2015 Expert Speakers

The best independent authors and bloggers, industry analysts, and experts in desktop and application virtualization and consumerization.

BriForum speakers are proven industry leaders, strategists, practitioners and your true peers in IT. Many of them are current IT professionals; others, well-known experts who hold the keys to solving your most pressing end-user computing issues. All BriForum speakers talk honestly and openly about technical challenges they have faced, how they have solved them, what works, and what doesn't. They are eager to share their expertise and strategies for success.

To learn more about our Class of 2015 presenters, please explore their bios below:

Richard K. Agnew Rick Agnew
Chief Solutions Architect
NetSight, Inc.
Dan Allen Dan Allen
Director, Federal Services
Shawn Bass Shawn Bass
Sr. Director, Strategy and Planning, VMware
Jason Conger Jason Conger
Practice Manager
Splunk, Inc.
Peter Daalmans Peter Daalmans
Sr. Technical Consultant
Enterprise Client Management MVP
Kenneth Fingerlos Kenneth Fingerlos
Sr. Solutions Architect
Lewan Technology
Earl Gay Earl Gay
End User Computing Architect
Sirius Computer Solutions
Jarian Gibson Jarian Gibson
Independent Consultant / Solutions Architect
Jarian Gibson Consulting
Kevin Goodman Kevin Goodman
Steve Greenberg Steve Greenberg
Principal Architect
Thin Client Computing
Randy Groves Randy Groves
Denis Gundarev Denis Gundarev
Application Solutions Architect
Christoph Hammer Christoph Hammer
CIO & SVP Professional Services
Cortado, Inc.
Matt Heller Matt Heller
Chairman, Founder
Browsium, Inc.
Zach Hughes Zach Hughes
VP, Infrastructure & Operations
RCIS / Wells Fargo
Kevin Kaminski Kevin Kaminski
Principal Consultant
Big Hat Group, Inc.
Brian Katz Brian Katz
Director of Mobile Strategy
Shane Kleinert Shane Kleinert
Senior Systems Engineer
Choice Solutions
Gabe Knuth Gabe Knuth
Independent Analyst & Blogger
Jack Madden Jack Madden
Patrick Mangan Patrick Mangan
TMurgent Technologies, LLP
Tim Mangan Tim Mangan
TMurgent Technologies, LLP
Simon May Simon May
Enterprise Devices Infrastructuralist
Andy Milford Andy Milford
CEO and Founder
Theresa Miller Theresa Miller
24x7 IT Connection, LLC
Rory Monaghan Rory Monaghan
CTO, Americas
Algiz Technology
Mike Nelson Mike Nelson
Sr. Solutions Architect
Atlantis Computing
Eric Orman Eric Orman
Senior Program Manager
Aaron Parker Aaron Parker
Solutions Architect
Atlantis Computing
Ian Parker Ian Parker
Senior Webservices Architect
Thomson Reuters
Andy Paul Andy Paul
Director of Outsourcing Delivery
Adam Platt Adam Platt
Software Engineer
API Systems, Inc.
Nick Rintalan Nick Rintalan
Lead Architect, Consulting
Claudio Rodrigues Claudio Rodrigues
WTSLabs Inc.
Darwin Sanoy Darwin Sanoy
Packaging Automation Engineer
Greg Shields Greg Shields
Author Evangelist
Joe Shonk Joe Shonk
Thin Client Computing
John Smith John Smith
Solutions Architect
ExtraHop Networks
Ruben Spruijt Ruben Spruijt
Atlantis Computing
David Strafford David Stafford
Head of Enterprise Technology
Vladimir Stoyanov Vladimir Stoyanov
Principal Software Engineer
Michael Thomason Michael Thomason
ThinLaunch, LLC
Benny Tritsch Benny Tritsch
Elder Geek
Jeroen van de Kamp Jeroen van de Kamp
CTO, Login Consultants
TJ Vatsa TJ Vatsa
Principal Architect
Drew Walz Drew Walz
Director of Systems Architecture
nGenx Corporation
Ryan Will Ryan Will
Systems Architect II
Dane Young Dane Young
Virtualization Practice Manager

Rick Agnew, Chief Solutions Architect, NetSight, Inc.

Presenting: Strategies to Optimize Your VDI OS Gold Images

Rick Agnew is President and Chief Solutions Architect at NetSight, Inc. Rick has over 30 years' experience as a systems integrator in the Chicagoland area. He has been working with Citrix technologies since the MetaFrame product days and with VMware since attending the first VMworld in 2003. Rick is responsible for directing the company's desktop virtualization practice; consulting and directing their client's computing strategies; designing network and datacenter infrastructure, local and wide area networks, and network security; implementing multi-vendor platform integrations; and insuring business continuance using offsite disaster recovery solutions. Rick has significant experience in BladeServer, Storage Area Network and Fault Tolerant system design and integration and works with his clients to solve key IT challenges by helping them plan, design and achieve their future IT objectives.

