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About the Event

Date: April 6, 2016
Time: All Day.
Registration at 8:30am
Sessions start at 9am. Day ends by 6pm.
Location: Sheraton Bellevue Hotel 100 112th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004

Sessions Chair: JD Strong & Shelley Watson

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Sessions Chairs




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.


Shelley A. Watson, Wheelwrights LLC

Shelley Watson is currently Managing Partner at Wheelwrights, started in 2007 with Chris Dawe, to provide technology services including strategic planning, implementation, and support to business and education clients in Western Washington. An Apple consultant and trainer since 1997, Shelley’s past activities include working on curriculum development teams for Apple, and as an Apple Certified Trainer. Shelley earned her degree in Psychology from the University of California, never realizing it would be perfect for a career in IT.


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.


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.


Kirk Godtfredsen, KKHE Consulting

Kirk has over 25 years of Mac related IT experience - from StarControllers and 3270 emulation over Token Ring to WPA, Active Directory and iPhones, he's had to integrate it. He spent 13 years at Apple as a systems engineer and trainer (before the stock splits - natch). For the last 12 years he has provided IT support to small biz, K-12 and higher-education, and also spends time helping out @ BusyMac, the makers of BusyCal and BusyContacts. He has been involved with mobile computing since its inception, working on the first email client for the first internet-based phone w/AT&T Wireless. When he isn't working, he's biking and hiking.


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.


Jonathan Spiva, 74bit, Inc.

Specializing in Apple products, Jonathan Spiva has spent years working for technology support companies up and down the West Coast. While his passion with clients has always been primarily with OS X, he also has expertise managing Windows and Linux infrastructures. Jonathan considers himself a very forward looking technologist focusing on best of breed and modern solutions over more traditional options. Jonathan currently holds many Apple certifications including current Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) & Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP). He is also a Certified Casper Administrator (CCA), Casper Mobile Administrator (CMA), Certified JSS Administrator (CJA) and Certified Casper Expert (CCE), for JAMF Software’s Casper Suite.


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.


Jim Tobin, OlyInnovations

Jim is currently the owner of OlyInnovations, the iOS and OS X app development and custom integration company he founded after a 22 year career with Apple. Building turn-key solutions so customers can achieve things they previously only dreamed of is the passion his company lives for. Flowing smoothly between Unix and Swift and Ruby and Javascript and SQL he has been known to make sense only to his dogs. In working with customers and presenting to audiences he draws upon four decades of computer experience, from toggling address switches to load boot code on DEC PDP mini-computers to capturing packets on modern switched networks to identify mis-behaving protocols, you’ll find Jim grounded in the real reason we put technology to use: Solving real problems for real people. And when that work is done, Jim heads out with bags of Nikon gear to photograph the great wonders of the Pacific Northwest.


Mat X, MacDevOps:YVR

Mat X builds awesome storage and better backup systems for video professionals. With over 15 years in IT his time spent was in beautiful art schools, the gritty trenches of VFX production, and everywhere creatives in media and entertainment work. Being paid to be paranoid. Be safe, not sorry.


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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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