About MacTech Pro Events?

MacTech Pro Events are the next incarnation of MacTech’s successful one-day, single-track, regional hotel-based seminars with a specific focus on the needs of professional Apple IT Pros, techs and consultants. These events are specifically designed for those that support others using Apple technologies ... including small-to-medium sized business, organization support staff, and specialized Apple consultants.

With an all new curriculum built from the ground up, the event benefits both return attendees and those that have never attended a MacTech event. Best yet, this in person event maximizes attendees chance to meet with peers, find critical vendor contacts, and foster the type of collaborative networking that the Apple community is famous for.

Included: Packed schedule. All sessions. Expert speakers. Lunch and breaks. Vendor interaction. More about MacTech Pro…

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City and Event Details

New York


About the Event

Date: July 26, 2017
Time: All Day. See Detailed Schedule.
   Registration at 8:30am
   Sessions start at 9am. Day ends by 6pm.

Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
135-20 39th Ave
Flushing NY 11354

Sessions Chair: Neil Ticktin

Registration Closed. if you register now. (How pricing works.)

Sessions Chairs

Neil Ticktin, MacTech Magazine

Neil 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.


Allen Hancock, Watchman Monitoring

Allen Hancock received his Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri - Columbia. In 2000, Allen started the Mac Consulting Group, Inc: an Apple Specialist, Service Provider, and Authorized Training Center. There, he found his thrill in helping clients make the most of their computing experiences. In 2010 Allen founded Watchman Monitoring to focus on finding problems before they become disasters, filling the gap between full on management and waiting for computers to fail.

Jack-Daniyel Strong, Strong Solutions

Jack is the President of J-D Strong Consulting, Inc. and Strong Solutions. As a member of the Apple Consultants Network, grew from a one-man consultancy into an Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider for the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho area. Most recently, JD joined the team of Watchman Monitoring to help with documentation and support.

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.

Derek Braunschweiger, Call Andy! Macintosh Consulting

Originally a PC advocate, Derek Braunschweiger became a 'switcher' in 2005 while attending Berklee College of Music. After quickly becoming the go-to person amongst students, he was hired by Apple Inc. in 2006 as a Genius Administrator, then transitioning to a Genius position. Using his technical and customer service skills, he led many Genius teams to attain stellar repair and customer satisfaction goals company-wide. He then moved on to the educational market, coordinating and deploying systems as well as advising system configuration for local school systems. He brings his friendly service and funny personality to those in need of assistance.

Neil Ticktin, MacTech Magazine

Neil 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.

James Taylor, Mac-MSP, LLC

James is Chief Operating Officer at BestMacs, managing the day-to-day operations with focus on specific projects, training employees, troubleshooting, etc. He leads consulting projects for clients, and has a proven ability to troubleshoot Apple products using the command line, Terminal and Console. BestMacs has a focus on business-to-business, and does a little bit of everything -- and James brings this breath of knowledge together when troubleshooting products and issues.

Leon Lincoln, VF Corporation

Leon 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, Majestic, Napapijri, Nautica, Reef, The North Face, Timberland, Vans, Wrangler and Dickies. Stationed at Timberlands HQ in Stratham, NH, Leon supports the Macintosh infrastructure environment, operational support and device management leveraging JAMF Pro environment along with global support for the designers. 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.

Ed Marczak, Google

Ed is the Executive Editor of MacTech Magazine, the author of several books, and Worldwide Mac Operations Dude at Google. As MacTech Conference’s Sessions Chair, Ed heads up the sessions, and lab content.

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Sessions and Topics

  • 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.

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National Sponsors

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Event Sponsors

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