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September 30, 2015

Location:
Greater Denver Area

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Schedule
Registration at 8:30am (no earlier please).
Sessions begin at 9am. Day ends by 6pm.
Detailed Schedule: Accreditation & MacTech Pro

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Sessions Chairs




speakers
Mary Norbury-Glaser, University of Colorado Denver
Mary Norbury-Glaser is Director of IT at the Barbara Davis Center, an affiliate center at the University of Colorado Denver. She has over 20 years experience in cross-platform systems implementation and administration in the education sector.


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Craig Lindsey, GDi
Craig Lindsey is a MacAdmin, systems ninja, and IT Hero. He owns Grand Digital Information and is the full time IT Manager at Steve Spangler Science. A Denver native, he has almost 30 years experience in, on, and around Apple and speaks UNIX, too.


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Neil Ticktin, MacTech Magazine
Neil not only plays host for all MacTech events, but aids the session chairs for all MacTech events (over 60 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.




Speakers




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Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer
Jeff Gamet is the Mac Observer's Managing Editor, and co-host of the Apple Context Machine and The iOS Show podcasts, hosts The Mac Observer Daily Observations podcast, and is a regular guest on The Big Show. He is the author of "The Designer's Guide to Mac OS X" from Peachpit Press, and writes for several design-related publications. Jeff has presented at events such as Macworld Expo, the RSA Conference, and the Mac Computer Expo. In all his spare time, he makes guest appearances on several other podcasts, too. Jeff dreams in HD.


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Weldon Dodd, Rewind Technology
Rewind Tech was formed in late 2008 by Weldon Dodd after he left Apple Inc., where he worked in business sales. Weldon has been an Apple Consultant (off and on) since 1993 and has worked in systems design and architecture for wireless carriers. In the early part of the 2000′s, Weldon was responsible for architecting wireless number portability solutions for some of the largest wireless carriers in the United States and led the team that implemented the first production directory-enabled network for Cisco. A father of five, Weldon now prefers to stay close to home in Denver, CO where he can work with small and medium sized businesses, charter and private schools, and individuals to help them make better use of Apple technologies like the iPhone, iPad, and of course, the Mac.


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Allen Hancock, Watchman Monitoring, Inc.
Allen Hancock received his Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri - Columbia. This background in education keeps him coming back to MacTech. In 2000, Allen started the Mac Consulting Group, Inc: an Apple Specialist and Authorized Training Center based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There, he found his thrill in helping clients make the most of their computing experiences. In 2012, Allen sold the Mac Consulting Group to The Orchard, where he continues to do what he loves most: help make happy customers. Over the course of his career, he met too many people as they suffered a failing hard drive without a current backup. As a means of preventing such loss, Allen founded Watchman Monitoring, Inc. Its namesake product is a Software as a Service tool which allows service providers to address such problems before it’s too late.


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Patrick Gallagher
Patrick has worn a lot of hats throughout his career: business owner, consultant, software developer, software architect, trainer, trainer mentor, curriculum developer, author, and others. Ultimately, his passion for technology goes back to the Apple ][+, but it became a career shortly after his first experience with a NeXTstation while in grad school for something completely unrelated (Industrial and Organizational Psychology). After a few years of custom development work, the urge for something new kicked in and training and then IT consulting became his everyday work. Curriculum development and authorship came along after that. Recent interests include Wi-Fi, technology in education, Arduino, and quadcopters. When not in the home office, he likes to feel the sun on his face and spend time with his family.


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Jack-Daniyel Strong, Strong Solutions
Jack-Daniyel Strong is the President of J-D Strong Consulting, Inc. and Strong Solutions. As a member of the Apple Consultants Network, J-D Strong Consulting grew from a one-man consultancy to Strong Solutions, an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider for the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho area. Strong Solutions' sole focus is on Mac OS and iOS solutions for Small and Medium Business. When Jack isn't coming up with Apple related solutions, he is heavily involved in helping to revitalize the surrounding community, serving as President of the Spokane Neighborhood Business Centers, Past-President of the East Spokane Business Associations, and as a member of the Greater Spokane Small Business Council. And, in his free time he sneaks in some golf and white water rafting.


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Andrew Urbaczewski, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
Andrew is the Chair of the Department of Business Information and Analytics in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He first started teaching networking in 1998 while earning his Ph.D. in Information Systems at Indiana University. He also has been known to play with the food on his dinner plate trying to turn the string beans into network links between the steak and the cloud potatoes. Andrew bought his first Mac in 2002, although first learned to write Applesoft BASIC in 1981 on an Apple IIe. When he's not networking or teaching, Andrew loves the great outdoors of Colorado.


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Michael Linde, Starz Entertainment
After breaking a Quadra 950 at his first job out of college in 1993, Michael has been troubleshooting and repairing Macs. This included time with Apple as a Mac Genius for 4 years, and as an independent consultant in Massachusetts for 2 years. For the last 10 years Michael has been debunking corporate myths about Mac OS and iOS. He has been integrating Macs and iOS devices in the enterprise since 2007. Michael has been a certified Technician (OS & Hardware) since 2004, Technical Coordinator since 2006 and Certified Systems Administrator since 2011. Michael has a passion for racing Cyclocross.


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Will O’Neal, Mid-Atlantic Computer Solutions
Will has been around small business IT for his 25 years in the "real world" career. He's been dealing with Macs for more than 20 years, and he worked for a couple of other small Mac shops before starting Mid-Atlantic Computer Solutions in late 2002. Many of his customers date back to the late 90's as they have followed him from place to place.


