Citrix Technology Program Awardees

Citrix is proud to work with the following CTP program awardees, including the new 2016 members, identified with a (*) following their names.

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Aaron Parker

Country
Australia

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Aaron Parker is a Solution Architect in the Cloud + Collaboration and Applications + Mobility teams at Insentra responsible for pre-sales and technical designs of leading class, enterprise solutions.

Aaron has been in the IT industry for over 20 years and brings a wide range of experience in enterprise level End-user computing solutions, including Server-based computing, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Mobility and PC deployments.

Aaron has experience with primarily Microsoft, Citrix and VMware-based solutions and has assisted many companies to implement these technologies across government, private sector & not-for-profit organizations. His interests lie in continuous improvements to IT to better enable business, by and taking advantage of existing solutions and new technologies and process.

Aaron has spent the majority of his career in the channel working for system integrators in Australia and the UK and has extensive experience in the finance and transport sectors. Prior to working at Insentra, he was the pre-sales lead for the APAC region for Atlantis Computing, a leading software defined storage and hyper-converged vendor.

Alex Cooper

Country
Ireland

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Alex Cooper (aka, Dr. Conti) has the following certifications: Citrix CCIA, Microsoft MCSE NT4 - 2003, MCT, MCITP: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator, VMware VCP 4 & 5. He is a well-recognized persona in the world of Virtualization. He has been awarded Microsoft MVP for Remote Desktop Services since 2006 to present day, as well as the highest level of community recognition by Citrix - the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award, which he also first received back in 2006. There are just 20 people worldwide who are awarded Microsoft MVP for Remote Desktop Services and even less of those who hold both Microsoft MVP and Citrix CTP awards. With over 15 years in IT, Alex has been working on some of the world's biggest virtualization and infrastructure projects with a user base of over 120000 users, including leading European Banks, retail networks, universities and government bodies. As a freelancer, Alex currently advises multiple global organizations across Europe, so that their Virtualization and Infrastructure related projects are a success. He is also a speaker, presenter and "Ask the Expert" at various industry events, including Microsoft TechEd, MS Virtualization Days, Citrix Synergy and Citrix Geek Speak events in both the US and Europe. Alex is founder of a well-known community virtualization conference called E2EVC (formerly PubForum), which has been visited by almost every well-recognized expert in virtualization community and over 1500 people from all over Europe in the last 9 years. In recognition of his expertise, Microsoft made Alex moderator of the official TechNet Remote Desktop Services Forum. He is also (since 2003) one of the Top 15 experts who contributes to the Citrix Support Forums. Alex holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science.

Alexander Ervik Johnsen

Country
Norway

Vertical
Retail, Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Manufacturing, Education

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Alexander Ervik Johnsen is a Blogger, Senior Solution Architect, Technology Evangelist, Author and Speaker, based in Oslo, Norway. Alexander has been working with Microsoft and Citrix products since 1997 as a system administrator, consultant, senior consultant and Product Manager. Currently, Alexander is a Senior System Engineer at Nutanix.

In previous positions, he worked with both small and large scale Citrix and Application Delivery implementations, both in Norway and Europe. Alexander has worked in pre-sales for the both the Citrix VAD Resellers in Norway, last Arrow ECS. Norway and at Nutanix as a Citrix Product Manager. Alexander travels around Norway evangelizing Nutanix, Citrix, Microsoft, Cloud, Virtualization and related products.

Alexander is also a speaker; speaking at Norwegian events such as Citrix User Group Norway, Partner events and Roadshows across Norway. Alexander has also spoken at Citrix Synergy events both in the United States and Europe. Lately, Alexander has been busy writing “HDX For Dummies eBook”, which you can download for free here.

Older activities include The GiDWiM Guide, an in-depth analysis of Application Packaging, Application Streaming and Distribution, created about 8 years ago to assist customers and partners to deploy apps to Citrix platforms in the right way. The guide became obsolete due to the emergence of newer technologies.

Alexander is a speaker at Norwegian and international events like Citrix Synergy, InspirationDay, NIC, Citrix User Groups, and various Arrow ECS and Citrix Partner events in the Nordic region.

Andrew Morgan

Country
Ireland

Vertical
Education, Financial, Public Sector

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Andrew Morgan works as a Senior Solutions Architect with Zinopy, based in Ireland. Andrew has been working in IT for over 10 years, the majority of which he has spent working in server based computing, VDI and private cloud solutions.  Andrew frequently blogs about virtualization technologies and also provides free community based tools, from his blog. Andrew is passionate about application virtualization, desktop delivery and mobility products. For his activities in the End User Computing space, Andrew has also been awarded the RES Software RSVP, VMware vExpert and Nutanix NTC titles.

Andrew Wood

Country
England

Vertical
Education, Healthcare

Technology
Virtualization, Networking

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Andrew Wood is a Principal Architect in the Office of the CTO for Atlantis Computing. Prior to joining Atlantis, he ran his own consultancy practice specializing in desktop virtualization technologies. He was the Presentation Virtualization analyst for The Virtualization Practice. He has been working with Citrix technologies for almost 20 years. As well as presenting at conferences such as E2E, BriForum and Citrix Synergy, blogging and tweeting regularly on desktop virtualization technologies and how bad his football team are. He is a member of the UK Citrix User Group's steering committee, the TechUG, a community consultant at the WhatMatrix and a VMware vExpert.

