Community Roundtable

COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE

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Citrix User Group Community was kicked off officially at Citrix Synergy in 2015 in Orlando, and this was also the first Citrix Synergy I attended. For me personally, it was a blast! This conference changed so much in my life for my Citrix Community contributions. There are two reasons for this. First, I won the Citrix GeekOvation award and was connected to a lot of Community People and Citrix CTPs. The second reason was the founding of myCUGC, the Citrix User Group Community.  When I was back in Switzerland, a former co-worker and colleague, Stefan Beckmann, sent me a message and asked if I'm interested in creating a local CUGC with him. Already in September ...

Synergy 2019 Day One

Synergy 2019 – Day One So, the first day is in the books, and despite the venue and catering (don’t get me started) it has been excellent. The keynote kicked off with some great announcements. Satya Nadeja made a guest appearance. Citrix showed off their Workspace app, and once again showed they cooperate or integrate with the largest number of providers. Analytics, Security, everything you could want. My personal favorite though was the explanation how all the features are developed for 1% of the employees. 99% need the basic functions. This picture articulates that very well. After the Keynote and lunch, I attended a session (SYN139) ...
Part One: Getting Things Done with Citrix Cloud Without Opening Studio! Hi folks, my name is Wendy Gay, and I have worked with Citrix technologies for about 20 years (time flies when you’re having fun). During that time, I have worked with Citrix Systems Integrators and Citrix Platinum partners. I wanted to show you how to do some admin tasks in Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service without even opening Studio. When you are using Citrix Cloud for CVAD, Citrix Studio is used to manage your Citrix environment which sits in Citrix Cloud. Admins would be forgiven for thinking that you can’t get access to some of the under the hood PowerShell tools when using ...
"What’s In Your Gear Bag?" - Citrix Synergy 2019 Edition With Citrix Synergy 2019 just a few days away, I’m sure many of you are starting the process of getting packed and ready to go. As any tech conference veteran knows, one of the most important pieces of attending is making sure you have all of the things you need in your gear bag. That’s right - your gear bag. Most of us need to be able to stay connected while at a conference like Synergy. Whether it be for work, family, or making sure your phone stays charged through all of the parties you’ll be attending, it’s important to have the right things with you along the way. In 2017, I published ...
The CUGC Women in Technology mentorship program has traditionally chosen Citrix Synergy these last couple of years as our big finale for our mentorship class. This year will be no exception, as we are closing down another successful mentorship class in Atlanta with a face-to-face meeting with the mentees that are able to make it to Synergy. Of course, attending Synergy is not a requirement, so for those mentees that are not so fortunate, we will organize a nice closing webinar to ensure we can all share our experiences, thoughts and feedback to keep improving the program and support we offer the Women in Tech out in the field!   But let me not get ahead of myself ...
I have been very fortunate to have attended the past six Synergy conferences in a row, so when I asked my management about this year’s conference, I impatiently waited on an answer. Planning was already taking place amongst my friends and colleagues as well as volunteering opportunities within the CUGC, so I was anxious to hear if I would be able to attend. In March, I finally received the word from my employer that I would be unable to attend this year. While disappointed, I understood and was grateful for being able to attend as often as I had. I had signed up for the CUGC the second I heard about it. Soon after, I was honored and humbled to be asked to be ...
At events like Citrix Synergy , so many opportunities and events are available that quite frankly, it gets overwhelming, even for alumni attendees like myself. At my first couple of Synergy events, I was almost solely focused on regular sessions, not leaving much time for other types of learning, networking or contribution. After some years of "just" attending those regular sessions, I noticed the Match.Geek-event: A concept of 30-minute discussions in groups of a maximum of 5 attendees. This “micro session format” makes it possible to have deep technical dialogue in a bit more relaxed – or as we say in Denmark, " hygge "-like atmosphere. The first time ...
​It's that time of year again to get ready for the last minute logistics preparation for Citrix Synergy , the Citrix annual conference hosted this year in Atlanta, Georgia from May 19–23.  Hopefully, most of you have chosen your breakout sessions by now and have formulated a game plan of what, where, and who to meet and see. Having attended Synergy for a number of years as customer, Expo vendor sponsor, and session speaker​, I have a few suggestions to round out your schedule. At the very least, you should attend the keynotes, stop by Expo vendor booths and self-paced labs, and look up colleagues to establish peer-to-peer networking opportunities so I will ...
Citrix Synergy 2019 is only weeks away now, and I am really looking forward to my 3rd Synergy (previously 2015 and 2017 in Orlando) this time, in Atlanta. Being from the underside of the world down here in New Zealand, to get to attend any event like this can be quite a mission and a very long trek. For me, getting to Atlanta involves three flights: New Plymouth to Auckland (45mins), Auckland to Houston (13.5hrs), and Houston to Atlanta (2hrs), plus airport waiting times and crossing many different times zones. I'm leaving New Zealand at 7:30pm on Friday May 17th and I get into Atlanta at 11pm on Friday May 17th, (if only it did take just a few hours to get ...
This year, I will be attending Citrix Synergy for the first time. And, if that wasn't enough to make this experience extra special, I will be hosting a Synergy session as well. Together with my colleague Ryan Ververs-Bijkerk, I will be presenting ICT-R related content in a session called SYN215   “ Performance and scalability tips and tricks from Citrix experts.”  I have been looking forward to attending for quite a long time. To make matters, extra, extra special, both Ryan and I will be attending Synergy not just as newbies and presenters, but also as freshly awarded 2019 CTAs . Road to Synergy When I first started thinking about attending ...
An Introvert's Guide to Citrix Synergy Welcome to May, it’s officially Citrix Synergy month! So your organization is sending you to Citrix Synergy, but you’re already dreading being in a large space with an exponential number of unfamiliar faces. You're having visions of paralyzing social-anxiety, awkward interactions with others and everlasting doubt of what to do next? Well, I hope I can help you make it through what could very well be the best week of your Citrix journey. To start, here’s a little background on myself. I’ve been attending Synergy for the better part of a decade, initially as a post-sales engineer for a Citrix Platinum Partner and now ...
I attended my first Citrix event in 1999, when it was still called iForum (couldn’t find that badge, so had to go with the 2000 badge, above right) and was always held in Orlando at the Swan and Dolphin resorts. Both Citrix and I have changed a bit since then. I have changed companies and Citrix has added many more products and content. I look forward to each event every year and once it is completed, I can’t wait to see what will be offered next year. This year, Synergy is being held in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center from May 21-23. I have already registered and finalized my plans, and I recommend that you do so as well. The information ...

