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Ten must-see Citrix Synergy 2017 sessions

Heading to Orlando May 23-25 for Citrix Synergy? Plan your conference out with 10 of the most intriguing sessions covering workspaces, app layering and more.

Orlando, Fla., is the home of the Orlando Magic, the Magic Kingdom and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but on May 23-25 the real magic happens at Citrix Synergy 2017.

That's right, it's time for Citrix Synergy again, and, this year, the company is taking its talents back to Orlando. Citrix Synergy 2017 will be full of information on workspace management, the latest updates on XenApp and XenDesktop, and much more.

With Citrix Synergy 2017 on the horizon, take some time to look through 10 of the top sessions you should consider attending this year.

SYN709: Monitoring the Citrix virtual workspace

The idea behind workspaces is to bring all of a user's applications, data and resources under one roof. They are also designed to give IT one place to manage it all. To make these all-in-one tools work, administrators must keep the user experience humming along.

In this technical introduction, learn from a senior product marketing manager at Citrix about the monitoring tools the company offers that allow IT to track historical trends and troubleshoot problems. Also learn about Citrix Director, how to monitor performance in Citrix Cloud and more.

SYN310: Powering the digital workspace using Citrix Cloud: A deep dive into architecture and configuration

With the potential of digital workspaces, it's no surprise to find another workspace-focused session on the list. In this breakout session, find out how to run workspaces with Citrix Cloud, which includes how to manage them across different locations. Attendees will also learn about critical security concerns around identity management and external access control. Beyond security, the presenters will cover how to create an integrated ShareFile experience and more.

SYN151: Workspace revolution through convergence and the Intelligent Edge

Another wave of the future is edge computing, where data processing occurs at the edge of the network close to the source rather than in a central location.

Attendees at this Citrix Synergy 2017 session will learn how workspaces and edge computing are coming together with the Intelligent Edge Workspace, a tool that automates deployment and focuses on remote management. The goal of Intelligent Edge Workspace is to improve the end-user experience with quicker data processing.

SYN313: Identity, security, availability: Best practices with Citrix Cloud

Identity management and single sign-on (SSO) are inextricably linked. IT needs a way to make sure that the people accessing corporate resources are who they say they are. At the same time, IT can't give users so many hoops to jump through that they spend all their time logging into different services.

In this session, attendees will learn about Citrix's identity strategy for Citrix Cloud and get inside information on the company's "one Citrix" login. The technology deep dive also looks at how to use Microsoft Azure Active Directory during a cloud migration.

Citrix Synergy 2017 Colin Powell keynote

General Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, knows a thing or two about security. He will bring his unique and extensive perspective on cybersecurity into this session to show how it affects businesses across the world. Powell's emphasis will be on creating a security-first mindset and detailing how that starts with the leaders at the top of an organization.

SYN414: Access and authentication options in a Citrix environment

Continuing on the theme of identity management, attend this session to learn about the authentication options Citrix offers, including the Citrix Federated Authentication Service, which powers SSO in Microsoft Office 365 and Google Accounts. The presenter will also detail security features that enable two-factor authentication.

SYN104: XenApp and XenDesktop: What's new and roadmap

For all the talk about workspaces and Citrix Cloud, XenApp and XenDesktop are still Citrix's bread and butter. In this session, which occurs twice during the show, attendees can learn about the features in XenApp and XenDesktop 7.11, 7.12 and 7.13. In addition, they will find out how each version fits in with businesses ranging from SMBs to large-scale enterprises.

The presenters will also look at what's next for each product, including what to expect from future releases of the Long Term Service Release.

SYN302: Keys to a successful XenApp and XenDesktop user experience

Nothing makes or breaks an IT project like user experience. In this session, the Citrix consulting services team will teach attendees how they can use Citrix Profile Management and Workspace Environment Management to maintain a positive user experience in XenApp and XenDesktop deployments. They will also go over the steps admins can take to analyze their existing deployments to identify where they can improve the user experience.

SYN103: XenApp and XenDesktop App Layering

Citrix acquired Unidesk in January for its app layering software and announced its new product, Citrix App Layering, in April. Hear from Unidesk's founder to learn more about app layering, including using hot-add elastic layering, XenApp session containers, and Citrix Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services image management.

In addition, this Citrix Synergy 2017 session will demonstrate how app layering fits into Citrix's XenApp and XenDesktop technologies.

SYN128: Yale University's journey into the cloud

It's great to get the scoop on how different tools and technologies are supposed to work, but it's even better to hear from actual customers about what their experiences were like. Yale University's public computing services manager will do just that, detailing how the school, which has more than 900 devices anyone with a username and password can log into, moved to a cloud-based virtual desktop deployment.

Find out what prompted Yale to pick Citrix Cloud, where SmartTools comes in and how to approach cloud storage.

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