Anton van Pelt

Country
Netherlands

Industry
Education, Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing, Resources, Higher Education, Utilities

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Anton van Pelt is a Consultant with over 10 years of Citrix experience. Anton's focus is primarily on Enterprise Mobility solutions such as Citrix XenMobile, ShareFile and NetScaler. He has a broad knowledge in complex IT environments. He is active in presenting his technical knowledge throughout the community (Citrix IRC channel, Citrix Support Forums, NetScaler KB and so on) and as a speaker at various international conferences. He is also the co-author of Enterprise Mobility Management Smackdown, PQR and User Environment Management Smackdown, PQR. Anton is a Citrix CTP (Citrix Technology Professional) and RSVP (RES Software Valued Professional).

Barry Schiffer

Country
Netherlands

Industry
Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Barry Schiffer works as an IT Architect for SLTN Inter Access with over 15 years of IT experience. Next to his deep knowledge of Citrix and RES Software products he gained a broad knowledge in the sphere of IT. Barry is responsible for the development and life cycle management of the "Uw Ideale Werkplek/Your Ideal Workplace" concept. This concept currently serves over 15.000 users working for several different customers in Healthcare, finance, retail and local government. This solution is built around the broad Citrix product stack combined with products from vendors like RES Software, SMS Passcode, Imprivata and Lakeside. During the years Barry has developed into a specialist on Microsoft Windows, Desktop and Server virtualization and application delivery with Citrix NetScaler. Barry is an active community contributor. He is one of the co-founders and member of the board of the Dutch Citrix User Group.

Bas van Kaam*

Country
Netherlands

Industry
Finance, Govt, Healthcare, Public, Retail, Security

Technology
Apps, Mobile, Networking

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About 17 years ago Bas van Kaam started his IT career as a helpdesk support technician from where he worked his way up to system engineering, consulting and architecting mostly by self-study, attending seminars, conferences, and webinars, something which he still enjoys. From a technical point of view, he specializes in (partly) designing, building, maintaining, troubleshooting and optimizing Microsoft & SBC / VDI (Citrix) oriented infrastructures for mid-sized and larger companies. Bas is well known within the technology community for his contributions on his own personal website / blog: basvankaam.com where he shares his thoughts and knowledge on an ongoing basis. In June of 2016 he published his first book named: Inside Citrix: The FlexCast Management Architecture, and he is also a frequent presenter / speaker on a national as well as international events and conferences like Citrix Synergy, the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG), CUGtech Norway, the Expert to Expert Virtualization Conference (E2EVC), the Virtual Community NRW (Germany) and the Virtual Expo. He loves the myCUGC community and as such is a (very) frequent forum visitor, contributor and has been appointed as one of the forum moderators. Bas has been recognized as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP class of 2016), a Citrix Subject Matter Expert (SME) for his contributions to the XenDesktop 7.6 exams, an Atlantis Community Expert (ACE) 2016 / 2017 and he is also named a Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) for 2014 / 2015 / 2016. Some of his professional certifications include but are not limited to: CCSP, CCA (X4) CCAA, CCEE, CCIA, CCE-V, MCTS, MCP, MCSA (X3), MCSE (X3), MCITP, VCP, CCNA. Bas is currently employed by TheDetron ICT Group, one the leading SBC and VDI consultancy companies based in the Netherlands, where he fulfills the role of Senior Management Consultant and Citrix Product Lead.

Bernhard Tritsch

Country
Germany

Technology
Apps

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Dr. Benny Tritsch is the Chief Technology Officer with bluecue Consulting in Germany. He is a principal consultant, market analyst, author, and all-around geek specializing in enterprise Windows remoting and virtualization solutions. His areas of expertise include: Remote Desktop Services, remote end user experience, high-end graphics remoting, cloud solutions, hypervisors, enterprise Windows deployment, PowerShell for IT Pros, and user workspace management. Benny speaks around the world at several conferences each year, including Microsoft TechEd, Citrix Synergy, BriForum and E2EVC. He is a founding member of the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award program. He has also been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and MicrosoftRegional Director. If you want to know more about Benny's community activities, check out his website.

Carl Stalhood*

Country
US

Industry
Finance, Healthcare, Security

Technology
Apps, Mobile, Networking, Virtualization

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Carl Stalhood is a Principal Architect at Sirius Computer Solutions, a National Platinum Citrix Partner. Carl has over 18 years of experience designing and deploying Citrix solutions to Enterprises of all sizes. He has all Citrix technical certifications, including CCE-V, as well as many other EUC industry certifications. Carl is a prolific contributor to discussions.citrix.com, answering questions posted by Citrix customers. He also created a website at www.carlstalhood.com that simplifies the Citrix documentation so that anybody can build a best practices-compliant Citrix solution.

Carl Webster

Country
US

Industry
Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing Education

Technology
Apps, Networking

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Carl Webster is a Sr. Solutions Architect at Choice Solutions, LLC specializing in Citrix, Active Directory and technical documentation. He is frequently seen onsite at Citrix HQ helping the Citrix Education team prepare courseware and exams. Carl serves the broader Citrix community by writing articles at CarlWebster.com and he is the most active person in the Citrix Zone on Experts Exchange. Webster has a long history in the IT industry starting with mainframes in 1977, PCs and application development in 1986, and network engineering in 2001. He has worked with Citrix products since the very first product, MULTIUSER OS/2 in 1990. His detailed and thorough approach is often greatly appreciated by Citrix admins in small to medium businesses that benefit from his prescriptive guidance.