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Dan Allen, Director, Federal Services, Bromium

Presenting: Maximizing Scalability! Understanding and Optimizing the Scalability of VDI and RDS

Dan Allen recently joined Bromium as the Director of Federal Services. Prior to joining Bromium, Dan worked as a Lead Architect on the Citrix Consulting team; implementing Citrix solutions for some of the largest customers in the world. Dan has been a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences in both the US and Europe, including those from Citrix and Microsoft. He is also one of the most well-read technical bloggers at Citrix, attracting hundreds of thousands of hits across his technical blogs on XenDesktop, XenApp, Profiles, PVS, etc. Dan joined Citrix Consulting in 2001, but has been implementing Citrix solutions for customers since 1998, when he first got certified on WinFrame 1.7. Prior to joining Citrix, he worked for one of the first Citrix partners in Pennsylvania.

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Shawn Bass, Sr. Director, Strategy and Planning, VMware

Presenting: You Feeling Strong, My Friend? Say Docker One More Time! and Cloud Data Security: Separating Fact from Fiction

Shawn Bass, an independent consultant based in the Chicago area, is a “Citrix Technology Professional” and a “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.” He’s been working with Citrix technologies since the WinView product days, and today, most of his clients are Fortune 500 companies (primarily in the financial services and insurance markets).

Shawn got involved in trying to help the server-based computing community around February 2005. Back then, he’d spent long hours lurking on a variety of forums and learning from others, so he decided it was finally time to give back to assist others. Since that time, he’s become an active poster on the support forums on BrianMadden.com, the official Citrix Support Forums (discussions.citrix.com), and AppVirtGuru.com

Shawn is a 10+time (and top-rated) presenter at BriForum, and has spoken at other worldwide events including Citrix Synergy, VMworld, TechEd, TEC, E2E, and various Citrix user groups. He also continues to teach the independent desktop virtualization 5-day master class that he and Brian developed back in 2004.

Shawn Bass has been a member of the TechTarget Speaker Bureau since its formation in 2012.

You can follow him on Twitter @shawnbass

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Jason Conger, Practice Manager, Splunk, Inc.

Presenting: Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Smackdown

Jason Conger is a Practice Manager at Splunk, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), long-time presenter, technical writer, and open-source software developer.

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Peter Daalmans, Sr. Technical Consultant / Enterprise Client Management MVP, IT-Concern

Presenting: Master your Mac OS X Operating System with Configuration Manager 2012 R2

Peter is a Senior Technical Consultant with Microsoft Partner IT-Concern with a primary focus on the System Center Suite and Microsoft Exchange. Peter has been awarded three times as a Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP (Configuration Manager/Windows Intune). Peter writes blogs and shares his knowledge on his blog ConfigMgrBlog.com. Peter is also one of the founders and leads of the Windows Management User Group Netherlands. Author of Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Mastering System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager books from Sybex. Peter speaks at local and international group meetings, conferences like TechEd (Australia / New Zealand), IT/Dev Connections, Midwest Management Summit (MMS), TechDays Netherlands and ExpertsLive Netherlands.

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Kenneth Fingerlos, Sr. Solutions Architect, Lewan Technology

Presenting: Understanding vSGA, vDGA, vGPU: When and Where to Use Them

Ten year IT veteran holding positions in desktops management, server management, and data center management. Seven years in IT consulting around storage, data management, server and desktop virtualization.

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Earl Gay, End User Computing Architect, Sirius Computer Solutions

Presenting: EUC Layering Smackdown: Comparing AppVolumes, Unidesk, FlexApp, and Mirage

Earl Gay is an End User Computing Architect for Sirius Computer Solutions, a national solutions integrator headquartered in San Antonio, TX. He is based out of Charlotte, NC, but works nationally with customers to help apply end-user computing technologies to solve business challenges. Prior to joining Sirius and moving into a consulting role, he worked in internal IT with multiple Fortune 500 companies specializing in technologies throughout end user computing and the datacenter. He has spoken at events such a Citrix Synergy, is a four-time VMware vExpert, and holds a BS in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte. Find Earl on Twitter: @earlg3

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Jarian Gibson, Independent Consultant / Solutions Architect, Jarian Gibson Consulting

Presenting: Tech Bake-off Reloaded: An Independent Review of Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon View and What Can Citrix Workspace Cloud Do for You?