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Bobby Toledo, Microsoft
Bobby was first introduced to Apple in 2007 where he worked in Apple retail for 6.5 years. As a market facilitator, Bobby led trainings and in-store development for hundreds of employees in multiple stores. In 2013, Bobby transitioned to a Danish wireless speaker company as the North American Western Regional Sales Manager where he refined his sales and business acumen skills. Now, as a Microsoft Master Trainer, Bobby brings his passion for training and technology to showcase the power of Microsoft products and services.




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Sessions and Topics


  • Deconstructing iCloud Drive: What a Tech Must Know
    iCloud Drive had a rocky start but now has a growing loyal following. It does a great job of keeping your stuff on all of your devices. But how? The problem with "magic" solutions is, when they break you don't know how to fix them. In this session, we fix that by completely pulling apart iCloud Drive and really understanding where files are located, how backups capture the data and what can go wrong and how to fix it if they do. Be one of the only consultants in your market who really understands iCloud Drive.

  • Caching servers, DNS Tricks, and More
    It may be one of the least known benefits of OS X Server, and the one reason everyone should have at least one OS X Server on their network. Anyone who has opened the server app knows that the caching server is a no-brainer to turn on, but if you have tried to enable caching server in anything other than the simplest network, you know that getting caching server to work correctly in those environments is a bit of a headache. Come find out why you should use caching server, and how to implement it in a complicated network infrastructure, on a network with multiple VLANs or where a customer has more than one public IP address, is doing load-balancing, or other common practices. Learn from our experts how to properly set up caching server to cache only the content you want while making it all possible on virtually any network infrastructure. And, see how, once again, DNS plays an important role in your clients' network.

  • Time Machine Deep Dive, and Fitting it Into a Backup Strategy
    Every good consultant and tech knows backups are not about backup, but all about the restore. Time Machine may be an easy way to back things up, but did you know Time Machine has command line tools and special features in OS X Server? How do you know when you've outgrown Time Machine? How can Time Machine fit together with other solutions as part of an overall disaster prevention and recovery strategy? Learn not only about how to take full advantage of this powerful and simple to use backup utility, but also what the pitfalls of Time Machine are, different strategies for organizing your backups, and when third party solutions are more appropriate.

  • VPP, DEP, and Under 13: How New Apple ID Requirements Impact You and Your Clients
    Apple ID's are central to the Apple experience, despite being a sore spot for many. Over the last few years Apple has launched several programs that businesses, institutions and Apple consultants can leverage to deploy devices. It's now clear that it's time for techs who have been using work arounds to move to Apple's programs: sooner rather than later. You as a consultant will learn best practices and insight to coach and mentor your customers through this process. Are your customers may be in violation of Apple end user license agreements? It is critical that System Administrators understand and develop game plans to help clients enroll and take full advantage of Apple's programs: what they are, and who they apply to. In this session you will have a clear action plan to start implementing this for your customers: Apple's recommended processes, and the correct recommendations to your customers. Learn what you need to know to empower you or your customers to manage their iOS deployments using the appropriate programs and processes.

  • Using OS Resources to Diagnose Troubles
    Things break. As someone who supports others, that's basically your bread and butter. Here's how to maximize your efficiency and effectiveness when attempting to diagnose system troubles. Our experts understand troubleshooting. As OS X has evolved, many things have changed even while some of the methodology has stayed the same. Learn what tools to use, and how to use them, when things go horribly wrong and you are the one called in to fix them. In this session, you'll learn about the best ways to use System Console, Activity Monitor, Disk Utility, and the Recovery System -- and what their messages mean to you, and solving the problem at hand.

  • Productivity Tools: Best Practices and Uses of Microsoft Office
    You have options for productivity tools -- Apple, Google and Microsoft. What are the pros and cons of each? Do you know how to use web apps vs. applications effectively? Microsoft Office is at the core of how people work, yet many people don't know what Office for Mac, Office for iOS and Office 365 can do, let alone take advantage of it. Learn from Microsoft experts how you cannot only make the most of Office for yourself, but what you should know for those that you support.

  • Security, Viruses and Malware. It's real. It's now. You need to take it seriously.
    For many years, Apple users were safe because attacks, viruses, and malware on the Mac and iOS simply didn't exist. There were good reasons for this, some historical, some in the system, and some based on the size of the base. We've all known that this would ultimately come to an end -- and we're now at that point. These threats are real, and they are taking place now. You need to take them seriously for both your own configurations, and for those you support. Don't be in the position of your client saying "you should have been watching out for us." In this session, you'll learn about virus and malware protection, network security, password management and monitoring. And, we'll help you to understand what to do if an attack is successful.

  • Managing Your Clients To Increase Productivity and to Optimize Revenue
    Your productivity and organizational skills as a tech are as important as anything else to your effectiveness -- but it can also be the key to greater profits, revenues and responsibilities. In this session, we'll help you understand from a business/organization point of view, how to generate more revenue or provide more services, how to provide security, email reliability and spam filtering services easily, how to profit from your recommendations, and where extending life of hardware through upgrades makes sense. You'll also learn about the best ways to keep job notes, track passwords and serials, document networks and security. And, you'll learn the easiest ways to communicate to your clients and those that you support en masse, in a way that makes your life easier, not harder -- while providing better and more services. Finally, you'll learn about some of the best ways to bill clients, and track payments so that you can focus on being a tech.

  • The Professional Apple Tech's Toolbox
    As a tech, you need to not only understand how to use and support applications your user uses, but you need your own toolbox of applications, utilities, and even hardware in your "bag of tricks." This session will go over the utilities that are used regularly by some of the best techs in the business. You'll not only find out about tools that you didn't know about, but what they are for and how to use them. This session will also include a group discussion where you can share some of your knowledge and favorite tools.



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Note: All information is approximate and projected, but it does evolve. All sessions, speakers and descriptions are subject to change at any time without notice.