TechNet Webcast: Optimizing Desktop Management with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization

You like Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization.  Your buddy likes System Center Configuration Manager.  So what happens when you take one great product and mix it with another?  Just like your favorite peanut butter filled chocolates, you get two great products that work great together.

Join us as we present another exciting TechNet Webcast on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 1:00 PM Pacific Time.  Our topic will be Optimizing Desktop Management with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization presented by the esteemed duo of Mr. Jeff Wettlaufer and Mr. Chad Jones.  The full details, including how to register, are below:


Language(s): English.

Product(s): System Center.

Audience(s): IT Professionals.

Duration: 60 Minutes

Start Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Event Overview

One of the biggest challenges IT departments face in today's organization is reducing the cost of managing their desktops. Broader demands from the business, fast-paced technology cycles, and increasing security threats place a heavy demand on IT departments to deliver higher value at a lower cost. IT teams must test for application compatibility, maintain user productivity, keep track of assets, secure the desktop, and more.

The answer to these challenges is to improve desktop optimization. Reduction of desktop complexity speeds deployments, streamlines management, and increases security. In this webcast, we discuss centralized deployment and management of desktops, laptops, and devices with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. When used in conjunction with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, management is extended across both physical and virtual desktops and applications resulting in the highest levels of efficiency for overall enterprise management.

Presenters: Jeff Wettlaufer, Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation, and Chad Jones, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Jeff Wettlaufer has been with Microsoft since 2001, where he has specialized in the deployment of enterprise infrastructure from the data center to the client. Jeff specializes in desktop deployment methodology, Windows and Microsoft Office technology, virtualization, and enterprise management. He is also involved in image strategy, maintenance, application portfolio, unattended builds, the Microsoft Office Resource Kit, and server management technologies, such as Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003, System Center Configuration Manager, and the Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment (BDD).

Chad Jones is currently a Senior Product Manager in the Windows Client Product Management Group.  He is responsible for Microsoft Application Virtualization (Formerly SoftGrid) available in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for SA. Mr. Jones joined Microsoft through the acquisition of Softricity, a Boston based ISV.  He is one of the creators of Softricity's second generation platform, SoftGrid.  As Senior Director Product Strategy, he contributed in several key areas within Softricity including strategic product planning, technical evangelism, companion product engineering, customer design reviews and market definition and positioning.  He was also responsible for the creation of the Return on Virtualization calculator which Forrester Research approved as the first accepted return on investment model for virtual applications. 

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J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer

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