Chris Rogers

Country
US

Industry
Public Sector

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Chris has over twenty years of IT industry experience, focusing on virtualization, networking, data centers and Internet architecture. Chris has specific expertise with XenServer and NetScaler. An independent Citrix consultant working for a variety of partners and customers, Chris focuses on architecting solutions for commercial and Federal clients. Experience and flexibility are keys to delivering the right solution and the right value to all of his customers. Co-founding CBR Consulting with other industry experts, Chris is developing an independent Citrix Consultant Mentoring Program to inject new life into a mostly stagnant consultant pool. The focus is to turn out high-quality independent Citrix consultants with the technical and business ability to succeed. Chris has been a CTP since 2009.

Cláudio Rodrigues

Country
Canada

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Cláudio is a Senior Technical Architect/Consultant based in Ottawa, ON, Canada. He has been deploying server-based computing solutions since the OS/2-based, Citrix WinView days. Thanks to his contributions to the Terminal Services community, he was the first person to ever receive the Microsoft MVP award for Terminal Services. He was the CEO of Terminal-Services.NET, the company that originally developed tools such as WTSGateway Pro and WTSPortal, later acquired by 2X Software Ltd and also the CEO of TSFactory, the first company ever to release an ICA/RDP session recorder for Citrix/TS. His main goal was to bring easy to use, reliable and affordable tools to the server-based computing market. Cláudio has also worked all over the world doing terminal services/Citrix deployments and speaking at many different and interesting places. After leaving 2X in February 2006, he is now working on new and exciting products and ideas for the TS community at WTSLabs Inc. In his spare time he manages to do consulting work, conducting on-site trainings, and speaking at several conferences.

Connie Barrera

Country
US

Industry
Education, Healthcare

Technology
Cloud, Mobile

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Connie Barrera is a Chief Information Security Officer in healthcare with over 18 years of experience in the IT industry. Connie has spent considerable time in almost every role within IT including endpoint support and architecture, systems engineering as well as her current role in security. Connie holds the following certifications MCP, MCSE, CCNA, CCM, CCA, CRISC, CISA, CISSP, ISA, PCIP and CCP-M. Connie develops and maintains risk management, security awareness, and compliance programs to effectively deal with the implications of legislated requirements that impact security for the institution. This includes but is not limited to HIPAA, PCI, FDA Part 11 and the Red Flag Rules. In addition, she is nationally recognized on the conference speaking circuit and is active with independent speaking engagements delivering technical sessions and serving on discussion panels at industry leading conferences including InfoSec World, Citrix Synergy, Mobile Security, ITAC and Fraud and Forensics Conference. In 2013, Connie was nominated for the ISE Southeast Executive Awards Q1 and was a finalist in the ISE North America Executive Awards Q4.

Dane Young

Country
US

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Mobile

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Dane Young is a Solutions Architect with Entisys Solutions in Northern California, specializing in the design and deployment of application, desktop and server virtualization technologies from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. Dane organizes and maintains a blog for virtualization and cloud enthusiasts which can be found at itvce.com. Building on his experience in the information technology field, Dane joined Entisys Solutions from ProNet Solutions, an IT consulting firm specializing in the banking industry, where he served as a senior consulting engineer. Prior to that, Dane worked in several internal IT positions including K-12 education and as an apprentice for Bill Alderson of Pine Mountain Group, which was acquired by NetQoS, and later CA. Dane holds Masters of Business Administration and Management Information Systems degrees along with several industry certifications from Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware.

Daniel Wedel

Country
Norway

Industry
Public Sector

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Daniel Wedel is the Senior Consultant and Founder of Wedel IT, a company specializing in Citrix and Microsoft technology. With more than 10 years of experience in the Citrix field, Daniel has extensive knowledge about the products. He is passionate about new technology and uses his expertise to ensure that customer solutions are built to order. In recent years, Daniel has combined consulting and Citrix training for customers across Norway. He was awarded CCI of the year 2010 - Nordic region. Daniel is also a popular speaker at events in Norway, such as VirtualPower and the Norway Citrix User Group.

Douglas A. Brown

Country
US

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Mobile

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Douglas Brown is the Founder and President of DABCC, Inc. Doug has more than 17 years of experience in virtualization, cloud, and server based computing technologies and markets. DABCC is the first and most visited website dedicated to all elements of virtualization and features news and resources.  Prior to DABCC, Doug worked at Citrix Systems, Inc. as a Senior Systems Engineer from 2001 to 2004 where he developed the leading Citrix deployment system, "Methodology in a Box", which has more than a million users. Additionally, his peers and management at Citrix named Doug Systems Engineer of the Year in 2002. From 2005 to 2014, Doug was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft Corporation for his contributions to the industry. He has also been acknowledged with the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and VMware vEXPERT awards for his continued support in the IT community. Doug speaks at leading industry events and has been a prolific author over the past 15 years. Doug is also host of the #1 rated virtualization and cloud podcast show, DABCC Radio and DABCC TV.