Jarian Gibson is an independent consultant/solutions architect focused on application/desktop virtualization and enterprise mobility technologies based out of the Kansas City area. With more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry, Jarian has worked on many assessment, design, and implementations projects for application/desktop virtualization solutions. Jarian has and maintains industry certifications from Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware to name a few. Jarian is an active contributor in theCitrix Support Forums,theCitrix IRC channel, and has his ownwebsite. Jarian has presented at conferences (BriForum,Citrix Synergy, and E2E Virtualization Conference), been namedCitrix Geek of the Week, recognized by Citrix as one of the top five Citrix engineers in the central region at Citrix Synergy 2011,and contributed toDesktop Virtualization Deployment Insights eBookpublished by Citrix. Jarian's industry/community awards include Citrix Partner Technical Council (PTEC), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), Nutanix Technical Champion (NTC Charter Member), and VMware vExpert.

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Kevin Goodman, CEO, FSLogix

Presenting: How to Make Windows PowerShell Sit Up and Beg: The Essential Tutorial for Creating Scripts That Control All Aspects of Your Desktop and Server Farm

Kevin Goodman is cofounder and CEO of FSLogix. He has had successful management roles in a number of private and publicly held high-tech companies including RTO Software, VMware and DCA. Goodman is the author of two books published by M&T Publishing - Windows NT: A Developer's Guide, and Building Windows 95 Applications, and has been a frequent contributor to several computer industry magazines. Goodman has also been awarded four patents.

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Steve Greenberg, Principal Architect, Thin Client Computing

Presenting: Storage Virtualization: What It Is, Where/How to Use It, and Why Most of What You Hear About It is Wrong

Steve Greenberg is the founder of Thin Client Computing, a leading virtualization consulting group based in Scottsdale, AZ. A pioneer and innovator in advanced Virtualization and Data Center designs, he has been active virtual computing since the early 90s. Reference Clients include American Express, Cox Communications, Mayo Clinic, and ASU.

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Randy Groves, CTO, Teradici

Presenting: How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Implement Best Practices in VMware Horizon PCoIP Deployments, and What Does It Take to Get a Good Remote Experience on Today's Wi-Fi and Cellular Networks?

Randy Groves has extensive experience in computer systems, software, and semiconductor design. He has been involved with Teradici since its founding and its CTO for the last 8 years. Before that he was the VP of Engineering for LifeSize Communications, the leader in high definition video communications. Before joining LifeSize, he was Chief Technology Officer for Dell Product Group responsible for the architecture and technology direction for all of Dell's product offerings. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of Dell Enterprise Systems Group and was responsible for the worldwide development and marketing of Dell's server, storage, and systems management software products. Before joining Dell, Randy spent 21-years at IBM where he held many product development roles for IBM's Intel- and RISC-based servers, as well as roles in corporate strategy and RISC microprocessor development and architecture.

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Denis Gundarev, Application Solutions Architect, VMware

Presenting: Troubleshooting VMware App Volumes, and How to Encrypt Everything That Moves and Keep It Usable

Denis has more than 15 years of IT industry experience in different roles. Denis focuses on desktop virtualization, application delivery, and the areas of server based computing, enterprise cloud computing, and virtualization. He is a technologist at heart with a passion for defining technology strategies that fit the business, and practically implementing systems in line with initiatives.

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Christoph Hammer, CIO & SVP Professional Services, Cortado, Inc.

Presenting: Low-Level Print Analysis: A Deep Dive Into Windows Printing

Christoph Hammer spent his whole career with solutions for enterprise printing and mobility. His various roles as administrator, consultant, technical manager and CIO provided him with in-depth knowledge about current and future challenges in regards to printing and its importance and impact on business. In the past, he presented various print related topics to audiences at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium, VMWare TSX, BriForum, Orbitz and other venues..

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Matt Heller, Chairman, Founder, Browsium, Inc.

Presenting: Browser Management 101: How Web Browsers Work, and Why Managing Them is a Problem

Matt founded Browsium, Inc. after spending several years working with Microsoft customers on Internet Explorer. There he recognized the need for browser-related tools and solutions which enable business customers to more effectively manage their browser environments. He started his work with Microsoft during the release of IE6 on Windows XP SP2, and has gained extensive knowledge of Internet Explorer as well as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera. Matt has also served as the Vice President of Operations for Overture Services, Inc. (now Yahoo! Search Marketing) overseeing the creation and execution of all technology systems, as well as defining technology standards for worldwide operations. Additionally, Matt provided operational technology evaluations for numerous M&A transactions. Matt has also served as Director of Information Technology for Network Solutions and Manager of Information Services for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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Zach Hughes, Vp, Infrastructure & Operations, RCIS / Wells Fargo

Presenting: The #SurfaceChallenge: I Took Away My Executives' iPads and Laptops, Gave them Surface Pro 3s, and Lived to Tell About it

Zach Hughes is the VP of Infrastructure & Operations at Rural Community Insurance Services, a Wells Fargo Company. He has 16 years of experience in enterprise IT Infrastructure in a variety of disciplines including End User Computing strategy and architecture, XenApp application hosting architecture, networking, security, and IT management. He is passionate about innovating infrastructure technology solutions that create a competitive advantage for business.

