SureSkills showcase Flexible Desktop at TechFire briefing
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SureSkills showcase Flexible Desktop at TechFire briefing

SureSkills showcase Flexible Desktop survey and two proof-of-concepts in TechFire management briefing.

The controversy over whether mobile technology and ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) is contributing to or improving the lot of the CIO has never been absent when technology managers meet, and TechFire: the Flexible Desktop was no different. The focused morning event took place at the Gibson Hotel, in Dublin’s Docklands last Tuesday 12th March and drew over 50 delegates. Sponsored by SureSkills, the session began with an opening address by Paul Hearns, Editor of ComputerScope, who outlined the technology issues and introduced a brief presentation by SureSkills CTO Kevin Reid, supported by Mike Hayes of Dell.

Over the past two years at SureSkills, it became clear that the demand for a new desktop was growing and spreading wider than could be addressed with a single conversation. As a result of feedback and interest, SureSkills took a decision to support a forum to facilitate the conversation with a wider audience.

It has never been more important for companies to understand the impact of mobile devices, BYOD and enabling workers to create success in the business. Equally, it has never been more important to get the most out of every investment made in IT—whether you are a veteran or brand new to flexible computing. The sessions and content in TechFire were tailored to help attendees quickly understand how to better manage, share and control a quality user desktop and mobile experience.

With this free morning event SureSkills gave IT Managers a chance to get clarity and consensus on their desktop computing strategy.

Paul Hearns of ComputerScope said “The TechFire series of events is very important to our readers as it provides a management overview of technology and services in a specific topic area, and where that area is going. The user experiences around proof of concepts and pilots are invaluable in providing real world examples. The initial feedback has been excellent and we thank SureSkills for its participation in this thought provoking and compelling session.”

Commenting on the event Kevin Reid CTO at SureSkills said: "The TechFire series offers executives and IT professionals alike the opportunity to hear from forward-thinking experts in a given field. This Flexible Desktop event was highly successful and feedback from the audience was exceptional. TechFire has become an event series to voice views and perspectives on the top issues and trends in computing. Being able to address IT decision makers and participate in the larger conversations with our peers & customers is invaluable to SureSkills."

Commenting on the event Ruaidhri McSharry Director of Service Management at SureSkills said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Mediateam on this unique conference. This conference was a perfect setting for us to share Flexible Desktop best practice and discuss the significant benefits associated with embracing the VDI – but also to fully investigate the pitfalls. Senior-level business leaders from public and private enterprises attending the management briefing were able to review strategy and direction for their desktop estates for 2013 and beyond. More importantly it was clear that the business value equation is critical to the success of any project – get it right from the start by ensuring that the decision and process is focused on the business and a value based return-on-investment.”

About TechFire:

TechFire is a new series of focused management briefings for IT professionals, from the publishers of ComputerScope, Ireland's leading IT journal; Irish Computer, the leading trade journal; and, their online home.

TechFire briefings are run in an interactive format: Paul Hearns, ComputerScope editor and moderator of the meetings, maintains the communication in the room. Slide presentations are limited to a maximum of fifteen minutes, with the emphasis on Q&A, discussion and information sharing. The end-user experience is a key focus at TechFire events. While the cost of these free-to-attend sessions is supported by IT vendors, the emphasis is firmly on impartial information to facilitate IT decision making.

The user experience is conducted in interview style by the moderator, before the panel discussion opens the event up to the floor, a highly interactive exchange.

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