Esther Barthel

Country
Netherlands

Industry
Public Sector, Utilities

Technology
Apps, Networking, Mobile

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Esther Barthel has worked in different roles and functions as an IT consultant after she finished her Master’s degree in Computer Science in 1997. She soon discovered that Server-Based Computing combined servers, desktops, and user experience in one solution and specialized in virtualization solutions, like XenDesktop, XenServer, App-V, and NetScaler.

Esther works as a Senior Consultant at PepperByte, designing and implementing Citrix solutions for both small-business and large enterprise infrastructures scaling up to 15,000 users. Ever since she hosted introduction days for technical female student candidates, Esther has shared her passion and knowledge for IT. What started with small internal meetings and a blog to report on the latest technologies has grown into international presentations at Citrix User Groups, events like E2EVC and Citrix Synergy and writing her first book, Citrix XenApp 6.5 Expert Cookbook for Packt publishing.

Esther is a Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization (CCE-V), Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N), Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility (CCP-M) and RES Software Certified Professional (RCP). You can read her blog posts at her website: http://www.virtues.it, follow her on Twitter: @virtues_IT or contact her directly through e-mail: techwriting@virtues.it.

Gabe Knuth

Country
US

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Gabe Knuth, also known as "the other geek" at BrianMadden.com, has been in the application delivery space for over 12 years. He has helped the industry evolve from the one-trick pony of Terminal Services to the broader application and desktop virtualization of today. Having spent most of his IT career as a consultant, Gabe focuses on practical, real-world technology in the industry, essentially boiling off the hype and comparing solutions according to their usefulness in today's corporate environments. Gabe's perspective on BrianMadden.com adds another dimension of independent, relevant, and timely content. Gabe's involvement in BriForum, as the main technical organizer and as a presenter, has greatly influenced its success.

Helge Klein

Country
Germany

Technology
Apps

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Helge Klein is an independent consultant and developer. As a consultant, he has worked in Windows and Citrix projects for various larger German corporations. As a developer, he architected sepago's user profile management product sepagoPROFILE whose successor is now available as Citrix Profile Management. In 2009 Helge received the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) Award, in 2011 he was nominated a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Helge's professional interests are focused on Microsoft server technologies, various Citrix products and programming in several languages. He publishes his knowledge in English in his blog, and he can also be found on Twitter as @HelgeKlein. Helge has delivered sessions on many occasions, for example, at Citrix TechEdge Munich 2009, ice Lingen (2009 and 2011), PubForum (2010 and 2011), Microsoft TechDay Online 2010, Citrix Synergy 2011, and several Geek Speak events. He is the author of SetACL, a powerful open source tool for managing Windows permissions from the command line or from scripts and programs, that has been downloaded more than 500,000 times. SetACL's modern cousin SetACL Studio comes with an intuitive graphical user interface and is available for a small fee. Helge lives in Cologne, Germany.

Jarian Gibson

Country
US

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Mobile

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Jarian Gibson is an independent consultant/solutions architect focused on application/desktop virtualization and enterprise mobility technologies based out of the Kansas City area. With more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry, Jarian has worked on many assessment, design, and implementations projects for application/desktop virtualization solutions. Jarian has and maintains industry certifications from Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware to name a few.  Jarian is an active contributor in the Citrix Support Forums, the Citrix IRC channel, and has his own website.  Jarian has presented at conferences (BriForumCitrix Synergy, and E2E Virtualization Conference), been named Citrix Geek of the Week, recognized by Citrix as one of the top five Citrix engineers in the central region at Citrix Synergy 2011, and contributed to Desktop Virtualization Deployment Insights eBook published by Citrix.

Jason Samuel*

Country
US

Industry
Energy

Technology
Cloud, Mobility, Networking, Virtualization

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Jason Samuel has over 17 years of IT experience and currently holds the position of Solutions Architect & Security Practice Lead specializing in Citrix technologies at a firm based out of Houston, TX.  He has worked for several Fortune 100 companies in his career. His primary focus is on mobility, virtualization, security, networking, and cloud technologies. He uses his extensive background in web architecture and information security with emerging technologies such as enterprise and industrial IoT projects. In his spare time, he enjoys writing how-to articles and evangelizing the technologies he works with on JasonSamuel.com.

Javier Sanchez Alcazar

Country
Spain

Industry
Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking

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Javier is a Barcelona based, Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA), Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA), and CCA XenServer Platinum. Over the past 15 years, Javier has applied his passion for technology and virtualization-based SBC to become a Citrix Architect and creator of the CTXDOM.COM™ Community. Javier (xavisan in the ctxdom.com community) contributes knowledge and experience to help the community solve technical questions; publish articles, installation guides, webcasts, and news. He also helped organize and spoke at the first Geek Speak Local in Madrid. Since 2005, he has been busy with the CMPS4 project which resulted in several Spanish language books on various Citrix solutions. Javier founder a 101 Consulting company. http://www.101-consulting.com recently acquired by CleverTask company.

Jim Moyle

Country
England

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Jim Moyle has been an infrastructure technologist with almost two decades of passionate involvement in the IT industry. Over the last decade he has been a specialist in the Server Based Computing, application and desktop delivery sector. He has worked with many blue chip companies around the UK including being involved in the architecture and delivery of some of the largest Citrix farms in Europe. As the Lead solution Architect for Atlantis Computing in EMEA he is responsible for the design and execution of many world class projects for this Citrix Platinum partner. He also enjoys speaking at various industry events such as BriForum, E2E and Citrix Synergy and you can find him sharing knowledge on his blog, on twitter at @jimmoyle and on the Citrix IRC Channel.

