Our team spends all year preparing programs for Citrix Synergy and, by spring, we can recite details about the conference in our sleep. But newcomers and even alumni can feel overwhelmed by the incredible number of options for intensive training and networking, and wonder whether they’re making the right choices.
That’s why I’m excited to tell you about something new we’ve created for Synergy 2017, in Orlando May 23–25. Path to Success is a personalized roadmap of day-by-day conference highlights, keynotes and breakout sessions recommended just for you, along with a guide to the demos, one-on-one consultations and activities you won’t want to miss. Custom paths are available for first-time attendees, Synergy alumni, prospective customers, and Networking IT experts, as well as for attendees in healthcare, education, financial services and government.
Having a successful conference experience means something different for everyone, so we developed these custom paths to help you get the most value from your Synergy attendance. Consider your personal path a ready-made agenda, or tailor it even further: Synergy is endlessly customizable by area of interest, IT challenges, professional role and more.
This infographic is a visual map for how the Path to Success works. I’ve also spotlighted some of the path highlights below to give you a sense of what you can expect from your personal path:
First-time Attendee Path to Success
See what Synergy has to offer: the Navigators Reception will introduce you to other newcomers as well as Synergy experts who will show you how to find your way around plus tips on what not to miss. This path also features breakout sessions at different levels of technical complexity that show you how Citrix solutions deliver the workspace of the future, and spotlights our Innovation Super Session speakers, New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell and former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell. View the first-time attendee path
Alumni Path to Success
There’s always something new at Synergy—that’s what keeps our alumni coming back. This year, a new keynote strategy means a deep focus on new solutions and sneak peeks into future innovation in the Technology Keynote. Plus, dynamic workshop-style sessions offer deep learning and one-on-one engagement with CTPs and CUGC members: choose your geek and discuss your challenges in Match.Geek , and Meet the Experts through interactive sessions such as SYN702: Why choose ShareFile over Box, Dropbox, Egnyte, Syncplicity, and other EFSS vendors. View the alumni path
New to Citrix Path to Success
With our integrated portfolio of technology services that enables the secure delivery of apps and data, Citrix can help you do more with your existing infrastructure. There’s no better place to see this end-to-end integration than at Synergy. Watch demos in the Product Pods and visit the Experts Bar in the Citrix Booth Experience, see the future of work in action in the Workspace Experience Center, and engage one-on-one with experts and other Citrix customers to discuss IT challenges from networking to data sharing and mobility. Plus, attend sessions recommended just for you, including how to select the right cloud for your deployment. View the new to Citrix path
Networking Path to Success
At Synergy, networking IT professionals will see how Citrix innovation in networking uniquely positions us to securely deliver applications with real-time visibility and insights into your entire infrastructure. Explore next-gen networking strategies and the hottest networking topics including hybrid cloud app delivery and SD-WAN. Hands-on labs and breakouts offer cutting-edge deep dives: get to know NetScaler CPX in a Meet the Experts session and attend the Hot Topics fireside chat SYN411: Guidelines for NetScaler ADC sizing and capacity planning. View networking path
Healthcare Path to Success
This path features healthcare-focused breakouts and interactive sessions, including SYN402: Migrating to XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x – A best practices guide for healthcare customers, one of our new Hot Topics fireside chats. You’ll also meet industry peers in Hot Topics roundtable discussions, including Tim Riegler, systems engineering manager from Cherry Health and Carl Behrent, senior system engineer from Taranaki District Health Board, and have a chance to see the workspace of the future in action in a clinical setting in the Workspace Experience Center. View the healthcare path
Financial Services Path to Success
Synergy features specialized training and networking designed exclusively for banking experts and leaders. Talk to your peers about their experiences with Citrix solutions and learn how others are transforming the customer experience at the Financial Services Industry Forum, featuring roundtable discussions and a relaxing networking reception. Don’t miss breakout sessions designed just for you, including SYN124: Securing high-value applications in bank IT infrastructure and SYN309: Blueprint for easy, fast and cost effective branch office setup. View the financial services path
Education Path to Success
Learn how to provide digital access for anywhere, anytime learning: Synergy content for education experts includes sessions on transforming learning spaces at the University of Florida and Yale University’s journey to the cloud. You’ll have a chance to meet Tobias Kreidl, team lead and senior programmer from Northern Arizona University, in a Hot Topics roundtable session. Plus, the interactive Education Industry Forum offers presentations on Learning Spaces of the Future followed by roundtable discussions and an informal networking reception. View the education path
Government Path to Success
Learn how to meet your challenges for secure government IT and a mobile workforce with this custom agenda: meet peers for high-level discussions in the Government Industry Forum and Networking Reception. In breakout sessions, learn about identity and security best practices and dive in to SYN329: FedRAMP – Security and compliance in a cloud world. The path also recommends an interactive Meet the Experts session that will show you how to protect against hackers by understanding how hackers think: SYN712: Analysis of a hack: how to defend and protect with Citrix. View the government path
As always, we value your feedback—and more importantly, use your comments to guide planning for upcoming events. So let us know what you think about the Path to Success! 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 @merisummers