I arrived early for Citrix Synergy this year. I had anticipated a busy pre-conference schedule early on and boy… I was not disappointed!

TL:DR Summary

  • Updated the guide at https://ctxpro.com/synergytips
  • Attended an Executive (NDA) session with CTAs and CTPs
  • Reconnected with several folks
  • Met David Henshall (CEO)
  • Lots of people showed up at the CUGC Pre-Game
  • I met a ton of new people
  • Great time guiding first-timers at the Navigators Reception
  • Did two live videos and a few recorded sessions – exclusive behind the scenes videos at the Citrix Professionals Facebook Group.
  • No Announcements today; watch Twitter.com/TheXenMaster for those and retweet with #CitrixSynergy!
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The Synergy Recap so far

Day 0 for me followed a pretty long day -1 for me as I had flown in Sunday pretty early… so let's cover that quickly.

Day -1 Summary

I was on the plane with some folks from NComputing, which was fun. Yesterday I was actually given one of their Pis (Workspace Hub) at the CTP briefing.

A side view of the lime-green hued NComputing Workspace Hub

After a nap (I don't sleep well on planes), i got registration taken care of- you may have seen the tweets of the bags, but here's a preview:

The 2018 Citrix Synergy Backpack

I have to say I like this year's bag overall. I have downsized my laptop recently, so this fits my needs better. Note that feedback I have gotten is that this year's bag is way better than last year! I very much agree, better padding and it doesn't feel like it is constant trying to dislodge its rear compartment. Good work, Citrix Team.

So after picking up the badge and CTA jacket, I met up with some other CTAs and early arrivers to not only catch up but talk about the Lunch Table talks we are facilitating this week.

The Giveaway desk at Citrix Synergy

Early to bed Sunday night!

Synergy Day 0

CTA/CTP Executive Briefing

Day one started with breakfast and a two hour “what to expect” session where the CEO and other Citrix leadership were letting us know what was coming up and getting our feedback on several areas of operation. I can't discuss these much further, but I can tell you that the praises and concerns that have been voices to me were brought to the attention of the CEO of Citrix… Hard to ask for more of a great way to start, right?

Panoramic view of CTAs and CTPs gathered at Citrix Synergy

Lunch with CTAs and CUGC Leaders

I had an impromptu lunch with a few fellow CTAs and leaders, then was back at my hotel room to prep for the evening.

Live Streams

I decided to go live on Twitter to give a “what to expect when you walk in”.

I then did a Facebook Live behind the scenes tour of what is being set up at the Synergy Park and Expo Hall. To see that, you need to join our FB Group, Citrix Professionals.

CUGC Pre-Game Reception

This event far exceeded our expectations! So many of you were there and made it a point to say hi. I was very glad to be there. I handed out a good number of cards and connected with quite a few friends new and old!

And of course, a little bit of Introvert Power Punch (Alcohol) didn't hurt get conversations flowing. T-Shirts were given out and a good time had by all!

Navigators Reception

This was a very cool way for those that had either never been to Synergy our there after several years to learn what is new. Two hours went by in a flash as I met about 20 or so folks and gsve advice on sessions and themes to look for. My perception is that it was well received- if you were there I'd love to pass your feedback too the team, or just put your feedback into the Synergy App!


As I ended the day with some drinks first at the Marriott, then the Hyatt- I realized that I had talked myself horse. I'd been on my feet some 5 hrs straight, but I went to bed around 11 feeling fine.

What to expect next

Of course I woke up at 4am and started writing this blog… So we'll see what tomorrow brings! Remember to watch for live updates on Twitter and join our Facebook Group for another live session right before the Keynote!

Watch for Citrix demonstrating a much tighter strategy towards a practical Workspace. Cloud and Analytics will be another theme to watch. Remember you can live stream at live.citrixsynergy.com!

Oh… And if you are here- get to the registration desk early to see if they have any more of these pins:

My favorite Synergy button- "Have you tried turning it of and on again?"

I'm adding tips every day to my SynergyTips page! Today's tip is how to smooth out that CUGC T-Shirt!

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