Jo Harder

Country
US

Industry
Financial

Technology
Apps, Cloud

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Jo has been involved with virtualization for over 17 years. After 11 years as a Senior Architect at Citrix, she provided consulting services to various clients for more than a year as part of Claros Systems/nGenx. For the past five years, her role as Cloud Architect at a large hosting provider focused on the financial industry has provided ample opportunity to understand and experience the reality of virtualization.  In addition, Jo is a frequent contributor to Citrix Education materials and Experts Exchange and an Industry Analyst for Virtualization Practice.

Joe Shonk

Country
US

Industry
Manufacturing, Retail, Public Sector, Healthcare, Financial, Education

Technology
Cloud, Networking

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Joe Shonk is a veteran consultant in virtualization and server based computing. By day he works on advanced system deployments and at night can be found roaming the forums and on his blog. Joe has presented at numerous venues and conferences such as BriForum and Citrix's GeekSpeak. In 2008, Joe was awarded Microsoft MVP and he also won the BriForum 2008 GeekOut game show.

Kees Baggerman

Country
Netherlands

Technology
Apps, Cloud

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Kees Baggerman is a senior performance and solution engineer for desktop and application virtualization solutions. Kees is a Citrix Certified Integration Architect, Microsoft Certified IT Professional, RES Certified Professional and RES Certified Trainer and has driven numerous Microsoft and Citrix, and RES infrastructures functional/technical designs, migrations, implementations engagements over the years. Active in the Citrix and virtualization community, Kees has been named RES RSVP for 6 years straight including being named MVP in 2011 and is recognized as a VMware vExpert in 2013 and 2014. He is co-founder and member of the Board of the Dutch Citrix User Group and maintains a widely read blog in addition to blogging on the ITVCE Community site.

Mike Nelson

Country
US

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Mike's IT career spans over 25 years, involving a vast array of technologies. His roles in corporate management and engineering to industry consulting provide him with a wide range of hands-on experience and solutions. Mike has a strong passion for virtualization, both from a technical and visionary point of view. For the last decade or so, his focus has been on the SBC and Cloud areas, with major projects in VDI, multi-tenant SaaS, DaaS, and virtual consolidations. He is a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and has served as an expert advisor for the Citrix Education team on NetScaler and XenDesktop technology. He is also been awarded the distinction of a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Azure Advisor, VMware vExpert, and VMware User Group (VMUG) Leader for his state.

Neil Spellings

Country
England

Industry
Financial, Manufacturing

Technology
Apps, Networking

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Neil is a UK-based independent consultant and strong advocate of server-based computing having worked with Citrix products since the early days of Winframe and Metaframe. Neil is certified to CCEE and CCIA level and is a recognized SME by Citrix having contributed to the XenApp 6, 6.5 CCA, CCAA and CCEE exams, and XenDesktop 7 Design exam. Neil is an active member of the Citrix community in the UK running several websites and is on the steering group of the UK Citrix user group. He's also a RES Software Valued Professional (RSVP). Neil is a STEM Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and runs a CodeClub in a local primary school with the ambition to inspire and encourage children to take up a career in ICT and learn how to code. Neil can be found sharing his thoughts on twitter @neilspellings or via his blog.

Nico Luedemann

Country
Germany

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Mobile

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Nico Luedemann has been working in IT since 1994, and since 2013 has been the CEO at Bluecue Consulting GmbH & Co. KG (formerly the Systems & Services business unit at Acocon GmbH). His main activities include corporate consulting, lecturing and public speaking on infrastructure solutions, network technology and systems management with particular focus on centralization and virtualization of IT systems. He is also the author of a number of books (in German – "Citrix Presentation Server 4 - The Ultimate Guide", "Microsoft SoftGrid 4" , "Citrix Presentation Server 4.5", "Citrix XenApp 5", "Citrix XenApp 6 and XenDesktop 5") and has written a number of articles in specialist magazines. Nico is a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for App-V.

Paul Stansel

Country
US

Industry
Financial

Technology
Apps, Cloud

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Paul Stansel is a 17-year veteran of virtualization technologies who has installed every version of Citrix server virtualization since WinFrame. He has designed, implemented, and supported Citrix environments for multiple Fortune 100 companies primarily in the Insurance and Pharmaceutical verticals. Paul is currently an Enterprise Infrastructure Architect specializing in Virtualization and Cloud Technologies for Travelers and was previously the Lead Virtualization Architect for Aetna where he built from the ground up Aetna's 44,000 seat global XenApp and XenDesktop environment spanning 5 datacenters across the globe. Over the years, Paul has been an author and editor for several books on Citrix and Microsoft technologies as well as a featured writer for several popular websites. He has been a speaker at Citrix Synergy and PremierCIO and in his spare time blogs at citrixtips.com and on twitter @pstansel. Paul holds multiple Citrix certifications including CCIA and CCE-V and was one of the original CCEAs.

