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


Washington, DC

 

About the Event

Date: May 24, 2017
Time: All Day. See Detailed Schedule.
   Registration at 8:30am
   Sessions start at 9am. Day ends by 6pm.

Location:
Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria VA 22314

Sessions Chair: Will O'Neal

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


Sessions Chairs




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.


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 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.


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.


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.


Tom Bridge, Technolutionary

Tom Bridge is a founding partner at Technolutionary LLC, based in Washington DC. Technolutionary supports 400 users from small business to medium enterprise in a mix of Mac and PC, with a dash of Linux and a healthy serving of iOS devices. He lives in Brookland, DC, with his wife, Tiffany, their son Charlie, and their cat, Macro.


Chad Swarthout, Alectrona, LLC

Chad Swarthout is the Founder & CEO of Alectrona, a tech consultancy based in Washington, DC. Chad has been supporting Macs for nearly 10 years, originally performing repair work for local Apple Specialist macUpgrades, supporting small business clients with Mac servers & workstations, before founding Alectrona. Now, Chad and his team support Macs, PCs, and mobile devices in business environments across a range of industries. It's a lot of fun. Originally from Chicago, he has strong opinions about pizza. He arrived in DC to pursue his degree in economics at The George Washington University, and accidentally glued himself to the region by building a business. Chad is also a keen traveler: he has logged over 240,000 miles last year alone.


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.


Jason Bracy, SAIC

Jason began his journey in IT has been involved in the IT world for over 25 years. Through his training as a photographer he became involved with Macs at the dawn of the digital photography in the late ‘80s. He quickly became an expert in Color Management which led him into the field of Mac System Administration. He began managing Macs professionally in traditional Mac strongholds of Photography, Graphic Design, and Prepress. In the early 2000’s he began consulting with several 3 letter agencies, contractors and enterprise clients. He began working full time for SAIC 10 years ago as a Systems Administrator for the Creative group. When SAIC and Leidos split 4 years ago he was asked to join the Corporate IT group and take responsibility for all Non-Standard devices in the enterprise. He is now part of the Endpoint Management team and is responsible for configuration and management of Windows Tablet PCs, Macintosh, Linux/Unix, iOS and Android devices.


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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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Sponsors



MacTech Pro events have carefully selected sponsors to interact with you with the most useful products and services for you, the professional Apple tech and consultant.
 

National Sponsors

 
ChronoSync
Matias
Watchman Monitoring
 
 
 

Event Sponsors

 
Future Media Concepts
MacDMV