Event Schedule 2019 – Wed

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Talk to Event Sponsors, Collect Raffle Tickets, and More. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Breakfast Break 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Conference Registration 8:00 am – 10:00 am
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Welcome — Neil Ticktin 10:45 am – 11:00 am
Pacific Ballroom

MacTech Conference 2019 Host, Neil Ticktin, welcomes everyone, and lays out what’s going to happen for the week.

Keynote: That's amazing! Why Storytelling is Crucial to Tech, Business, and the World — Scott Knaster 11:00 am – 11:50 am
Best Practices: IT's Role in Delivering an Awesome Employee Experience — Naveen Pitchandi 11:15 am – 11:45 am
Pacific Ballroom

Every company knows you have to treat your customers right if you want to succeed. But organizations are realizing these days that the experience they provide their employees can have a massive impact on their ability to compete. The employee experience has become so important a factor, that it can affect critical business drivers like customer satisfaction, product quality, speed to market, etc. IT departments have an increasingly important role to play in the employee experience, which gives admins an opportunity to make a real difference to their organization, or client organizations.

Lunch 12:20 pm – 1:50 pm
Sol via Seascape
Looking Ahead: What Matters in Apple Device Management — Charles Edge 1:45 pm – 2:35 pm
Pacific Ballroom

Sometimes when you sit down to write the outline of a book, you spend most of your time analyzing trends first before you start to write anything. In other words, you build a story and then you articulate that story. In our latest book, A Unified Theory of Apple Device Management, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out what matters and what doesn’t matter in the Apple space. Contrast that approach with previous books where we’re documenting what’s been done. By analyzing trends and having perspective, you start to realize just how things have changed and what matters, what doesn’t matter, what’s a solved problem, what’s completely come off the table, and most importantly you start finding ways to future-proof the devices and rubrics you’ve built to support those devices. In this session, we’ll jump right on into that and look at WHAT we saw in our analysis, and WHY we decided to structure the book the way we did: as a lens to look into our reality … a representation of where we’re spending our time in our day jobs, and where we think we will over the coming few years.

QuickTalk: Fleetsmith — Zack Blum 2:30 pm – 2:35 pm
Looking at macOS Storage with 2020 Vision — Tim Standing 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Pacific Ballroom

This past couple of years has seen a ton of change in storage, with Apple’s rollout of APFS. That all continues to evolve, and during this next year, we will see many changes in the storage on macOS. For example, there will be the introduction of a read-only system volume, the introduction of U2 devices and faster PCIe storage cards and many significant advances in storage software. This talk will dive into these new technologies to navigate storage and help you use and prepare to adopt those technologies which are appropriate for your organization.

QuickTalk: Spoke — 3:45 pm – 3:55 pm
Break 3:55 pm – 4:25 pm
Watch Me Pull an Install Out of My Hat — Phil Goodman and Ben Levy 4:25 pm – 5:05 pm
Pacific Ballroom

Monolithic imaging is a parrot on its back at the bottom of its cage. macOS has moved on and the new term is provisioning. Using startosinstall, the Apple workflow for APFS devices to streamline deployment is incredibly powerful, customizable, portable and yet, disarmingly simple! You can install macOS, firmware updates, OS updates, a variety of packages, Profiles and scripts and achieve the kind of results that will make you shake your head at those who lament the loss of imaging. A single USB Flash or SSD drive can be used to start a wipe, OS install and installation of all necessary apps and packages for full customization in minutes without a server. Taking this even further with the open source TwoCanoes’ MDS, you can distribute USB drives to IT Staff (or even use the Two Canoes USB Automaton) to completely automate the process while you contemplate the unladen weight of a sparrow.

Dinner 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Harbor Terrace, 2nd Level
Get Ready for Dinner & Evening Excursion: Grab Jacket! 5:05 pm – 5:15 pm
An Evening of Technology, Water and Wonder: Aquarium of the Pacific 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Front of Hotel to Load Buses

An Evening of Technology, Water and Wonder
On Wednesday evening of MacTech Conference, we’ll be headed to the Aquarium of the Pacific to not only see this new wing, and the technology behind it, but the wonders this renowned aquarium brings. There will be both organized tours, as well as you can wander on your own in groups with special stations the Aquarium is putting together just for MacTech Conference attendees.

Earlier this year, Southern California saw the opening of an amazing technological achievement showcasing one of our worlds great wonders — the new wing of the Aquarium of the Pacific called “Pacific Visions”. In addition to more space, Pacific Visions houses a state-of-the-art immersive theater giving visitors the ability to “explore our relationship with our planet and alternative pathways to the future using the latest technology.”

With over 11,000 animals in 50 different exhibits, the Aquarium of the Pacific is the largest in Southern California—and the nation’s fifth largest overall. With over a million visitors each year, this Long Beach, CA aquarium Los Angeles’ third largest cultural attraction.

Even the Pacific Visions building itself is an impressive accomplishment in technology, architecture, and green building. From its complex glass-panel façade to its award winning environmental and sustainable design, Pacific Visions was conceived as an example of what aquariums could be in the future. It integrates “elements of science centers, arts venues, and museums to explore solutions to our world’s biggest challenges, including climate change and its impacts.”