The days are getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere and the end of the year is getting closer, so of course what’s on everyone’s mind is…Citrix Synergy 2017!

Not really; I’m sure you’re thinking more about holidays and family time, but we’ve been in planning mode for months on our flagship conference, coming to Orlando May 23–25, and it’s hard not to be completely consumed by all the exciting changes coming up.

The sessions will be live in February, but I wanted you to have a sneak peek at some of the new programs we’ve developed as part of a completely dynamic agenda. We opened registration early to give you the chance to use your 2016 training dollars, so take advantage—you’ll save $700 when you register before December 31.

A glimpse into the workspace of the future
Guiding all of our planning is the shift to cloud and the profound effect it’s having on the enterprise. Citrix is out in front, leading the industry through this digital transformation, and Synergy will showcase our thought leadership and product innovation as we reimagine the future of work.

You’ll hear all about it in our new keynote strategy: Citrix leaders will introduce the workspace of the future in the Vision Keynote, and Product Spotlight Keynotes will offer deep dives into the core technologies shaping it. Exciting Innovation Super Sessions will offer a macro view on technology trends from some of the leading minds in IT.

Conversations with experts and peers

How we turn disruptive change into competitive advantage will be the subject of many conversations. So we’ve created opportunities for smaller, more informal discussions in Synergy Park’s new Learning Zones, featuring Hot Topic Roundtables, Meet the Experts TED Talk–style sessions, and Match.Geek. For more casual networking, there will be CTP and CUGC meetups, the Social Hub to meet your online connections IRL and attendee networking through the Synergy Mobile app. We’re also introducing a Navigators Reception on Monday evening to help first-timers plan their time wisely and get the most from the conference.

Hands-on training

Of course, the heart of Synergy has always been training, and your favorites will still be here. The Instructor-led Learning Labs preconference workshop takes place Sunday and Monday, and Self-paced Learning Labs are available throughout the week. A new, curated breakout program of 45- and 90-minute sessions delivered by subject-matter experts and the Solutions Demo Sandbox offer even more ways to learn, and attendees can earn a free certification in the on-site Certification Center.

Special focus, special event

Synergy will show how Citrix is helping organizations in all industry verticals embrace the digital era securely, enabling staff to work faster and smarter and deliver greater outcomes. The Birds of a Feather program features panel discussions and networking events exclusively for customers in healthcare, education, financial services and government, talking about real-world experiences and lessons learned. NetScaler Connect offers dedicated breakouts and product spotlights featuring industry leaders especially for Networking IT professionals.

Register now for best rates

The End of Year Sale offers the best rates on Synergy, so register now and save $700. For more information about Synergy, visit I hope to see you in Orlando for Citrix Synergy 2017, May 23–25. I’ll update my feed with news as it happens: follow me on Twitter @merisummers