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Kevin Kaminski, Principal Consultant, Big Hat Group, Inc.

Presenting: Configuration Manager 2012: Is This How We Make a User-centric Experience or Are We Still Managing Devices?

Kevin is a seasoned consultant focusing mainly on end user type technologies that range from device management to application delivery. Using his experiences from different organizations, he is able to draw upon practical knowledge that he incorporates into his speaking engagements, training material and articles. As an App-V MVP, Kevin delivers and maintains an App-V master's class with fellow MVP Tim Mangan. He also spends time blogging for MyItForum.com and speaking at various engagements such as BriForum. To assist his local IT community he sits as a director on the Calgary IT Pro User Group and manages the Calgary Systems Management User Group.

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Brian Katz, Director, Sanofi

Presenting: I've Rolled Out EMM, What Now? How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MAM and Zen and the Art of Mobile Applications: How Not to Build a "Crapplication"

Brian Katz leads End User Experience and Innovation at Sanofi. In his previous role, he managed mobile initiatives to enable the organization to move forward in the mobile space. These include mobilizing the sales force, handling BYOD and COPE initiatives, and enabling new devices and form factors for success. He has more than 20 years' experience managing and implementing IT processes and leading high performance teams.

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Shane Kleinert, Senior Systems Engineer, Choise Solutions

Presenting: Tech Bake-Off Reloaded: An Independent Review of Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon View

Shane is a highly motivated, energetic, thorough, and detail-oriented Information Technology professional with over 10 years of enterprise IT experience. He has exceptional skills in assessment, design, architecture, implementation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of innovative IT solutions. Shane was at BriForum and Citrix Synergy, and is an active member in the Citrix IRC community.

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Gabe Knuth, Independent Industry Analyst & Blogger, BrianMadden.com

Presenting: Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Mobile Infrastructures

Gabe Knuth is an independent industry analyst, blogger, and speaker,known throughout the world as "the other guy" at BrianMadden.com. He has been nearly 100% focused on desktops, applications, and devices throughout his 16 year career in IT, a journey that has taken him from help desks, to data centers, to the cloud as a consultant, in-house IT person, and as an analyst. As evidenced by his co-authorship of the book The VDI Delusion, Gabe's focus tends to lean more toward practical, real-world uses for technology, essentially boiling off the hype and examining the actual usefulness of each technology in specific use cases. Gabe has written for BrianMadden.com and SearchVirtualDesktop.com since 2007, and has spoken at major industry trade shows such as BriForum and Citrix Synergy.

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Brian Madden, Independent Industry Analyst, Blogger & Author, BrianMadden.com

Presenting: RDSH versus VDI: 2015 Edition (With a Dose of "Persistent versus Non-persistent")

Brian Madden is known throughout the world as an opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert. He's written several books and thousands of articles about desktop virtualization. His blog site, BrianMadden.com, receives millions of visitors per year and is a leading source for conversation, debate, and discourse about the application and desktop virtualization industry. Brian is also the creator of BriForum, an independent conference about desktop virtualization, consumerization of IT, and enterprise mobility management. Having been ranked the #1 speaker at both VMworld and Citrix Synergy, Brian flies over 200,000 miles per year for speaking and consulting. He has been written about in Wired Magazine, heard on NPR, quoted in The Economist, and featured on podcasts around the world.

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Jack Madden, Blogger, BrianMadden.com

Presenting: Everything You Need to Know About Virtual Mobile Infrastructures

Jack Madden covers everything related to enterprise mobility management at BrianMadden.com, a website devoted to desktop virtualization, the consumerization of IT, and enterprise mobility. Jack has written hundreds of articles and spoken at BriForum, Citrix Synergy, VMworld, and other events throughout the US and Europe. He is the author of “Enterprise Mobility Management: Everything you need to know about MDM, MAM, & BYOD” and co-author of “The VDI Delusion.”

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Patrick Mangan, Specialist, TMurgent Technologies, LLP

Presenting: 4, 3, 2, 1, LIFTOFF! How Processes Become Virtualized, and The App Whisperer (Latest Techniques in Sequencing)

Probably the only person in the world that has worked with application virtualization for over half of his life, Patrick was an unofficial tester for SoftwareWow way back in 2000.

Patrick is a contractor doing contract App-V sequencing for TMurgent Technologies and other customers since 2011. He also helps out with teaching portions of the App-V training classes.

Patrick is an Eagle Scout, and is pursuing a degree in Engineering on the side.

