to blame you when they lose their stuff. This session is all about you saving the day. You will learn the tools, the techniques, and the tricks to make sure your customers are backing up their data, and that you can get their data back when disaster strikes.

Office for Mac: Collaboration Tools

You have options for collaboration productivity tools. What are the pros and cons of each? Do you know how to use web apps vs. applications effectively? Microsoft Office is at the core of how people work, yet many people don't know what Office for Mac can do, let alone take advantage of it. Did you know that Office includes collaborative editing features both through the web and the cloud? Learn from Microsoft experts how you can not only make the most of Office for yourself, but those that you support.

Security. Keeping them out.

With the significant increase in cyber threats - particularly in the SMB and mid-market size companies, an understanding of systems security as well as the relevant threat is becoming increasingly essential in the marketplace. With the belief that "OS X is inherently secure," it is our responsibility to ensure that our network and operations are as secure as anticipated. With a selection of core technologies, we can radically decrease the asymmetric threat.

Security. Letting them in.

So you've locked down your business - secured your data and network to eliminate any possible threat. Now the hard part - how do we let in specific users on specific devices to access our data. We must differentiate authorization and authentication to ensure access to specific resources and maintain our data integrity. By identifying the gap between user’s needs and our security requirements, we can ensure the data security while allowing real work to get done.



Sponsors


MacTech selects key vendors to be a part of the event. Sponsors will be speaking and attending the event, and can talk to you about the solutions they offer. It's a unique opportunity to make contacts within these companies and get your questions answered. Interested in sponsoring a MacTech event? See our sponsorship page.

 

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Note: All information is approximate and projected, but it does evolve. All sessions, speakers and descriptions are subject to change at any time without notice.

 
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