Andy Espo, Call Andy! Macintosh ConsultingIn 1988, while running a successful event production company, Andy Espo realized his business’ need for a computer system. “At that time, the only choices available were DOS and Mac,” commented Andy, “It was a pretty easy decision!” With experience in professional audio, video, theatrical lighting and scenery, Andy was determined to add the automation of his own business to his technical repertoire. As his company grew, so too did his reputation for knowing Macs. In 1998, Andy transitioned out of event production and into being the full-time, “Mac-Guy”. Today, Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting retains an array of clients in the public relations, retail, legal, marketing, architecture, advertising and design sectors. Andy is a member of the Apple Consultants Network.
Leon Lincoln, VF CorporationLeon Lincoln is a Technical Solutions Engineer at VF Corporation which is an American worldwide apparel and footwear company founded in 1899 and headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina; VF owns brands such as Jansport, Kipling, Lee, Lucy, Majestic, Napapijri, Nautica, Reef, The North Face, Timberland, Vans and Wrangler. Currently stationed at Timberlands HQ in Stratham, NH, Leon supports the Macintosh infrastructure environment, operational support and device management leveraging JAMF Pro environment (formally Casper) for the east coasts brands of VF Corporation along with global support as needed. With over thirty years experience in developing and managing the Mac environment for such companies as the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, New England Journal of Medicine/Mass Medical Society and many different printing companies, Leon has worked as a System Administrator and Desktop Support Engineer over the years and has worked with every Mac OS from Apple since 1984 to Present, and has supported the Windows, Linux and Google Apps environments for the different companies he has worked over the years.
Neil Ticktin, MacTech MagazineNeil not only plays host for all MacTech events, but aids the session chairs for all MacTech events (over 100 events since 2010). Neil has been the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of MacTech Magazine since 1992. With both a technical and business background, Neil has authored hundreds of articles including most of MacTech's well known benchmarking articles on productivity applications, virtualization, and performance products.
- Creating a Storage Strategy: Integrating solutions for Cloud, Local, Network with Access, Archive and Backup in Mind
Today we have a ton of options for storage -- local, network and cloud. What are the best ways to form a strategy that integrates solutions of these technologies for access on the desktop and mobile, as well as archiving and backups in an appropriate, secure way. Today’s combination of products and services can dovetail quite well through off-the-shelf solutions, or scripts to create the ultimate storage strategy.
- Deployment Methods: Files, Configurations and Directory Services
Deployment can happen in so very many ways. Everything from manual configuration to Apple Configurator to mass deployment methodologies. Without everything looking like a nail for the hammer you have, is there a better way for you? For example, did you know that there are easy to use cloud based directory services that not only give you security, but allow you to deploy configurations? Or that there are file based methodologies, which are incredibly bandwidth efficient in deployment? Or that there are cross platform solutions? We’ll cover these and other approaches in this session so that you can best match them to your overall or subset needs.
- Scripting Python: Solo and Playing with the Other Kids
Despite the fact that Python is a “programming language,” its precisely designed for to integrate systems -- in other words, it’s the language that every sysadmin, netadmin, and support professional should have in their arsenal. Python is the multi-tool of scripting languages, and is used in everything from web development to database access to networking and more. Even better, it plays nicely with other tools that you may also be using. Come learn about Python on macOS, and how to use it in some real world examples. Walk away with an understanding of creating a Python script, and where to go next in expanding your Pythonic world.
- Group Discussion: Limited time, limited resources. Best practices to optimize you.
Despite trying, we’ve not created a way to create more time in the day. Whether you are a consultant or a IT Pro, there are common ways that we all use to simply do more, with less. This group discussion will first lay out some of the common ideas talked about, and we’ll spend most of the session in a moderated group discussion to share knowledge and ideas on best practices to make us all more efficient.
- IoT and Home Automation
Hey Siri, Ok Google, Alexa - What are the differences? Which should you use? What can you do today with them? Can you use multiple platforms? And, how do you (the tech) benefit from this? How do you monetize or get cost savings?
- Security. Don’t be the low hanging fruit for a hacker.
Hackers are going to go after the path of least resistance. If your organization, or your client, is “low hanging fruit” you stand a much better chance of a hacker coming after you. What are things that you should be checking for on routers, firewalls, wifi, switches, IoT, email and on macOS itself? See the types of checklists that you should be developing to protect those that you are supporting. After all, they are relying on you to not be the easiest target in view.
- macOS Troubleshooting. Console is your friend.
One of the most underutilized tools in the Apple ecosystem is the Console utility that Apple has shipped since day one of OS X. There’s always so much more than meets the eye when you start to poke around your system with this ultimate watchdog interpreter. How do you use it? What are the log types? How can you interpret the logs? What is the most organized way to find issues on a system? This session will help you to peel back the layers of your friend, the Console.
- The Tools You Should Know
The reason people come to you is not just for your knowledge of how things work, but your knowledge of tools to figure out when things are not. Every tech has their “bag of tricks” and this session is designed to put more in that bag. What are the tools used regularly by the best techs in the business? What are they used for? This session will also include a group discussion where you can share some of your knowledge and favorite tools.