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Tim Mangan, Kahuna, TMurgent Technologies, LLP

Presenting: 4, 3, 2, 1, LIFTOFF! How Processes Become Virtualized, and The App Whisperer (Latest Techniques in Sequencing)

Tim Mangan runs his company, TMurgent Technologies, which is based in Canton, Massachusetts. Primarily focused on training customers on App-V, he also provides consulting services and a ton of free tools for folks in this space. A Microsoft MVP for App-V, Tim is also a Citrix CTP and has worked with application virtualization since he built SoftGrid (the original name for App-V) in 2000.

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Simon May, Enterprise Devices Infrastructuralist, Microsoft

Presenting: Why Your Approach to BYOD Stinks

Simon has over 10 years of experience in IT for financial institutions, utility, and the healthcare sector. He's done everything from helpdesk support, desktop and server support and deployment, critical issue recovery and service and process management. He's been an Evangelist with Microsoft for 4 years, concentrating on how IT Professionals can embrace enterprise mobility management and the latest devices. Simon can be found writing for Microsoft TechNet and non-Microsoft publications, on the Channel 9 Edge Show, and speaking around the world.

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Andy Milford, CEO and Founder, RDPSoft

Presenting: The Hidden Benefits of RDP 8 on Windows Server 2012. Finally, Client Connection Metrics Come to RDS

Andy Milford is a veteran software entrepreneur in the Windows networking and security space. Prior to founding RDPSoft, Andy was the CEO and founder of a Windows event log management company, Dorian Software Creations, Inc., which was acquired by Ipswitch Software in 2009. While at Ipswitch, Andy served as Vice President of Business Intelligence Products and was responsible for expansion of the log management and similar product lines. Andy left Ipswitch in 2012 and founded RDPSoft to begin development on Remote Desktop Reporter, a comprehensive metric tracking and reporting solution for server based computing platforms like Microsoft RDS, Citrix, and VMWare Horizon View. Similar to his approach at Dorian Software, Andy believes that the SBC market can be improved by creating easy-to-use and affordable tools for small and medium sized businesses.

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Theresa Miller, Owner, 24x7 IT Connection, LLC

Presenting: Be a XenDesktop Rockstar! Everything YOU Need to Know About Implementing, Administering and Troubleshooting XenDesktop 7.6

Theresa Miller is an IT professional that has been working as a technical expert in IT for over 18 years, and has obtained her MBA in IT Management, MCSE and CCA certifications. Her areas of expertise are in the areas of Exchange, Office 365, Active Directory and Citrix XenApp and XenDeskop. She has architected, designed, implemented and led complex projects in all of these areas. She has also done technical writing for Windows IT Pro, Petri and Enow Solutions Blog. Theresa has also been selected to do public speaking for conferences such as BriForum, E2E Virtualization Conference, has led coordinated tech talks at Citrix Synergy and can be found talking tech on the Current Status podcast http://www.petri.com/current-status. Theresa also has her own blog for sharing technical thoughts at http://24x7itconnection.com/ and you can find her on twitter @24x7itconnect.

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Rory Monaghan,CTO, Americas, Algiz Technology

Presenting: Application Virtualization: Best In Show (A Comparison of App Virt Platforms)

Rory grew up in Ireland, and made the move to Phoenix over three years ago. In the last few years, he has collaborated on the very popular Application Virtualization Smackdown series of white papers, which together with his work experience, has exposed him to most appvirt products on the market. He has been awarded both the MVP award for App-V by Microsoft, and the vExpert award from VMware. This is Rory's second year presenting at BriForum, and we can't wait to have him back!

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Mike Nelson, Sr. Solutions Architect, Atlantis Computing

Presenting: AWS AppStream vs. Azure RemoteApp: A Technical Smackdown, and The Packet Games: Analytics and Troubleshooting on the Wire

Mike's IT career spans over 25 years, involving a vast array of technologies. His roles in corporate management and engineering to industry consulting provide him with a wide range of hands-on experience and solutions. Mike has a strong passion for virtualization, both from a technical and visionary point of view. For the last decade or so, his focus has been on the SBC and Cloud areas, with major projects in VDI, multi-tenant SaaS, DaaS, and virtual consolidations. He is a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and has served as an expert advisor for the Citrix Education team on Netscaler and XenDesktop technology. He is also a VMware vExpert and VMware User Group (VMUG) Leader for his region. Mike also serves on the Azure Insiders group for Microsoft.

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Eric Orman, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Presenting: New Insights and Advanced Deployment Tips for Azure RemoteApp, Directly from the Microsoft Engineering Team

Eric Orman is a Senior Program Manager within the remote desktop engineering team primarily working on Azure RemoteApp. Prior to his current role, he spent 7 years working in the System Center Configuration Manager product group owning the TAP programs for their 2007 and 2012 product releases, along with numerous features of the product. Before joining Microsoft, he spent 12 years in the United States Army.

