Our picks for the best iPad sessions at MacWorld’s MacIT conference

January 26, 2012
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This year for the first time ever, IDG’s World Expos group is joining MacWorld with a brand new enterprise-oriented event named the MacIT Conference. This conference, which takes place in San Francisco from January 26 to January 28, 2012, consists of a series of speaker sessions that will focus on enterprise adoption, use, and strategy of the iPad.

Here are our bookmarks for sessions serious tablet evangelists will want to attend. We’re using the session descriptions from the MacIT conference site.

TabTimes editor George Jones will be in attendance at MacIT and MacWorld. Drop him a line via Twitter @tabtimes.

January 26, 2012

11:10 – 11:40am
ITMB1: Quick iPad Apps Developed with Innovative Software Tools

Speakers: Jeff Moore, Database Administrator, City of Austin (TX)
Ryan Rosenberg, VP Marketing and Services, FileMaker, Inc.
The City of Austin (TX) put iPads in the hands of service employees, deployed apps to eliminate binders of paper forms, saved countless hours of time, and raised customer satisfaction. Learn how they leveraged FileMaker database software to quickly develop and deploy these business apps. Thanks to their choice of intuitive tools and very fast time-to-market, the City’s IT team saw more than 200 percent ROI. Learn how their innovative approach can help you quickly and easily create iOS business apps.

3:20pm – 4:05pm
IT831: iOS in the Government: A Study of iPad Deployment within the Government

Speaker: Justin Rummel, Sr. Project Manager, Qivliq Commercial Group
This session will lead a case study review of deploying Apple iPad 2 within the Pentagon for executive use. Learn about security requirements that needed to be addressed, infrastructure obstacles, and the social aspect of getting new technology through the Pentagon's approval process.

4:10pm – 4:55pm
IT841: Enterprise Certificate Management for iOS Devices

Speaker: Joe Pezzillo, Co-Founder/CEO, Push IO
Code signing remains one of the most difficult parts of iOS development for even the most seasoned developers. In this session, the process of creating and managing certificates and provisioning profiles for distribution of your applications to ad-hoc user groups and throughout your enterprise. The class will also cover the Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) and iPhone Configuration Utility features.

January 27, 2012

2:50pm – 3:35pm
IT881: BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

Speaker: John Welch, Director of IT, The Zimmerman Agency
With the explosion in iOS device usage at all levels of business, many companies and their IT departments have been caught off guard. Many are scrambling to find budget to purchase devices, and people to manage them, to avoid an influx of personal devices being used for work.

The question is, why not let people use their own devices? The management infrastructure for iOS is mature enough that with relatively little work on a company's part, and some collaboration with employees, you can allow people to use their own devices in a reliable manner. Avoid the expense of yet another cycle of hardware replacements, and employees carrying multiple identical devices. Everyone can be happy, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune.

3:40pm – 4:25pm
IT892: Assignment Submissions for Loaner iPads

Speaker: John Turner, Chief Technologist, Assistronics, LLC
Every day more schools are buying iPads to loan out to students. And after deciding what cool apps to install the conversation turns to “How are we going to get the students work off the device?” At present there isn't a clear way for all applications to share data. Some apps support Dropbox, some printing, but most apps support email. So the question is how to identify iPad users and make sure their email is configured on the devices with the least effort from the user and the IT staff.

We designed an architecture that includes a checkout system that provides email credentials, which are used to build a custom iOS device profile that can be pushed to the device. In addition there is a custom SMTP gateway that filters emails from devices and can be used to support an implementation without custom profiles. The architecture was designed for a K-12 school system to support over 1000 iPads being added during the next school year. The system is still in development and not all components are fully implemented and tested.

Attendees will learn several ways to allow students that are borrowing iPads to submit assignments without requiring manual syncing.

January 28, 2012

9:50 am – 9:45 am
IT8102: Building a Low-cost Easy-to-Manage SMB Office Solution Using the iPad

Speaker : Cliff Miller, Chief Marketing Officer, Splashtop Inc.

iPad + Mac and Windows Server can be the foundation of a PC-less workplace. Creating private business clouds through remote desktop technology can help SMB’s be more successful.

This session will explore the advantages of accessing computers remotely from the iPad to dramatically reduce time and costs for SMB’s to:

  • Easily create a nimble and mobile computing environment
  • Ensure highly manageable IT departments
  • Improve competitive success in a challenging economy
  • Learn how to choose the right computing solution for a business

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