If you haven’t signed up for MacWorld/MacIT, then now is the time to do it. The MacIT site is now flush with speakers, many of which are welcomed new faces to the community!
Who would have thought back when Apple introduced iTunes as the tool to manage your click wheel iPod that iTunes would eventually be listed on an actual IT conference page in the same bullet as the word Enterprise? Back then we were all still trying to figure out why Metallica hated Napster. But with the advent of iOS a shift has occurred in our community and I think that the MacIT conference overview gives that shift as much attention as any I’ve seen. And with it, a few new speakers.
I am also stoked to see that Chip Pearson, the CEO of JAMF, will be keynoting the event. I love the idea that it’s one of our own. I also love the fact that we haven’t forgotten about Xsan, still managing to shoehorn such a product into a conference half dominated by talks about iOS. And the conference should be dominated with talks about iOS because at the end of the day, the Macs are deployed and the strategy is there and it isn’t changing as rapidly. Although it is changing pretty quickly in and of itself. Creating extension attributes to track Adobe cloud IDs or getting ready to track IDs for MS 365 extensions? That’ll probably be on the slate next year… And that talk about Xsan, there’s an equal number of talks about OS X Server as there are about Xsan. And that is about as many talks on OS X Server as any conference has these days.
Overall, I like the fact that MacIT is going strong and would have loved to be there again this year. Having spoken in the past, I highly recommend a visit to the bay area for the mother of all Mac events! And please, if you find yourself at Dave’s, have a little Jägermeister for me…