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Aaron Parker, Solutions Architect, Atlantis Computing

Presenting: I've got 99 Problems and Folder Redirection is Every One of Them

A user experience guy first and foremost, Aaron is an experienced End User Computing Solutions Architect with a long history delivering applications, desktops and end-user compute devices. Awarded Citrix Technology Professional (since 2012) and Microsoft MVP in App-V (2011,2012,2013,2014,2015) for community involvement and contributions with blogging and regular speaking at events including Citrix Synergy (US/EU), BriForum (US/EU), E2EVC and the UK Citrix User Group.

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Ian Parker, Senior Webservices Architect, Thomson Reuters

Presenting: VMware Horizon Performance, and Getting the Most Out of the SysInternals Tools

Ian Parker is a Senior Webservices Architect employed in the Tax and Accounting division of Thomson Reuters. He is part of a group that designs, builds, and maintains a XenApp infrastructure that supports over 18,000 users located around the world. He specializes in performance, scalability, and application acquisition / deployment issues.

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Andy Paul, Director of Outsourcing Delivery

Presenting: Designing your Citrix XenApp 7.6 Solutions: A- Z

Andy is an accomplished virtualization architect, instructor, speaker, writer, geek, and all around great guy! He has designed and delivered virtualization projects for Fortune 500 companies, public and private healthcare organizations, and higher-education institutions. He has also served as a lead technical trainer, adjunct professor and guest speaker for multiple organizations. Andy has recently presented at BriForum Boston 2014 and Citrix Synergy Orlando 2015.

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Adam Platt, Software Engineer, API Systems, Inc.

Presenting: One Server to Rule Them All - How to Use PowerShell Desired State Configuration to Automate Your Environment

Adam Platt, a software engineer with 10 years of experience and a Microsoft Certified Professional, is API Systems' senior development resource and unofficial efficiency expert. Platt is a skilled coding linguist, able to deftly weave vendor APIs and his own code into a holistic, single pane of glass solution. He has successfully automated large-scale infrastructure deployments in addition to building API Systems' Bandwidth Estimator iOS app. Platt has a master's in software engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he remains in touch with the faculty and assists in AI behavior matching algorithm research.

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Nick Rintalan, Lead Architect, Consulting, Citrix

Presenting: The Worst Citrix and Microsoft "Best Practices" of All Time, v2.0, and Pods, Blocks, HCI, UCI…WTF?: Making Sense of All the Convergence Hype

Nick Rintalan is a Lead Architect in the Americas Consulting organization based out of San Francisco, CA. He has been with Citrix Consulting for the last 11 years, working on some of the largest Citrix deployments in the world. He has authored several well-known whitepapers such as "The Top 10 Items Found by Citrix Consulting on Assessments" and "Best Practices for XenDesktop and XenApp" (CTX132799). Nick has spoken at Synergy/iForum/Summit and BriForum over a dozen times on topics such as scalability and large farm design considerations. Before joining Citrix, Nick briefly worked for the IBM Software Group on the WebSphere development team. Nick received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Computer Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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Claudio Rodrigues, CTO, WTSLabs, Inc.

Presenting: NetScaler for Dummies: Everything You Need to Know to Break Away From WI / CSG

As the CEO at WTSLabs Inc., Claudio provides strategic direction and vision for the company. He is also an active consultant and architect, and specializes in Server Based Computing and Windows Architectures. He is the author of many technical articles on the subject, and has been working with enterprise class environments for more than 14 years; mostly in North America, South America, and Europe. Claudio also claims to be the BriForum GeekOut Master Champion having won it three times in a row, and for that reason, is banned from it by Brian Madden himself.

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Darwin Sanoy, Packaging Automation Specialist, CSI-Windows.com

Presenting: Windows Packagers Forecast: DevOps Winds Are Blowing

Darwin loves to devise robust tools that tackle the complex problems facing IT pros every day. A systems thinker by nature, Darwin revels in the intricate thinking required to build practical and effective solutions. Darwin is a recognized leader in application management and he writes, speaks, blogs, trains, consults (and sometimes dreams) about applications.

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Greg Shields, Author Evangelist, Pluralsight

Presenting: Automating RDS Deployment and Scaling with VMM Service Templates

Greg Shields is Author Evangelist with Pluralsight. With nearly twenty years of IT experience, Greg is one of the world's leading experts on virtualization, cloud, and systems management technologies. Greg is a contributing editor and columnist for Microsoft TechNet Magazine, Redmond Magazine, Virtualization Review Magazine, has written over a dozen books, and has produced hundreds of hours of video training for PluralSight, CBT Nuggets, TechTarget, and the Redmond Media Group, among others.

