I’m excited to tell you about one of the new programs at Citrix Synergy 2015, in Orlando May 12–14. Match.Geek connects Synergy attendees with industry experts for 30-minute face-to-face sessions, answering questions in their area of expertise. (Think of it like speed dating, but with a technology focus.) Match.Geek experts will be providing advice tailored to specific IT challenges—sessions aren’t scripted, so it’s more like a personalized, incredibly valuable consulting session.

Thirty minutes might seem like a relatively short time frame for receiving advice, especially for complex challenges, but Match.Geek also will foster new connections between customers and experts that we hope will turn into opportunities for ongoing knowledge sharing.

Attendees will have a chance to choose a match from among featured Synergy and industry speakers, Citrix Product Management and Readiness, Citrix Technology Professionals and Citrix User Group members. We’re really grateful to the experts who have stepped up to participate in the inaugural program—they bring some real starpower to Synergy.

If you’re coming to our flagship event next month—and why wouldn’t you ?—you should definitely check out this program (more on how to sign up at the end of this blog). It could be the most valuable half hour you spend at Synergy!

Take a look at some of the experts who will be hosting Match.Geek sessions:

Ruben Spruijt, Author and Market Analyst
Ruben is a Citrix CTP, Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert. He’ll be talking about community and other topics, including tomorrow’s workspace and datacenter, 3D graphics for virtual desktops and apps, and his “smackdown” white papers on Citrix, Microsoft and VMware VDI solutions.

Natalie Lambert, Senior Director, Workspace Services Marketing, Citrix
Natalie works in product marketing at Citrix, and in her past life was a Forrester Research analyst focused on all areas of end-user computing. She’ll be talking about how mobile workspaces can help you go mobile, things to think about when looking at an end-to-end mobility platform, and Citrix mobility solutions and why they are market leaders.

Jeff Jung, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Jeff is an enterprise architect at Allianz Life Insurance Company, where he develops mobility strategies for employees and customers. He’ll be talking to attendees about how mobility can help financial institutions reduce overhead, accelerate time-to-value for acquisitions and increase productivity as well as emerging security threats.

Brian Madden, Blogger, BrianMadden.com
Brian is a fiercely independent desktop virtualization expert, writer, and speaker. He’ll be available to talk about any of his favorite topics, including why VDI is actually usable today when it has been a nonstarter for so long, when to use RDSH and when to use VDI, and persistent vs. nonpersistent disk images.

Gus Pinto, Senior Director, Realtime App Platform, Citrix
As lead magician for the Citrix Realtime Platform team, late father of Citrix Receiver, inventor, troublemaker and perpetual optimist, Gus will be chatting with attendees about realtime collaboration and mobile app development, the Internet of Things and APIs.

Phillip Arthur, Adventist Health System
Phillip is CTO of the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care organization in the U.S. He’ll speak with attendees about technologies and their relationships and application to healthcare business needs, how mobility helps meet clinician demands, and why a complete approach to mobility helps providers reduce overhead, accelerate time-to-value for practice acquisitions and organization consolidation.

Tim Mangan, TMurgent Technologies
Tim is an independent developer, consultant and researcher. He’ll be talking to attendees about virtual applications in their Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop deployments, including migration from Citrix streaming of App-V 4.x and how to use PVS with App-V.

Michael Kutyna, University of Florida
Michael is a systems admin programmer at the University of Florida in Gainesville, one of the largest universities in the country. He’ll be sharing his experience with delivering secure, anytime access to instructional, collaborative, research and administrative resources, protecting the privacy of students and secure research data, and maintaining compliance and continuity.

The details: Match.Geek sessions will take place from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Event Connection Lounge in Synergy Park on Tuesday, May 12, Wednesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 14. Browse the catalog for a complete list of all experts.

To register for a Match.Geek session:

  1. Log in to your My Synergy Account here
  2. In the top navigation, click on Session Catalog under Sessions
  3. Use the search filter on the right to search for Match.Geek experts by checking off Match.Geek under Session Type
  4. Click on Add to my Agenda to register for a session

In addition to Match.Geek, Synergy will feature other unique sessions including Fireside Chats and Meet the Experts. Check out the session catalog for all the options—and register now, if you haven’t already. I hope to see you in Orlando next month.

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