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JNUC 2019 session submission now open!

The Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) is coming back to Minneapolis in 2019 from November 12 to 14. And as we’ve done for nearly a decade, we’re inviting you to join us as an attendee or if you’re game, a speaker!

We have always been a community-driven conference. We are joined by the top Apple talent in the world, who provide a diverse and best-in-class perspective on managing Mac, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV devices. And many of the people you see out there presenting are living and breathing the same challenges as you. They build complex workflows, write scripts, and help build a bigger and stronger community.

Does that sound like stuff you do? If so, you should join us as a presenter!

Submit your proposal to speak at the Jamf Nation User Conference today.

Who should submit a presentation?

To put it simply: You.

If you’re still reading, you really want us to talk you into submitting a proposal! So, who are we looking for? We want people who are enthusiastic about pushing the Apple community forward. We want people who have solved problems. But most importantly, we want people to share their journey.

Maybe you’ve never spoken at a conference. That’s cool. Experience as a speaker, the company you work at or your title are not prerequisites. In fact, when we review presentations, we hide those fields and the presenter’s name in order to eliminate bias in the process. And we provide as much enablement and support as you need in order to make you feel comfortable taking the stage at the largest Apple admin conference in the world.

We hope this goes without saying, but we want to see you succeed!

Topics we'd love to see

Jamf provides a framework for device management. As such, the use cases are as varied as our customers. And we like our customers to hear how other customers use our products. In fact, we like to hear how you’re using our products so we can build better solutions to your problems!

We pay attention to what’s changing at Apple, trends in how devices and content are being consumed, and how our products interact with the ecosystem of products that integrate with yours.

The basics

There are many attendees who are new to Jamf. That means there is always a contingent who haven’t written scripts, would love to hear more about the inner-workings of mobile device management (MDM) and agent-based management, how to get devices out of a box and into a coworker’s hands, and of course, scoping elegant and effective policies.

We always need fresh perspectives on old concepts, and as the industry evolves, we want to be as inclusive as we can across the emerging set of tools and products our customers use. To help spark your idea factory:

  • How-tos and best practices on implementing pretty much any Apple feature en masse
  • Apple deployment programs
  • In-house app distribution
  • Industry-specific management practices that provide an excellent experience to your coworkers or students

In general, there’s a lot of value in your journey and perspective. So, don’t think we only want hard core, source-code editing types of presentations!

Building a scalable enterprise Apple deployment

Scale is funny. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. What’s the best way to get all of your devices enrolled, managed and meet your security posture? The conversation evolves but the fundamentals stay the same. Some specific topics we’d love to cover:

  • Scoping policies
  • Extension attributes
  • When to use profiles versus scripts
  • Planning for and implementing distribution points and cloud integrations
  • Integrating with third party solutions

Security

We’ve had a few talks over the years on security topics, but this year we want to see how people are securing systems while enabling their coworkers. In most mature organizations, this involves a layered approach to information security. And Jamf certainly plays a part in that. Tell us how! Some of the things we’re thinking of?

  • DLP and piping your events into standardized SIEMs
  • Malware scanning and remediation
  • Translating compliance frameworks such as CIS and Mitre ATT&CK into reports and dashboards
  • Disaster recovery
  • Conditional access and the impact of security posture

Education

Many of our sessions are applicable to a lot of different industries. But education requires a bit more intention towards that intersection between where Apple devices and students meet. There's a constant balancing act of enabling students to experience the world, while also protecting them from letting their curiosity put them into a situation where they can’t access the resources they need to get their homework done.

Some areas we’re thinking about (but please feel free to delight us with even better topics):

  • Using Jamf to manage classroom devices
  • Apple Classroom
  • Designing experiences for teachers and parents
  • Scaling the size of your Apple fleet on a budget
  • Shared devices and single user device workflows

Identity

Last year, Jamf acquired NoMAD to become Jamf Connect. But Identity isn’t just how you log into devices (yes, we’d still like to see how you do that of course.) But what are the unique considerations, from designing to scripting and team collaboration. We’ve heard from a number of customers for sessions on:

  • SAML, OpenID
  • Login Window
  • Setup assistants
  • Jamf Connect
  • Beyond configuring Jamf Pro – crafting the experience

Building effective teams

Many of our customers have rapidly evolving and growing teams! Maybe you’ve been managing Apple-centric teams for years. Maybe you’re a manager new to Apple with some experiences to share of how you planned your deployment. Maybe you work for someone really good at managing people and want to share how your team works. Some things we’ve been thinking about:

  • What kind of team have you found success with?
  • How do you communicate with your team and do you have any integrations with Jamf to help facilitate that?
  • Who are your stakeholders and how do you collaborate with them?
  • How do you manage projects?
  • Budgeting for Apple
  • Dashboards, business intelligence and actionable data

This isn’t an exhaustive list of topics, so don’t feel like you have to submit a talk on any of the above. We love being enchanted by proposals we’ve never even thought about. Just think about the challenges you’ve faced. And dragons you’ve conquered. There’s a very high chance there are peers in the industry struggling with the same thing — and they would benefit from, at a minimum, knowing they’re not alone.

How to submit

Once you feel comfortable with your submission, go to the submission form. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us and we’re always happy to talk through the process.

The call for proposals will be open for a couple of months. The last day for submissions is June 24, but submit sooner rather than later. We usually get hundreds of submissions but try to let you know before the price increase on July 18.

Once we announce speakers, we’ll ask that you turn in presentations early so we can review and do a trial run with a couple of Jamf’s before the event. This really sets you up for success and we’ve found doing this kind of peer review to be a great career development point for one another!

We can’t wait to see what our amazing community comes up with and review the submissions! And we can’t wait for yet another amazing Jamf Nation User Conference!