It’s easier than ever to design your own conference experience at Citrix Synergy 2015, in Orlando May 12–14. The session catalog just launched with an incredible mix of strategy sessions, new product deep dives and interactive panel discussions along with practical training on architecture, design, deployment and support of mobile workspaces. You’ll have plenty of options for customizing Synergy to suit your interests and your focus.

This year, a number of Citrix customers will be joining analysts, IT vendors, Citrix executives and architects, consultants, product experts and Citrix Technical Professionals to present their perspectives and real-world solutions, giving you the opportunity to evaluate solutions and talk to others who face the same challenges you do. Plus, you’ll have access to experts in the Geek Speak sessions as well as the Meet the Experts Theater who will share best practices and their notes from the field.

Take a look through the catalog or, if you’re already registered for Synergy, start building your schedule now. I’ve shared a baker’s dozen of session highlights below to help you focus your options (some of these were featured in my Guest Speakers blog last week).

Geek Speak Sessions

SYN504:ShareFile Enterprise integration and field tipsSolutions architect Jarian Gibson and Anton van Pelt will share their experiences working with ShareFile Enterprise and discuss how to configure StorageZones and containers, implement disaster recovery and backup (Azure), and integrate ShareFile with Citrix NetScaler and Citrix XenMobile.

SYN513: Working with XenDesktop and HP Moonshot: field experience—What is it like to work with the HP Moonshot System for Citrix XenDesktop in the real world? Presenter Carl Webster has implemented XenDesktop on Moonshot for customers all over the world, working on projects ranging from 900 to 40,000 Moonshot-delivered desktops. He will answer questions, address troubleshooting issues and walk you through you the process.

Industry Sessions

SYN112: How Nationstar Mortgage saved $1.3 million on desktop virtualization by changing their approach to storage and disaster recoveryNationstar Mortgage is experiencing rapid growth with headcount tripling, revenues doubling and number of mortgages serviced increasing to 2.3 million. With a growing 8,000 Citrix XenApp user base, hear how Nationstar cut costs, improved storage performance and implemented a disaster recovery (DR) site—and improved response time by 8X (8.35ms to 1.03ms) with hundreds of IOPS per XenApp session.

SYN249: The Georgia Tech Virtual Lab: trials and tribulations through our eight-year VDI journey—VLab was spearheaded in 2007 by the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech to provide students access to engineering applications using a from anywhere, anytime and any device design approach. Hear about the lessons they learned in building a multi-hypervisor environment to support their Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp farms.

SYN246: Empowering clinicians with easy access to clinical workspaces—Hear how Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health leveraged single sign-on for secure access and authentication, virtual desktop infrastructure, application virtualization and mobile device management. Learn how this pan-Citrix install with key healthcare ISV integrations saved $750,000 a year, is successfully driving significant operational and IT efficiencies, and is enabling secure clinical roaming.

Hot Topics

SYN237: Windows 10 as VDI with XenDesktop Receiver on Windows 10—Microsoft Windows 10 is one of the most-awaited operating system releases in recent times, and Citrix expects adoption to rapidly increase on the different supported end-point devices and as a preferred virtual desktop in Citrix XenDesktop deployment. Learn how Citrix will enable Windows 10 on virtual desktops delivered by Citrix XenDesktop and the Citrix vision for Citrix Receiver on Windows 10 for desktop, tablet and phones.

SYN227: Virtual Mobile Infrastructure: 10 things to know about this emerging technology—Get ready for yet another new enterprise mobility management and virtualization-related technology: Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI). See how VMI addresses issues with mobile app management, BYOD, security, and app development and get an overview of VMI vendors and key technologies, including hosting mobile OSes, VMI remote display protocols, and VMI clients.

SYN315: Application layering for XenApp single Image management—Citrix XenApp is the most-used virtual app delivery solution in existence with over 100 million users. Learn how to use the new application layering solutions that enable administrators to “snap-in” applications on a department basis, making it possible to assign applications or application-specific desktops without dedicated server builds!

New Citrix Products

SYN222: Meet Octoblu: A new IoT platform from Citrix—Learn about the key use cases—including home automation, enterprise automation and industrial IoT applications such as smart cities, construction, telecom, finance and logistics—for the new Citrix Internet of Things platform. Octoblu enables companies to create IoT services with secure real-time exchange of data, with services built on an open communications and management platform that supports a variety of protocols.

SYN325: Introduction to Citrix Melio (formerly Sanbolic)—Get a technical overview of the new Sanbolic platform, a comprehensive software-based solution offering software-defined storage and application availability and scale-out capabilities on any infrastructure (physical, virtual and cloud). Learn the value proposition of software-defined storage, how the platform is being integrated with Citrix products and its core functionality within Citrix WorkspacePod.

SYN310: Choose the right cloud model and accelerate time-to-value with Workspace Cloud— With Citrix Workspace Cloud, you can simplify not only the management of your Citrix environment but also the underlying compute infrastructure that powers it. With launch partners Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, you now have choices about how and where to deploy, with public, private and on-premises options. Learn how to assess technical and economic requirements when choosing between cloud deployment options, and the key indicators that a hybrid architecture may be right for your Citrix environment.

Customer Spotlight

SYN107: Successful mobile device management project with City of Oulu, Finland—The increase of mobile applications and the possibilities they create prompted the city of Oulu to ignite the sourcing and deployment of its MDM project. Learn about the architecture of the solution, and see how the deployment of Citrix mobility technology enabled several key capabilities for the city and its residents.

SYN251: AOL case study: NetScaler for security and scalability— Today’s news reports are riddled with stories about data theft and Internet espionage, and secure content delivery is the new normal. Learn how AOL approaches security and testing and validation procedures, how the company deals with legacy clients and new threats, and how AOL is evaluating the performance implications of enabling Diffie-Hellman ciphers in different crypto-offload models.

Check out the session catalog for even more amazing content—I think you will be blown away by the options at Synergy this year. If you haven’t already done so, register now. I hope to see you in Orlando this May. And, follow me on Twitter @merisummers to stay up-to-date on Synergy content.