Remko Weijnen

Country
Netherlands

Technology
Apps, Networking

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Remko Weijnen is a Solutions Architect for Atlantis Computing with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. In the last 15 years he has become a true specialist in End User Computing, Application and Desktop Delivery. With his developer background Remko has a unique knowledge of windows and application internals that he uses to get applications to work well in virtual environments without sacrificing security. Remko shares this unique knowledge thru his well-known blog, presentations at community events such as E2E (previously PubForum), the Dutch Citrix User Group and international Citrix User Groups. On his website, Remko publishes a lot of VDI/SBC and virtualization related freeware, tools and scripts that assist consultants and administrators. Remko is also co-founder and steering group member of the Dutch Citrix User Group.

Ruben Spruijt

Country
Netherlands

Industry
Manufacturing, Retail, Public Sector, Healthcare, Financial, Education

Technology
Apps, Mobile

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Ruben Spruijt is CTO at Atlantis Computing, responsible for driving vision, technology evangelism and thought leadership with Atlantis customers, partners and communities. Ruben is a well-regarded author, speaker, geek, market analyst, and all-around technologist. An established industry leader and luminary, he is one of only a few individuals in the world to hold three prestigious virtualization awards: Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), NVIDIA GRID Community Advisor (NGCA) and VMware vExpert. Ruben has presented more than 150 sessions at national and international events such as BriForum, Citrix iForum Japan, Citrix Synergy, Gartner Catalyst, Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft TechEd, NVIDIA GTC, and VMworld. Ruben co-founded several independent industry analysis bodies including ProjectVRC.team, Team Remote Graphics Experts (TeamRGE), AppVirtGURU, WhatMatrix. He has created and co-authored multiple disruptive ‘Smackdown’ research whitepapers. To contact Ruben directly send an email to ruben@rspruijt.com or follow Ruben on Twitter: @rspruijt.

Sacha Thomet

Country
Switzerland

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Sacha Thomet is working as a System Engineer for virtualization specialized in Citrix at Swiss Mobiliar an insurance company in Switzerland. He has more than 10 years of experience with Citrix technology, especially on the products XenApp, XenDesktop and Citrix Provisioning Services and in combination with PowerShell Scripts. He formerly worked for a service provider for customers in transportation, healthcare, financial and petrochemical. Since he's no longer working for a service provider he loves to share his knowledge and scripts on his blogs: blog.appcloud.ch / sachathomet.ch. Sacha presented his Citrix Provisioning Health Check Script at the Citrix Synergy 2015 GeekSpeak Tonight event and won the GeekOvation Award. 

Sam Jacobs

Country
US

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Sam Jacobs is the Director of Technology Development at IPM, the longest standing Citrix Platinum Partner on the East Coast. With more than 25 years of IT consulting, Sam is a Citrix StoreFront, Web Interface and NetScaler customization and integration expert, and holds Microsoft MCSD, Citrix CCP-M, and CCP-N certifications. He has presented advanced Web Interface and NetScaler customization sessions at BriForum and has led breakout sessions at Citrix Synergy 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 on StoreFront and NetScaler. He is one of the top 4 Citrix Support Forum contributors and has earned industry praise for the tools he has developed to make Web Interface, StoreFront, and NetScaler easier to manage for administrators and more intuitive for end users. Sam became a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) in 2015 and may be reached at sam.jacobs@ipm.com.

Shane Kleinert

Country
US

Industry
Education, Financial, Retail, Manufacturing

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Mobile

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Shane Kleinert is a Solutions Architect with over 14 years of enterprise IT experience. Shane was first introduced to Citrix while working as a strategic consultant and trusted advisor for the Sixth Largest School district in the U.S. He spent Six years working with core Windows infrastructure components, and Desktop Management for 120,000 end points across the district. His most exciting projects at the district were co-developing a self-service migration and provisioning system to aid in the NT to AD migration as well as implementing Citrix XenApp for the business-critical applications across the district. Shane ventured outside of the district and quickly developed a deep passion for the virtualization space, with a heavy focus on Citrix technologies. Through the years, he provided assessment, design, and implementations of application and desktop virtualization projects for many enterprise grade customers. He currently serves as Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions leading virtualization and mobility in the southeast region, covering Citrix, Microsoft, VMware, and hyper-converged technologies. Shane’s core business and technology focus is End-User Computing (EUC). He holds Industry certifications from vendors such as Citrix (CCE-V), Microsoft (MCSE), VMware (VCP) and more.  He is very passionate about the Citrix Community and an active speaker at Industry IT conferences such as BriForum and Citrix Synergy. He also serves as a member of the Citrix Partner Technical Council (PTEC) as well as an administrator/contributor for the Citrix IRC community. Shane contributed to the Desktop Virtualization Deployments Insights eBook published by Citrix. Most recently in 2014 he was awarded the Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) award.

Stephane Thirion

Country
France

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Stephane Thirion is a CTO of Activlan, an IT company dedicated to build and deliver the best architectures and solutions to the customers. Using Citrix product since 10 years, he is a virtualization expert and love to share his knowledge on his blog. Stephane leverage Citrix certification, CCEE, CCIA to lead the way in his own company and is an active actor (SME) to help Citrix Education to develop new exams. Also very active in the online community, he likes to share his knowledge during presentations. Favorite quote:
"Do or do not. There is no try."
- Master Yoda.