Great Plains XL 2019 Recap

Recap: Citrix Great Plains XL Great Plains XL 2019 highlights video On April 4 th , 2019, the Kansas City, Central Iowa, and Omaha Citrix user groups came together to host the Great Plains XL Citrix User Group event at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It was a very informative, day-long conference with a great turnout. The facilities at Arrowhead were nice and food and drinks were tasty. Special thanks go out to the Omaha group, who endured a longer bus ride than normal due to some of the recent flooding. We had several great presentations throughout the day.   Our first presenter was Citrix Senior Architect  Martin ...
CUGC Members Presenting at Citrix Synergy 2019! Every year, we at HQ are excited to see so many familiar CUGC names and faces in the Citrix Synergy session catalog. If you're a Synergy first-timer or just haven't picked out your sessions yet, the role-based  Paths to Success  on the main Synergy page are a great place to start. You can always customize from there. However you choose your sessions, we wanted to highlight those featuring our own CUGC members, leaders and frequent content contributors: Breakout Sessions, Meet the Experts Theaters, and Fireside Chats: SYN139: Citrix and Microsoft: a value-add across your workspace  with Matthew Crawford ...
Everything is Bigger in Texas – CUGC Texas XL 2019   Everything truly is bigger in Texas as CUGC holds its first Texas XL event. People from all over the Lone Star state converged on Austin, TX at the University of Texas Club, home of the Texas Longhorns. This would be the first XL event for them, and the turnout did not disappoint with members coming in from all the major CUGC participating cities in Austin , Dallas-Fort Worth , Houston  and many smaller cities all over the state. With a day of presentations by leading experts in the field and sponsors that were engaged in the conversations, the time was well spent and would not disappoint those in ...
Introduction: Unified Endpoint Management, Modern Device Management, User Environment Management, Digital Workspace, Workspace Cloud, Workspace App and End User Computing all have one thing in common: it's all about the end-user experience…! Aside from the general perception of cloud computing benefits such as availability, cost, management, OPEX and so on, Citrix Cloud Workspace offering enables seamless correlation, unification, and integration, of different services such as EUC, UEM, ADM, ADC, MCM, and Analytics to the ultimate aim of making end-users more productive and IT admins less reductive. To win over end-users, which ...
On March 25th, 2019, the Raleigh-Durham CUGC meeting took place at Boxcar Bar and Arcade in Raleigh. The Boxcar is located in Raleigh's revitalized warehouse district. We had a great turnout with partners, vendors, Citrix representatives, and numerous CUGC members. CUGC leaders Patrick Fish and Alain Assaf greeted visitors and handed out cupfuls of tokens for later arcade goodness. Bitdefender kicked off the meeting with a deep-dive into their suite of GravityZone products. After a short break for food and games. CTP Tobias Kreidl presented his findings when using GPUs to improve end user experience.  After Tobias' talk, our attendees socialized ...
DuCUG March 15th 2019 Recap Last week there was another Dutch Citrix User Group event. A bi-annual Citrix event in the Netherlands with a focus on all-things Citrix (and anything related). I was one of the attendees and I will provide a recap of this edition. As usual, the event was opened up by DuCUG crewmember Niek Boevink. After a sincere welcome, he talked about the evaluations of the previous edition. In this one, the session ‘ Automation of Citrix Images ’ by fellow Citrix Technology Advocate @Chris Twiest  was the top rated one. The first session of this edition was about podcasts. As guests, they had Sander Noordijk and @Eric van Klaveren ...
As many of my twitter followers or blog readers will know, each year at Synergy I organise a community hotel discount in a decent hotel near the Synergy venue . Having worked as an independent for many years, I fully appreciate that the cost of attending Synergy can put many people off, with the triple-hit of unpaid leave, travel & hotel costs and conference fees. So, I try to help in any way I can to encourage more people, especially independents like myself, to attend. Each year I publish my Ultimate Synergy Guide on my blog with tips and advice on travel, accommodation and how to get the most out of Synergy. Before I open up this year's hotel ...
CUGC Meeting Supersized! What a great way to start 2019 with Florida’s first CUGC XL event in Orlando. We owe the successful XL to months of collaborative planning with CUGC Headquarters, as well as Jacksonville, Orlando, South Florida and Tampa’s local CUGC group leaders. It was a free all-day event packed with technical presentations from expert speakers, great conversations and information sharing in roundtable discussions, along with plenty of networking opportunities with peers and vendors to inspire the latest in solutions. The day started with registration and a delightful breakfast. Attendees got to network with peers and worked on completing their ...