So with Christmas around the Corner it might be worth sitting back with a drink...... some nibbles.........and watching a darn good webcast before going to your Christmas party at work!
When I was compiling my section of the Technical Rollup (http://blogs.technet.com/trm ) I came across a really nice web cast! Sign up and put this in the calendar! I will also post about this the day before the webcast as a quick reminder!
Webcast: Optimizing Desktop Management with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization (Level 300)
Product(s): System Center.
Audience(s): IT Professionals.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Start Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 1:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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 a group product manager in the Windows Client Product Management group, where he is responsible for Microsoft SoftGrid and the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset. Before joining Microsoft, Chad helped create the Softricity second-generation platform, SoftGrid. As senior director of product strategy at Softricity, he contributed in several key areas, 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 (ROV) Calculator, which Forrester Research approved as the first accepted return on investment (ROI) model for virtual applications.
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