Steve Greenberg

Country
US

Industry
Education, Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Steve Greenberg is the founder of Thin Client Computing, a leading technical consulting group based on Scottsdale, AZ. A pioneer in virtualizing Applications, Desktops, Servers and Data Centers since the 90’s, he is widely recognized thought leader in Virtual and Software Defined computing. Known for a focus on providing practical, i.e. “Real World’, solutions he is also a popular conference speaker at leading industry events. Clients include American Express, Cox Communications and Mayo Clinic. Find him on Twitter @stevegreenberg.

Theresa Miller

Country
US

Industry
Financial

Technology
Apps, Cloud

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Theresa Miller is an IT professional that has been working as a technical expert in IT for over 20 years, is a Citrix CTP, has obtained her MBA in IT Management, MCSE and CCA certifications. Her areas of expertise are in the areas of Exchange, Office 365, Active Directory and Citrix XenApp and XenDeskop. She has architected, designed, implemented and led complex projects in all of these areas. She has also done technical writing for Windows IT Pro, Petri and Enow Solutions Blog. Theresa has also been selected to do public speaking for conferences such as BriForum, E2E Virtualization Conference, has led coordinated tech talks at Citrix Synergy and can be found talking tech on the Current Status podcast http://www.petri.com/current-status. Theresa also has her own blog for sharing technical thoughts at http://24x7itconnection.com/, and you can find her on twitter @24x7itconnect.

Thomas Koetzing

Country
Germany

Technology
Apps, Networking, Mobile

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Thomas has been working with Citrix products since 1998 as a system administrator, consultant, and freelancer. Since March 2006 he has been an independent freelancer for Server Based Computing and virtualization. In previous jobs he was responsible for the worldwide Exchange system, central Backup, and data center virtualization. Even though Thomas works in the IT industry, he has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. In 2003, Thomas started posting in the official Citrix support forums with the alias ìCITRIX4GEî and very quickly became one of the top posters. Later on launched the website as a response to forum requests and moved to ThomasKoetzing.de in the February 2006. His website is famous for Citrix Terminal Server FAQ and Web Interface customizations. Citrix invited Thomas to speak at the Citrix Support & Engineering Institute of Technology (CSEIT) in October 2004. He also presented at BriForum 2005-2006, PubForum 2005, SBC Solution Forum 2005 and at the Citrix User Group Norway 2006. Thomas has also written several articles posted on BrianMadden.com as well on his own new domain ThomasKoetzing.de. In July 2006, Microsoft awarded Thomas a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Terminal Server and in the same month Thomas was also awarded the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP).

Thomas Krampe

Country
Germany

Industry
Education, Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing, Resources, Higher Education, Utilities

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Thomas has worked in the IT industry for more than 15 years, with the biggest technology consulting companies in the world. Since April 2008, he has worked at visionapp, taking on the role as Head of GRID computing for a large German bank with daily operation of more than 2.200 HP C-Class Blades within a GRID System. He created the well-known German XenMaster Web site to share his knowledge with the worldwide community. In addition to his daily job, he currently writes the first German XenServer book which should be available in 2010. Thomas has been a XenServer CTP since October 2009.

Thomas Poppelgaard

Country
Denmark

Industry
Education, Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing

Technology
Apps, Cloud

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Thomas Poppelgaard was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in 2015 and 2016, Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award in 2013 and the RES Software Valuable Professional award since 2013. Thomas has 19 years of IT experience and currently works as a Technology Evangelist / Independent Consultant at his own company, Poppelgaard.com. He works with Advisory, Business development, IT-strategy, Pre-sales, Architectural designing, Planning, Implementation and Troubleshooting solutions within Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, NVIDIA/AMD/INTEL environments. He is also highly involved in Proof of Concepts to help prove why business should adapt new technologies.

Thomas has in-depth knowledge of HDX 3D Pro since 2008. In 2011, he was one of the organizers for a successful event where vendors including Citrix, HP, Autodesk, and Nvidia gathered to demonstrate HDX 3D Pro to a wider audience and, in 2013, spoke at NVIDIA GTC and Citrix Synergy 2014 showing Oculus Rift working with VDI. At NVIDIA GTC in 2015, he demonstrated that Office and Internet Browsers are using GPU and he specializes in how CAD/CAE/CAM/entertainment/media applications can be virtualized with Citrix/Vmware/Microsoft (SBC/VDI technologies) with NVIDIA/AMD/INTEL. Helping accelerate business why the GPU is important for virtualization for common applications and for high-end graphical applications.

Design/Advice/implement Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality solutions how these solutions can be combined with remote graphics. (Oculus Rift/HTC Vive/Hololens.) Design/Advice/Implement HPC solutions and how these solutions can be combined with remote graphics. Globally, Thomas is a speaker at conferences, webinars, seminars, and roadshows about remote visualization Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and NVIDIA/AMD/INTEL in the World. Thomas is a speaker at Citrix Synergy, Citrix Summit, BriForum, NVIDIA GTC, E2EVC, Citrix User Group in England, Norway, Finland, Holland and VMUG in Denmark, Doha.

