Call for Papers - now OPEN

Due by 20 February, 2015

Every May at BriForum London, over 250 delegates arrive in London for an epic 2 days of enterprise end-user computing brilliance. 20+ of the best and brightest IT minds take the stage to share their expertise, experience and strategies for success.

Amazing as it seems, content planning for BriForum 2015 is now OPEN, and we're picturing you on stage. Yes, we are looking at you!

Come share your smarts with us by submitting your session idea for your chance to take the stage at BriForum!

Submissions are due by 20 February, 2015

The Fine Print: We accept admissions for both Denver and London simultaneously - meaning you could be chosen for both. So make sure to include as much information as possible about your session in the submission form - the BriForum selection team (Brian and Gabe) is looking for the most compelling presentations or unique case studies that have not been presented at other events. Call for Papers is open until 20th of February, 2015. We will announce our selections on 6th of March, 2015.

What happens if your session is accepted?
For certain speakers that are selected, we'll pay for your travel, accommodations, and conference admission to the city where your session is placed. You are also invited to attend an exclusive speaker dinner the night before the show. Please note: If your session is selected as a Lightning Round session, we can't pay for your travel or accommodations, but we are more than happy to cover your conference admission and speaker dinner.

Tips for submitting your idea:
When you submit your session there are a number of questions that help us place sessions. You’ll be asked which show you’re submitting for (it can be both), if you have any co-presenters, what experience level your session is catered for, and so on. If you think you can give your session for any experience level, please let us know in the notes at the end of the survey. Any flexibility like that increases your chance of acceptance (for instance, if we had two expert-level storage sessions that were awesome, but needed an intermediate one, we could shift one to intermediate and choose both). Typical sessions are 75 minutes long, so aim for that.

Still, there are many great topics out there that can’t sustain a full 75-minute session. For that reason, we have Lightning Rounds. Lightning Rounds are 15-minute mini sessions that we use to start conversations about fringe topics or to give quick rundowns of a topic. Sometimes speakers have used them as a primer for another full-length session later in the show. We also use them as a way to accept more sessions than we could otherwise fit. If your session could be done in 15 minutes, please let us know when filling out the survey. It helps when we make the selections, rather than going back and asking you. 

Focus on the Abstract:
The way we pick the sessions is a time-tested process whereby we hide the presenter names and choose sessions based entirely on the abstract. Each of us does this independently. The more people that like it, the better chance it has to get into the show. This blind approach to session selections means that we have no sure-thing speakers, which explains why we have between ten and twenty percent new presenters each year. This keeps the content and viewpoints as fresh as possible.

Topics we're looking to cover: Feel free to use this as a guide when thinking of ideas, but if there’s something that you’re excited about that isn’t on the list, submit that, too!

Desktop Virtualization

  • VDI / Datacenter-hosted desktops
  • Blade PCs / Blade workstations / HP Moonshot
  • VDI products, like Citrix XenDesktop, VMware View, Microsoft Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RDVH), Quest, Symantec, etc.
  • Client-based VMs and client hypervisors (both Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH)
  • Citrix XenApp and the Citrix Access Platform
  • Dell Wyse vWorkspace
  • Storage Optimization
  • Smaller SBC vendors such as Ericom, 2X, Jetro Platforms, Thinspace, HOBsoft, Leostream, etc.

Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS)

  • Comparison of providers (VMware Desktone, TuCloud, Amazon WorkSpaces, etc.)
  • Internally-hosted DaaS versus cloud-based external DaaS
  • Single application DaaS versus whole desktop solutions
  • Dealing with technical, regulatory, and mental challenges of DaaS

Windows Desktop Application Management

  • App virtualization
  • Microsoft App-V
  • VMware ThinApp
  • Citrix XenApp Streaming
  • Symantec Workspace Virtualization (formerly Altiris SVS)
  • Smaller vendors, such as InstallFree,, etc.
  • App streaming
  • Apps streamed to local devices
  • Remoting apps to local devices (from datacenters and the cloud)
  • “Traditional” Windows app management and installation versus “new” ways


  • FUIT (ways that newly-empowered users are getting around IT policies)
  • Security
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Federated application management (combining Windows desktop, mobile, and web apps)
  • Identity management
  • Integrating cloud-based and SaaS apps with enterprise apps
  • New “consumerization” features of Windows 8.1

Enterprise Mobility

  • Mobile Application Management (MAM) and mobile applications
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  • Mobile file sync and share
  • Mobilising existing applications
  • Mobile Information Management (MIM)
  • Mobile virtualization and other specialized Android devices (Samsung SAFE, KNOX, etc.)
  • iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry management and deployment
  • Tablet platforms, Windows versus iOS, etc.

Installing and Managing Centralized Applications

  • Operations Management
  • Application Streaming and Virtualization
  • Business Impacts created by Server-based Computing
  • Cloud Computing (as it related to desktops and apps)
  • Workspace management (Workspot, Stoneware, etc...)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Licensing
  • Scalability and High-Availability
  • Security
  • Scripting and Programming

BriForum Session Archive

Want to see the types of sessions presented in the past? 

Check out these exclusive videos from previous BriForum events, handpicked by Brian Madden to showcase the quality of presentations you can expect to see:

#1. Mandatory and Default User Profile Tuning
Presented by Jon Wallace, Chicago 2011

#2. Hyper-V and System Center: How Good Can It Be?
Presented by Mike Burke, Chicago 2013

#3. The Future of the Enterprise Desktop
Presented by Brian Madden, London 2012

#4. Server Virtualization Success! VDI: Not so much. Why VDI adoption has been slow and how desktop virtualization will change the future
Presented by Ron Oglesby, Chicago 2011

#5. What got us here won't get us there: Today's IT needs to get with the times
Presented by David Stafford, Chicago 2013

Access the complete BriForum Video Archive for more great content!