As the proliferation of Apple devices in education and enterprise continues to accelerate, many IT shops are unprepared or underprepared to support the sudden influx of Macs, iPhones, and iPads in their workplace. For example, K-12 schools are planning massive 1:1 deployments of iPads and MacBooks to students and teachers. Colleges and universities are embracing BYOD (bring your own device) by offering facilities and services to enable connectivity anywhere, any time. Corporations are under ever-increasing pressure to support Apple platforms, both on their employees’ desks and in their travel bags.

To address this issue, employees need adequate training. The MacAdmins Conference at Penn State was founded to meet this training need. MacAdmins is the premier conference for anyone who deploys and manages Macs and iOS devices in any environment, and will be held July 7-10 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in University Park, PA. The event will feature five full-day workshops on July 7, 60 breakout sessions on July 8-10, and networking events throughout the conference. Topics include Mac deployment tools, system monitoring, mobile device management solutions for iOS devices, programming for system administrators, and more.

“We saw a need for professional training opportunities on Apple’s platforms,” said Dave Test, Group Leader of Technology Classrooms at Penn State and MacAdmins Conference team member.  “Apple devices have become commonplace at work and in the classroom, yet many IT shops struggle to support and integrate those devices into their services.  So we decided to create an event to help system administrators and support techs who are new to Apple’s platforms, as well as those who are Mac and iOS veterans.”

Now in its sixth year, the MacAdmins Conference has grown from a one-day event to one of the largest Apple and IT related conferences in existence, with over 600 attendees from around the U.S. and the world. It is also one of the most affordable.

This year’s $600 registration fee includes one full-day workshop; three days of breakout sessions; breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the event; and three evening events created to provide networking opportunities as well as fun for the attendees.

The low price of the conference is made possible by the support of industry-leading sponsors like JAMF Software, Quantum, Lynda.com, Sal Software, Twocanoes, Filewave, Code42, Absolute Software, Promise Technologies, and more. For more information including the full agenda and registration links, please visit http://macadmins.psu.edu.

For inquiries on the event, please e-mail macadmins-conf@psu.edu.

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