Thorsten Rood

Country
Germany

Industry
Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing

Technology
Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Thorsten is an IT veteran with 2 decades of experience in systems engineering and is an outstanding technologist with passion for bits and bytes in real world challenges. Holding several technical certifications including MCITP, MCSE and CCIA he has implemented large-scale installations for worldwide companies in a variety of industries. Currently he is the principal architect at net.workers corporation, a European consultancy experts group where he is engaged in secure application delivery architecture, high-availability and cloud solutions. In addition, he is the team leader and business owner for application networking solutions including NetScaler, Cloud Bridge and the mobility stack around XenMobile and ShareFile. With access to beta product code and designs, he has finalized a wide range of remarkable success stories and early adopter setups for demanding customers. In addition to speaking at roadshows he has spoken at community events such as BriForum, ICE, Citrix User Groups and more, and is known for level 400+ technical breakout sessions.

Tim Mangan

Country
US

Industry
N/A

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking

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Tim Mangan is an independent developer, consultant, and researcher. His experiences tend to lead him into projects that involve determining how things work (or not). Tim's credits include helping build Softricity, a patent for CPU resource balancing, and a 14 handicap. His company, TMurgent Technologies, is a Citrix Technology Partner with experience helping both Citrix customers and other ISV partners.

Timco Hazelaar

Country
Netherlands

Industry
Education, Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing, Resources, Higher Education, Utilities

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Networking, Mobile

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Timco Hazelaar is an independent End User Computing Architect at www.thipc.com. He has more than 15 years of experience at large scale enterprise customers across Europe designing, building and troubleshooting SBC and VDI infrastructures. He is also member and presenter at the Dutch Citrix User Group. His field of expertise is SBC and VDI infrastructures based on Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile and NetScaler appliances.

Tobias Kreidl, PhD*

Country
US

Industry
Education, Security, Technology

Technology
Apps

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Tobias Kreidl, PhD, spent 15 years as a research astronomer before a career charge that took him to NAU's central IT department. A strong advocate for the use of computers in education, he has helped introduce a number of technologies to students and staff, embracing many open source tools, as well as Citrix and other commercial products. An early advocate of virtual computing, he is a leading poster on the Citrix discussion forum and works with his team with everything from virtual servers and thin clients to software defined storage, GPU technologies, disaster recovery, Web-based services, and anything else that can enhance and secure the educational computing environment.

Tom Gamull*

Country
US

Industry
Education, Government, Healthcare, Retail/Wholesale, Security

Technology
Apps, Cloud, Mobile, Networking, Virtualization

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Tom Gamull. Tom is presently a Solutions Architect based in Atlanta, Georgia at Champion Solutions Group. A presenter at Citrix Synergy 2015, he’s designed and implemented systems for numerous companies, including Ericsson and AutoTrader and has worked on several intriguing projects, such as creating virtual desktops for 24,000 students in the Greater Atlanta Area. Tom is a Citrix Certified Integration Architect for Virtualization (CCIA-V), a Citrix Certified Sales Professional (CCSP), Citrix Certified Expert for Apps & Desktops (CCE-AD) and Virtualization (CCE-V), and a Citrix Certified Professional for Networking (CCP-N) and Mobility (CCP-M). You can find him on LinkedIn or on Twitter, using the intriguing handle @MagicalYak.

Trond Eric Haavarstein

Country
Brazil

Technology
Apps

Twitter

Trond Eirik Håvarstein (aka Eric) is a Norwegian Citrix Consultant living and working from his home office in Brazil. Eric has been working with both Citrix and Microsoft products since 1999. He is known to customers, companies, and individuals around the world for xenappblog.com and xenapptraining.com which shares his real world experience with Citrix & Microsoft products. The blog offers a wide range of helpful tools and resources as well as advice, opinions, and information. Eric operates under the motto "It's all about applications and virtualization", and his website certainly serves to display this. He takes great pride in always striving to both design and implement the very best virtualization solution based on the requests, requirements, and needs of each individual customer. This has certainly helped him in developing a global reputation. Currently he works as a Citrix Chief Consultant with EVRY. Eric is a Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) for Virtualization as well as a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a Citrix Certified Instructor. He is an author, a blogger, and a speaker and has made an outstanding name for himself by sharing his personal experiences as well as for offering practical instruction and advice via his website. He is also a Citrix Community Guest Blogger and has been a speaker at numerous Citrix User Group Norway events as well. When not working and spending time with his family he is putting all his energy into his training programs xenapptraining.com and appv5training.com.

Wilco van Bragt

Country
Netherlands

Industry
Education, Financial, Healthcare, Public Sector, Retail, Manufacturing

Technology
Apps, Networking

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Since 2000, Wilco van Bragt`s primary focus has been the desktop and application delivery market using primarily Microsoft and Citrix technologies. Wilco van Bragt is the founder and author of the VanBragt.Net Virtualization website. On this website Wilco publishes virtualization related product reviews, articles, reviews of freeware products and blogs about several virtualization topics and events. Wilco also writes for other well-known virtualization websites and is member of the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG) Steering board. Wilco also presents/presented on several events like BriForum, E2EVC, NGN, DuCUG and Citrix Synergy After working for a couple of consulting firms as a senior technical consultant and technical project leader Wilco started his own freelance company VanBragt.Net Consultancy in April 2008. Wilco is certified on Citrix (CCIA, CCEE/CCEA, CCA), Microsoft (MCITP, MCTS, MSCE, MSCA) and Prince2 (Foundation). Wilco is also a RSVP (RES Software Valued Professional), Citrix CTP (Citrix Technology Professional) and a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) on RDS.