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Joe Shonk, CTO, Thin Client Computing

Presenting: The Internet of Things (IOT)! Why It Matters and Why You Should Care, and Hyper-V over SMB 3.0 Second Edition

Joe Shonk is a veteran consultant well versed in virtualization technologies, storage, application and desktop delivery platforms, among others. Joe has presented at numerous venues and conferences including BriForum and Citrix's GeekSpeak. Joe is also a former Microsoft MVP, a current Citrix CTP and of course a former BriForum GeekOut game show champion!

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John Smith, Solutions Architect, ExtraHop Networks

Presenting: The Packet Games: Analytics and Troubleshooting On The Wire

John Smith has over 19 years of experience in IT, with the last 15 in a Sr. Architect level role. His background is as a generalist with extensive experience in Cisco switches and firewalls, as well as setting up SNA gateway. He has over 13 years of Citrix experience supporting back end XenDesktop and XenApp environments on ESX and Xen, and extensive Cloud-based experience with Netscaler. John also has experience as a senior Linux/Unix administrator; deploying and managing products including Weblogic, Resin, Apache, Tomcat, Snort, Oracle, MySQL, Nessus, and IPTables.

John became a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) in 2010, and maintains two blogs. He has recently set up event correlation with Extrahop and Solar Winds to consolidate logs from networking equipment and Extrahop leveraging Syslog, and Advanced Extrahop Triggers.

John brings over a dozen years of experience training and mentoring younger engieers to BriForum. He has functioned in a supervisory role as a technical manager/team lead for over ten years, and has managed everything from HR related issues and writing evaluations, to assisting with career planning.

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Ruben Spruijt, CTO, Atlantis Computing

Presenting: From the Fire Hose Series: Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown, and CTOs Perspective on the Workspace in 2020

Ruben Spruijt is Chief Technology Officer at Atlantis Computing, responsible for driving vision, technology envangelism, and thought leadership with Atlantis customers, partners, and communities. Mr. Spruijt is a well-regarded author, speaker, market analyst, technologist, and all-around geek. An established industry leader and luminary, he is one of only a few individuals in the world to hold three prestigious virtualization awards: Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), and VMware vExpert.

Ruben has presented more than 150 sessions at national and international events such a BriForum, Citrix iForum Japan, Citrix Synergy, Gartner Catalyst, Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft TechEd, NVIDIA GTC, and VMworld. Mr. Spruijt founded several independent industry analysis bodies including Project Virtual Reality Check (VRC), Team Remote Graphics Experts (TeamRGE), AppVirtGURU, and written and co-authored multiple disruptive "Smackdown" research whitepapers. Mr. Spruijt is based in the Netherlands where he lives with his wife and three kids.

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David Stafford, Head of Enterprise Technology, Dropbox

Presenting: I, For One, Welcome Our New Enterprise Consumer Overlords

Making his 5th BriForum speaking appearance, David is a passionate enterprise IT guy who joined Dropbox after long stints at VMware, Cisco and Dow Corning. When not playing air-guitar at Barenaked Ladies concerts, he can be found showing off where he's from in Michigan by using his hand as a map or geeking out with his beautiful wife and two young sons.

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Vladimir Stoyanov, Principal Software Engineer, Microsoft

New Insights and Advanced Deployment Tips for Azure RemoteApp: Directly from the Microsoft Engineering Team

Vladimir is a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft on the Remote Desktop Services team. He joined the team in 1997, and has worked on various technologies of RDP, including printing, port, USB and file redirection, graphics encoding, multi-user subsystem, and many others. Most recently, Vladimir has started working on Azure RemoteApp service in particular on data analysis, telemetry and diagnostics, as well as implementing connectivity and authentication for the service.

Prior to Microsoft, Vladimir worked in an ISP as a software engineer in Bulgaria. Prior to that, he worked as an embedded software design engineer for a communications company.

Vladimir has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Michael Thomason, CTO, ThinLaunch, LLC

Presenting: VDI Version 2: Creating an Experience So Superior, Users Will Think They Are Running on Physical Desktops

Michael Thomason is currently the Chief Technical Architect for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, specializing in Microsoft and virtualization technologies. He has over 22 years of experience in the computer industry, specializing in systems infrastructure management, desktop/server/application deployment, systems automation, and development. Michael has a unique ability to use the proper technology to solve real-world business challenges. He is an author of numerous tools, utilities, and application delivery systems. He created the virtual desktop at Emory Healthcare's where all applications were delivered virtually, and was a major driver of Emory Healthcare's virtual storage project which offers users limitless storage. Michael remains on the board for ThinLaunch software where he drives product innovation. He has consulted with hundreds of companies worldwide to further their knowledge and acceptance of the new virtual world.

