MacTech BootCamp II: Dallas, TX - April 17, 2013
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MacTech BootCamp II: Dallas, TX - April 17, 2013

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MacTech BootCamp II Dallas, TX 2013

MacTech BootCamp is a one day event specifically 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 home users (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 following topics: all designed to make BootCamp attendees more successful in supporting these markets. See the individual session descriptions below for a break down of each topic.

MacTech BootCamp is a one day event for those that support the small business market, small office/workgroup clients, or in the case of our DC event, provide services to government or subcontract to systems integrators.

Who Should Attend?

MacTech BootCamp is a single-track, hotel based seminar that is specifically geared to serve the needs of consultants and techs wanting to serve their base better. Those that already support SMB (small to medium business) 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 amount of sessions possible into the time available. Session titles and descriptions below. At MacTech BootCamp, you learn from the experts and get to ask questions from those "in the know." See more details below.

April 17, 2013
Location
Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
4440 W. John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063
972.929.8400

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

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Sessions Chairs


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.


Nathan Toups, rojoroboto

Nathan is a Mac geek with a background in collaborative design. He honed his professional IT skills after college and now owns and operates rojoroboto, llc., a boutique cloud technology consulting firm based in Austin, TX. Nathan is a former Apple Consultants Network member, holds a slew of Apple certifications, and is a Linux nut. He has published in MacTech Magazine and spoken at SXSW Interactive, MacTech BootCamp and MacTech Conference.



Speakers


Allen Hancock, The Orchard Solutions

Allen Hancock received his Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, and relishes the teaching aspect of being an Apple Consultant. In 2000, he started the Mac Consulting Group, Inc: now a full service Apple Specialist and Authorized Training Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Allen finds his thrill in helping his clients make the most of their computing experiences. In an attempt to help streamline checking on the mundane aspects of owning a computer, Allen founded Watchman Monitoring, Inc, a tool for service providers to keep tabs on their clients' computers without the heavy hand of "owning" their computers.


Gabriel Soto, Celebration Church

Gabriel Soto is the IT Director of Celebration Church in Austin Texas with over 7 years experience in Graphic Design, Video Editing, Production and IT. He specializes in Media and Production Technology integration and Video and Graphic Editing workflow. He consults to non-profit organizations such as churches locally and missions in Africa. Gabriel and his wife Jazmin live in Austin, Texas and they are quite busy enjoying the birth of their first son.


Christopher Holmes, The Orchard Solutions

Christopher Holmes is an Apple Certified Trainer first Introduced to the world of Apple when he bought a Black MacBook in 2006. This enthusiast turned expert started consulting in early 2008 and has been discovering solutions for clients ever since. Christopher joined the Apple Consultants Network in 2008 and has the privilege of serving on the ACN Advisory Council for the second year in a row. Christopher joined, then startup, The Orchard as CTO later in 2008. The Orchard is an innovative Apple Specialist, Authorized Service provider and Apple Authorized Training Center with locations in Lafayette and Baton Rouge Louisiana.


Brian Govatos, Microsoft Senior Trainer

Brian Govatos is a Senior Trainer for Microsoft who has also been heavily involved in the Apple community since 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Mac consultant for several small business clients in Las Vegas. With a passion for communicating ideas, Brian loves to discuss technology and to inspire users to make the most out of it.


Nathan Toups, rojoroboto

Nathan is a Mac geek with a background in collaborative design. He honed his professional IT skills after college and now owns and operates rojoroboto, llc., a boutique cloud technology consulting firm based in Austin, TX. Nathan is a former Apple Consultants Network member, holds a slew of Apple certifications, and is a Linux nut. He has published in MacTech Magazine and spoken at SXSW Interactive, MacTech BootCamp and MacTech Conference.


