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About the Event

Date: March 16, 2016
Time: All Day.
Registration at 8:30am
Sessions start at 9am. Day ends by 6pm.
Location: Hotel Kabuki 1625 Post St. San Francisco CA 94115

Sessions Chair: Nick McSpadden

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Sessions Chairs




Nick McSpadden, Milestone at Facebook

Nick McSpadden is on the Client Platform Engineering team at Facebook, where he helps manage and deploy Facebook's fleet of Macs. His primary focus is on automation engineering and developing better management tools to work at large scale. He has previously worked in the education sector, managing and deploying iPads and Macs for private schools. He's also a certified Apple Consultant. Nick is a staunch believer in open sourcing and sharing the work put into Mac management, and aims to keep all of his active work available on GitHub for community use.


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.



Speakers




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.


Scott Neal, acmeFoo

Scott M. Neal has been utilizing and programming Apple products since first getting his hands on an Apple ][+ and later NeXTcube. Scott believes strongly in automation--getting devices to do your work the way you want to, with minimal effort and stress. Often, the real benefits of device automation are underutilized--Scott would prefer that you be empowered with how to automate (meaning script and program) devices YOURSELF to do what YOU want, not just what you may see yourself limited to by default application and service setups. With that goal specifically in mind, Scott co-created acmefoo, the Apple Technology focused training and development co-op, which offers training, courseware, and consulting on a peer level, without being tied to specific device sales or marketing.


Julie Wetherwax, Schools of the Sacred Heart San Francisco

Julie Wetherwax has been working in Educational Technology for nearly ten years. Currently she is the Client Systems Manager at Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco, where she manages their fleet of Macs and iPads. Julie has managed several 1-1 iPad program rollouts for Bay Area schools, and actively advocates for teachers to find innovative ways to incorporate technology in the classroom. Julie is an Oakland native and manages exactly 1,337 iPads.


Brian Best, Mac-MSP, LLC

Brian Best is the founder and chairman at BestMacs, Kansas City's only managed services provider focused on Apple products, now it its 17th year. He also founded Mac-MSP - known for its Gruntwork and BlueSky products - which is now part of LogicNow, the global market leader in the delivery of integrated cloud-based IT Service Management solutions to Managed Service Providers and end user businesses. In his new role, Brian is working to make LogicNow the best in Mac support for Managed Service Providers and end user businesses. Brian is an ACTC, a long-time Apple Consultants Network member, and ACN Advisory Council emeritus. When not working his day job, he enjoys time with his wife and sons, judging BBQ competitions, and watching Chiefs football.


Andrew McDonnell, AsTech Consulting

Andrew McDonnell, Principal Security Consultant with AsTech Consulting, has over ten years of experience in information security and technology. Utilizing a unique composition of skills and expertise, Andrew has worked with numerous enterprise customers to improve application, network, and organizational security practices. Andrew has designed and deployed enterprise vulnerability management programs, embedded robust security practices into software development life cycles (SDLCs), and led the response to critical security incidents. Andrew's work prior to AsTech included tenures with Veracode, Qualys, AppSec Consulting, and the U.S. Department of Energy.


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.


Christian Woodward, Watchman Monitoring

Christian Woodward is a serial co-founder, programmer, security consultant, and compulsive hacker. His passion lies with analyzing systems, tackling complex software and network projects, and troubleshooting obscure issues. Christian currently works closely with Watchman Monitoring to expand their platform, and is the founder and lead analyst at Intuitive, a consulting company in Las Vegas that caters to the unique high security needs of casinos, medical offices, and other information-sensitive industries. Once found singing an ode to his Powerbook, these days Christian can be found cooking, biking, or dreaming of fringe electronic projects.


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Nick McSpadden, Milestone at Facebook

Nick McSpadden is on the Client Platform Engineering team at Facebook, where he helps manage and deploy Facebook's fleet of Macs. His primary focus is on automation engineering and developing better management tools to work at large scale. He has previously worked in the education sector, managing and deploying iPads and Macs for private schools. He's also a certified Apple Consultant. Nick is a staunch believer in open sourcing and sharing the work put into Mac management, and aims to keep all of his active work available on GitHub for community use.


