Citrix Synergy 2017 is just around the corner! As an attendee who works in a bank, insurance company, or investment company, how can you get the most relevant experience from an event that is chock-full of many different networking and learning activities?

Introducing the Path to Success, a list of activities we have assembled to help you make the most of five full days May 21 to 25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Sunday, May 21 & Monday, May 22

Optional Instructor-led Learning Labs are available for pre-conference learning on Sunday and Monday and include up to three labs. Join the Navigators Reception on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. for networking and guidance on discovering the best of Synergy.

Tuesday, May 23

Start the conference at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast, then head on over to the Vision Keynote at 9 a.m. where Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov will share the Citrix vision, strategy, and vision of the future of work.

The Solutions Expo opens at 10:30 a.m. — immediately following the Vision Keynote — and will remain open until 2 p.m. Meet best-selling author and futurist Jacob Morgan from 11 a.m. to noon. He will be autographing copies of his latest book, The Employee Experience Advantage. Meanwhile, enjoy lunch or explore the Citrix Booth Experience that includes technology demos at the product pods. Visit the Experts Bar; see how Citrix runs Citrix in the Operations Center; and check out the future of work in the walkthrough Workspace Experience Center.

Head to the Technology Keynote from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. to hear about new and exciting demos, solution roadmaps and sneak peeks into innovations, led by Citrix senior vice president of product PJ Hough.

Afterwards, join the breakout session on setting up branch offices.

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. SYN309 Blueprint for easy, fast and cost-effective branch office setup Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, Level IV, W414D

Afterwards, visit Synergy Park’s various stops including the Social Hub, Community Hub, relaxing lounge, Game Zone, and The Citrix Shop. Learn more about joining or leading a financial services CUGC special interest group at the Community Hub. You can also visit Simply Serve at the Citrix booth to learn how Citrix contributes to the society, or partake in a volunteer activity right there.

Finally, don’t end the day without enjoying the Welcome Reception in the Solutions Expo starting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24

Breakout and interactive sessions run from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and then again from 2:45 to 5:45 p.m. today. If there are too many sessions you want to attend and can’t work out the schedule conflict, don’t worry. They will be available on-demand after the conference on Synergy TV. Here are some sessions you might be interested in, after breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Please check the session catalog on the day of – schedules may change:

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. SYN124 Securing high-value applications in bank IT infrastructure Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, Level IV, W414D
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. SYN108 Customer story: I bet on the cloud … and won Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, Level IV, W414B
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. SYN313 Identity, security, availability: best practices with Citrix Cloud Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, Level IV, W415BC
3 – 3:30 p.m. SYN705 Build an agile branch network with NetScaler SD-WAN Meet the Experts at the Synergy Park
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. SYN109 Citrix Cloud customer panel Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse, Level III, W314B

Take a break between your sessions to attend the Innovation Super Session featuring Malcolm Gladwell, a New York Times bestselling author and National Magazine Award winner, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 25

After breakfast, start the day with a Innovation Super Session featuring Gen. Colin Powell from 9 to 10 a.m. Hear from the former U.S. Secretary of State and two-time Presidential Medal of Freedom winner.

Breakout and interactive sessions start at 10:30 a.m. though 5:30 p.m. Here are some recommendations that you may be interested.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Interactive Session: Hot Topics Roundtable for Finance, featuring CTP Jonathan Pitre Hot Topics Roundtable at the Synergy Park
3 – 3:30 p.m. Interactive Session: Match.Geek. Choose your match from among CUGC members or CTPs for a 30-minute face-to-face session to discuss specific IT challenges. Event Connection Lounge at the Synergy Park

Don’t miss the Financial Services Industry Forum and Networking Reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Moderated by CTP Ruben Spruijt, the forum will discuss how cloud is key to achieving digital transformation for banking, insurance and investment industries, followed by roundtable discussions on deep-dive cloud topics chaired by CTPs, customers and Citrix experts. A networking reception, sponsored by HPE and Intel, will follow.

And finally, cap your five days at Synergy with the Final Night Party where you can relax, enjoy some food and drinks, and experience a little magic at the Universal CityWalk and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park for the entire evening.

After that, we wish you a pleasant flight home the next day with a treasure trove of information and names that will help you overcome your IT challenges and even advance your career! Stay in touch via the CUGC and any upcoming Citrix activities.

Until the next Synergy in 2018!

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