Bryan Harold, The Harold Organization

Bryan is the Founder and CTO of The Harold Organization, LLC, an IT Consultancy formed about 5 years ago. Focus areas include Intellectual Property, IT Vision, Strategy, Implementation, Deployment and Support. Specialize on MacOS, iOS, and OpenOS environments. Apple Certifications include (ACSP 10.8, ACTC 10.8, MTC, ACSP 10.5, ACTC 10.5). Previously the Director of Information Technology for The University of Texas where he built a professional IT operation for the College of Natural Sciences. Member of the executive team, direct report to the Dean, manage, direct, and provide architecture and strategy for IT operations for the College. Prior to UT, Bryan was as a co-founder, and CTO of Virtual Insight, a professional consulting and services Startup. Co-founder, Architect, Developer. Deliver technical architecture and strategy for virtualization consulting - advising clientele on the complexities of technology, infrastructure development, Virtual Office™ solutions. Prior to Virtual Insight Bryan was a Systems Architect for IBM's Advanced Workstation Division, and a principle architect of UNIX93,95 and 98 Industry Standards.


Zack Williams, Artisan Computer

Zack Williams laptop is the one with the command prompt open on it. A computer scientist by training, he's worked with Apple hardware since the 512k and has done Unix sysadmin work on a variety of platforms. He is currently the managing consultant at Artisan Computer which provides technical services of all kinds in the Tucson and Southern Arizona area.



Sessions


Sessions are 30-50 minutes long, with most sessions are about 40 minutes. There are nine sessions in the 2013 curriculum.

Topics

The topics covered will include:

  • Overview of What are the Key Building Blocks for Today's Apple Consultant
  • Mobility and Profiles
  • Local Storage, Network Storage, Backups
  • Networks and Routing
  • The World of Apple IDs
  • DNS
  • Microsoft Office: Feature and Deployment Options
  • Command Line
  • Deployment
  • 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.

Mobility and Profiles

Who owns the data on your mobile device? How do you keep sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands? What do you do when you blur the lines between personal and business needs for a phone? At an increasing rate, clients and staff need help managing mobile devices. They need to keep their data secure, and give users the features and access they want, and they want to do so without compromising. There are a variety of ways to accomplish these goals. Learn about mobility, profiles, and the steps you can take to find the right solution for their needs.

Local Storage, Network Storage, Backups

Data is growing faster and larger than ever before. SSDs, Fusion drives, cloud, and network are just a few buzz words of the day. Do you know the proper use for each? Do you know your options for connecting storage? Do you know how to serve your backup needs properly? Learn about storage area networks vs. network attached storage, backup options and critical knowledge for keeping data safe.

Networks and Routing

Networks: Can't live with them, can't live without them -- they often are plagued with invisible, black box problems, yet need to be working 24/7. Are you trying to design a network that should not be seen nor heard about? Do you have the knowledge to eliminate or identify network issues in tackling a problem? Are you ready for what IPv6 is going to do to every network, everywhere? Learn about network design and troubleshooting from the ground up, and see a great example of what a common small business network should look like.

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.

DNS

There is one technology that is core to how all other technologies today work. It affects email, web, file servers, databases and in short, just about everything. As a core technology, it's often the cause of so many problems -- or as one of our sessions chairs says "It's Always DNS®". In this session, you'll learn not only about the most important parts of today's DNS, but also some of the best examples of how you can use DNS as a tool, debug, and finally, find additional resources and information about domain name services.

Microsoft Office: Feature and Deployment Options

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? Or that Office can be deployed in a variety of ways, and licenses used on more than one computer? Do you know which Office features that help people work the most efficiently? Learn from Microsoft experts how you can not only make the most of Office for yourself, but those that you support.

Command Line

Because the Mac has such an intuitive user interface, many consultants forget about the power of the command line -- which can often accomplish something faster, or more easily. Sometimes, it's the only way to accomplish certain things. Learn about how the command line works, the best way to use man pages, and scripts. Walk away with real examples and useful tips.

Deployment

How do you stop doing the same thing over and over again? How do you help someone get a number of computers ready for use very quickly? Deployment and management of devices, disk images, and packages are often the critical solution. And, yesterday's best practices are quickly being replaced by new methodologies. Learn about deployment options, imaging, packages and the tools you need to be productive and efficient.

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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