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Sessions and Topics


  • Managing and User-Proofing Security as Malware Threat Grows In today’s environment, users are often convinced to install software that is a security breach we are trying to prevent. Worse yet, they will "do things" that will make us all just cringe. Managing security with the growing threat of malware on both OS X and iOS, as well as managing Virus protection software, have become both more of a challenge, and more important at the same time. What does real protection look like? Does it impact the performance of the computer? What are some of the offerings out there, and how do you choose the right one?

  • Mac Admins Approach to Linux Servers Administration. You use Apple solutions, but are now finding that OS X Server may not be the best solution for many of your needs. You know you need to go to a Linux cloud host for some things. How you do bring up a LAMP server and have it feel more "Mac-like" and avoid becoming a full time Linux sysadmin? And, what the heck do you do about file servers? This session is about options available to deploy reliable server technologies in a way that extends your knowledge instead of having to re-invent yourself.

  • Networking: Discover, Map and Reporting Essentials Networks are not an option -- you depend on them everywhere. Whether it’s troubleshooting, enhancing, or a complete redesign, you need to start with understanding what you have. In so many cases, techs inherit a network and, often, the lack of documentation with it. How do you discover, map and report on your network? We’ll take a look not only at tools like nmap and snmp, but also the command line tools and utilities that come built into OS X. We’ll then look at additional open source tools and commercial products that you may want to consider.

  • Backing up Cloud Servers, and Remote Storage You know that you need to backup your client machines, or at least their data. What about all the data that you have on servers? Cloud storage? What are some of the things that you need to consider when the worst happens: your cloud provider disappears, a Sony hack, a natural disaster, or more? How you should be using tools like rsync, and mysql, in an automated fashion? What commercial products are available for you that do well with live server files and data?

  • IT, Workflow and Personal Automation. Automation. Whether you’re doing “personal automation” or workflow and IT automation, built-in tools like AppleScript and Automator make OS X a great platform to replicate processes without adding more work to your schedule. In addition, there are productivity automation tools that can extend productivity even further. In this session, we’ll go beyond the basics and show you some things that accomplish real work, in really helpful ways, by using the powerful features of OS X’s automation.

  • Deploying Devices: State of the Union and How you select an MDM As the increase of mobile devices floods into Education and Enterprise, the need for consultants to deploy iOS devices increases with it. Security, restriction, BYOD controls, information access, application and deployment, and so much more. What is the current state of Apple’s tools? Do you have to use them? What is the latest on Apple’s volume programs? What are the third party looks out there and, more importantly, how do you go about selecting or re-selecting -- because you’re revisiting the topic -- an MDM solution for your organization.

  • Why every Apple tech, IT Pro and consultant should think like a MSP. You may or may not know what an MSP is -- it’s not a common phrase in the Apple community. In large part, most Apple consultants, IT Pros, and techs already fall into the category of “Managed Service Providers.” After all, it simply means that you manage, support, or provide services; that you help determine the services someone needs; and that you do so either proactively or reactively. But, in doing all this, what are the things that you should be thinking about for your organization, or your clients, that will help you do an even better job?

  • Creating the Ultimate Diagnostic Drive Whether you’re an IT Pro, consultant, or tech, having a diagnostic drive is something that is not only something that’s required, it’s something that requires some thought. Which versions of OS X? What third party utilities? How do you handle Core Storage (and non) volumes? And more. Everyone’s situation is different, and not only are there a number of variables, there are hard limitations to contend with. This session reviews first-hand experiences and best practices for creating the most valued tool in your arsenal.

  • IoT and Home Automation: What you need to know. You're a tech, and you presumably like technology. You know that the world of “Works with Apple HomeKit” is coming your way. And, you're seeing Nest, Amazon, smart lighting, power devices, IoT and more. You may not only want to play with these technologies yourself, but people are going to ask you for guidance, recommendations, and insight. Come learn about what a smart home is, and what these technologies mean to techs and consultants — not just for yourself, but for your clients and possibly your organization.


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