MacTech BootCamp III: Austin, TX - April 9, 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: Austin, TX 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.

April 9, 2014
Location
Norris Conference Center, Austin
2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, Texas 78757

Special $179 rate (normally: $319) for hotel rooms at The Westin Austin at The Domain, Atlanta
Less than 10 minutes from the conference center. Use this link while rooms are available.

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.

Need to update or earn your Apple Certification?
The Orchard will have onsite testing at the event venue the day prior, April 8th, 9am-12:30pm.
See Austin Apple Certification Testing.

Don't wait. Space is limited. Register today.


Sessions Chairs


Nathan Toups, rojoroboto

Nathan is a consultant, writer, and podcaster. He honed his professional technology skills after college and now owns and operates rojoroboto, a boutique technology consulting firm in Austin, TX. He is an expert in cloud technology integration in the workplace, specifically with OS X, iOS, Linux, and AWS. He has spoken at SXSW Interactive, CES, and MacTech Conference. He has written a kickstarter funded manifesto on disruptive technology and the cloud and has contributed to MacTech Magazine and Wired.com. He currently hosts the Embracing Disruption Podcast.


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.



Speakers


Allen Hancock, Watchman Monitoring

Allen Hancock received his Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri - Columbia. This background in education keeps him coming back to MacTech. In 2000, Allen started the Mac Consulting Group, Inc: an Apple Specialist and Authorized Training Center based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There, he found his thrill in helping clients make the most of their computing experiences. In 2012, Allen sold the Mac Consulting Group to The Orchard, where he continue to do what he loves most: help make happy customers. Over the course of his career, he met too many people as they suffered a failing hard drive without a current backup. As a means of preventing such loss, Allen founded Watchman Monitoring, Inc. Its namesake product is a Software as a Service tool which allows service providers to address such problems before it’s too late.


Christopher Holmes, The Orchard Solutions

Christopher Holmes is the President & CEO of The Orchard Solutions. He is an Apple Certified Trainer and has served on the ACN Advisory Council for the last two years. Christopher was first Introduced to the world of Apple when he bought a Black MacBook in 2006. Since then this enthusiast turned expert has acquired numerous Apple Certifications. He deeply enjoys drinking coffee.


Jeff Satterwhite, Post Mod Tech

Jeff is the owner of Post Mod Tech which provides Mac IT consulting to businesses in Austin, Texas. Jeff came to Mac consulting through the back door - BA in French/Latin, then worked as a graphic designer/illustrator in Washington DC before becoming a consultant. Jeff is an Apple Certified Systems Administrator, an ACN member and has specialized in Apple servers and systems design since 1989. In recent years he has held training seminars for Apple Store Business Development staff on OS X server. Currently he helps companies deploy Mac and iOS solutions nationally. Jeff concedes that there are other operating systems out there but definitely prefers implementing OS X and iOS solutions.


Mike Dempsey, JMD Consulting

Mike started JMD Consulting over 16 years ago as a small business IT Services firm based in Austin, Texas. He began working on Apple II computers back in 1981 and Macs in March of 1984 and has been supporting Macs for over 25 years. He has worked in retail computer stores and spent 5 years at Apple supporting Apple dealers including a short stint on the Newton support team. Currently his company provides IT services, Scanning solutions, and Filemaker programming, with a decided bias towards supporting Macs, IOS Devices and Web solutions.


CV Rao, TechOne

CV Rao is the president and lead consulting engineer for TechOne Centre. TechOne Centre has been providing professional I.T. services to businesses, corporations and education since 1991. In addition to providing professional I.T. services, TechOne Centre is an Apple Authorized Service Provider and Apple Authorized Training Center. CV is an Apple Certified Systems Administrator and member of Apple Consultants Network. He was also an advisory council member of the ACN.


Gabriel Soto

Gabriel Soto is the IT Director of Celebration Church in Austin Texas with over 8 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 are enjoying the joy of raising their son.


Kyle Van Son

Kyle Van Son is a Senior Trainer for Microsoft who has also been involved in the Apple community since 2010. With a passion for communicating ideas, Kyle loves to discuss technology and to inspire users to make the most out of it.


Nathan Toups, rojoroboto

Nathan is a consultant, writer, and podcaster. He honed his professional technology skills after college and now owns and operates rojoroboto, a boutique technology consulting firm in Austin, TX. He is an expert in cloud technology integration in the workplace, specifically with OS X, iOS, Linux, and AWS. He has spoken at SXSW Interactive, CES, and MacTech Conference. He has written a kickstarter funded manifesto on disruptive technology and the cloud and has contributed to MacTech Magazine and Wired.com. He currently hosts the Embracing Disruption Podcast.



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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