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Benny Tritsch, Elder Geek, DrTritsch.com

Presenting: Lego for Geeks: Hardware Building Blocks for Great VDI Test Labs, AWS AppStream vs. Azure RemoteApp: A Technical Smackdown, and Computer Graphics and Multimedia: A Survival Guide for IT Pros

Dr. Benny Tritsch is the Chief Technology Officer with bluecue consulting in Germany. He is a principal consultant, market analyst, author, and all-around geek specializing in enterprise Windows remoting and virtualization solutions. His areas of expertise include: Remote Desktop Services, VDI, high-end graphics remoting, Hyper-V, enterprise Windows deployment tools and solutions, PowerShell for IT Pros, and user workspace management. Benny speaks around the world at several conferences each year, including Microsoft TechEd, Citrix Synergy, VMware VMworld, BriForum and E2EVC. He is also actively involved in communities like Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) and he has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 years. If you want to know more about Benny's community activities, check out his website http://drtritsch.com or follow him on http://twitter.com/drtritsch.

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Jeroen van de Kamp, CTO, Login Consultants

Presenting: CTOs Perspective on the Workspace in 2020

As Chief Technology Officer, Jeroen van de Kamp (1972) is responsible for defining and executing the technical strategy for Login Consultants. From the start, Jeroen has played a critical role in the technical growth and accredidation Login has accumulated over the years. He has developed several core solutions which allow Login Consultants to easily differentiate in the infrastructure consulting market.

Jeroen is also responsible for several well-known publications like the Flex Profile Kit, TCT Templates, & "The black hole effect". Because of his contribution to the technical community, van de Kamp is recognized as a thought-leader in the application delivery industry, and has become a residential speaker for seminar likes Briforum, Citrix Solution Summit, and many others. He is one of the 25 members worldwide who participate in the exclusive "Citrix Technology Professional" program. Jeroen is still engaged with the strategic key accounts for Login Consultants; defining and realizing an all-encompassing strategy for the application, desktop and server deliver infrastructures. Previous to his positions as CTO at Login Consultants, Jeroen held positions as Infrastructure Architect at Login Consultants; IT Consultant at QFace ICT and IT specialist at ASG de Veer.

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TJ Vatsa, Principal Architect, VMware

Presenting: How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Implement Best Practices in VMware Horizon PCoIP Deployments

TJ Vatsa is Principal Architect and CTO Ambassador at VMware, representing the End User Computing Professional Services organization. TJ has been working at VMware since 2010 and has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. He is involved in key enterprise customer projects and strategy meetings with the IT leaders. As part of the role he also has the opportunity to collaborate with different teams within VMware. TJ has focused on enterprise architecture and applied his extensive experience to cloud computing, virtual desktop infrastructure, SOA planning and implementation, functional/solution architecture, enterprise data services, and technical project management. Catch TJ on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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Drew Walz, Director of Systems Architecture, nGenx Corporation

Presenting: Can't Fix Your Application Issue? Try to Break It Instead! and Sequence Like a Boss

Drew has worked with multi-tenant, remote application hosting technologies for over 12 years. He has designed, implemented, and supported large scale application delivery environments. He has a particular passion for automation, and for making problematic apps and services "just work" for multi-tenancy.

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Ryan Will, Systems Architect II, nGenx

Presenting: Sequence Like a Boss and Can't Fix Your Application Issue? Try to Break It Instead!

Ryan Will has been with nGenx for over 7 years where he works in application delivery. He specializes in App-V and making applications work in a multi-tenant environment. He has a passion for application delivery and has been soaking up every bit of information he can. He loves working through the issues that come with applications and tackling them down. He has certifications from Citrix and Microsoft. He has a blog at www.RyanWill.com.

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Dane Young, Virtualization Practice Manager, Entisys

Presenting: The Sky's the Limit with HP Moonshot and Citrix WorkspacePod and What Can Citrix Workspace Cloud Do for You?

Dane Young (@youngtech) is a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), VMware vExpert, technology enthusiast and Virtualization Practice Manager specializing in application, desktop, and server virtualization technologies from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. Dane maintains a virtualization focused blog that can be found at blog.itvce.com. He holds a number of certifications along with a Master of Business Administration and Management Information Systems degrees.

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Conference chair & keynote speaker

Brian Madden Brian Madden  
Independent Analyst, Blogger and Author, BrianMadden.com

Brian Madden is known throughout the world as a highly-opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert. He has been ranked the #1 speaker at VMworld, Citrix Synergy, and past Storage Decisions conferences.

He's written and edited six books and over 2,000 articles about desktop virtualization. (Brian's most recent book, The New VDI Reality, was published in May 2013.) His blog (www.brianmadden.com) receives millions of visitors per year and is a leading source for conversation, debate, and discourse about the end user computing industry.

Brian flies over 200,000 miles per year speaking and consulting for around the world. Brian has been written about in Wired Magazine, heard on NPR, quoted in The Economist, and been a guest on dozens of different podcasts throughout the world.