UK Citrix User Group XVII Review: Fun in the Sun

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Building on our entitlement to drink beer or cider while having a meal the UK Citrix User Group made use of the weather and London’s 30 Euston Square’s very swank roof terrace to be all sophisticated. Thanks to our excellent sponsors (AppEnsure, AppSenseAtlantis Computing, eg Innovations ExtraHop, FS Logix, PernixData, Liquidware Labs, Nutanix,  UniDesk and Uniprint), this was the 17th free-to-attend user group meeting.

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The Steering Group would like to thank all the presenters for their time, effort and engaging presentations: especially for those presenting for the first time. Thanks as ever to the 3D-realtime attendees for providing interesting and useful questions, and for attending; always great to meet and greet new faces (and there were lots this time) we look forward to seeing you again.  Thanks also to those attending on-line via Go-to-Webinar

Who attends UK Citrix User Group events? As a quick stats run down… it is mainly end users of attendees on the day but, you know here in the UK, we love to be inclusive :-

  • 72% end users/partners – we did see lots of new faces (looked to be almost half which was very interesting). Also nice to see old ones who made the trek down/across/up.
  • 9% from Citrix good to see you guys as always. As Jane Rimmer mentions in her review of the XVII UK Citrix User Group event a user group needs the support and focus from the vendor to be successful and we appreciate your contibution.
  • 19% came from a Sponsor
  • The rest put “other” for those of you who like completeness.

Again, thanks to our sponsors for this free-to-attend event, especially Liquidware for the very lovely lunch, Uniprint and Appensure for coffee and Atlantis Computing for the drinks at the end.

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Welcome to the new UK Citrix User Group!

Welcome!

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Welcome to the new-look UK Citrix User group!

Introducing the UK Citrix User Group

A few dedicated Citrix engineers and consultants decided the UK had gone without a proper Citrix user group for long enough. So over a beer, a plan was hatched and the results of which you are now reading. It’s still early days, but it’s a start and we look forward to growing the group to become an established part of the Citrix community in the UK over the next few years.

Meetings

We don’t want the group to become a London-only user group, and plan to hold meetings around the country. We welcome suggestions on suitable venues and you can post your own suggestions in the various regional group forums.

Membership

Membership is currently free, although we are investigating the option of having a tiered membership system where a paid membership gives you a number of additional benefits such as discounts on Citrix courses and exams, and access to the Citrix Community Lab infrastructure.

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UK Citrix User Group XVI-Spring into Edinburgh

The Citrix UK User Group XVI was held in Edinburgh. We are now legally entitled to drink beer or cider while having a meal (as long as someone else buys it). Which is handy, because thanks to our excellent sponsors (AppEnsure, AppSenseAtlantis ComputingExtraHop, FS Logix, PernixData, Liquidware Labs, UniDesk and Uniprint) that was exactly the case. We’re also entitled to fly a glider: which is nice.

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The Steering Group would like to thank all the presenters for their time, effort and engaging presentations: even if some of those were practice runs for Citrix Synergy. It was an absolute pleasure to host our first session in Scotland. Thanks to the elders of Edinburgh for organising all of the different types of weather to give a full view of the delights that Scotland can give.  Thanks also to the 3D-realtime attendees for providing interesting and useful questions, and for attending; always great to meet and greet new faces and we look forward to seeing you again. We appreciate the feedback from all those who made the arduous amble from Glasgow. To those 20+ on-line – appreciate the hellos when we asked, and apologies for phasing in and out. We had audio facilities but our national grid interface was faulty so likely you missed a chunk of the afternoon. If I said it was awesome that’s not going to help, so I won’t.

Who are the Big Heroes at the UK Citrix User Group events? Quick stats run down… it is mainly end users of attendees on the day but, you know here in the UK, we love to be inclusive. For our first event in Scotland :-

  • 70% end users/partners – up from the last event and of course outside of London we do see lots of new faces. But some old ones who made the trek down, glad we could help make your journey home shorter.
  • 10% from Citrix – down from the last event – although, bless them, a lot of new ex-Citrix employees turned up anyways and contributed as if they were. Kudos.
  • 15% came from a vendor – although the slide which came up said 10%. No one spotted the maths didn’t add up; or were too polite. Given it was Edinburgh I’m going for the latter.
  • The rest put “other” for those of you who like completeness.

Again, thanks to our sponsors (AppEnsure, AppSenseAtlantis ComputingExtraHop, FS Logix, PernixData, Liquidware Labs, UniDesk and Uniprint) for this free-to-attend event, the very lovely lunch, and drinks at the end.  I’ll admit we do challenge our presenting sponsors by giving them a 15 minute slot, but well done to Atlantis Computing and Pernix Data for focusing their content to fit the time, and an extra mention to Pernix Data for their excellent giveaway – Ross, its in the post.

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