Citrix Synergy 2015: Day 0

Synergy 2015

This year the Citrix Synergy fun already started on Sunday for me with CTP meetings that are hosted prior to the event. Being new to the program I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be two days filled with product updates and feedback requests from different Product Managers, Engineers and Architects. At some moments it was hard to stay focused as my mind was processing so much information. Not only from the presenters, but also the hands-on experience that was being shared by the other CTPs and the many interesting discussions that occured. I think my brain is still processing a lot of the information as today’s keynote triggered a lot of the eagerness to play with the new tech previews and releases that were announced. And that are all the details I will share on the CTP meeting ….. except for this one very special moment:


Having a full circle moment with Mark Templeton

It all started over seven years ago when I got the chance to attend my first Citrix Synergy in Orlando, Florida. With only a couple of years of experience with Citrix Presentation Server 4, I was looking forward to a lot of technical sessions to extend my knowledge of the Citrix portfolio. Starting with my first keynote I felt really inspired by Mark Templeton and the Citrix vision who were making the user experience their top priority and where not afraid to use it as a measurement for the success of their products and implementations. By the end of the keynote I knew I made a smart decision to become a Citrix specialist as I really could put my heart into it and wanted to share my knowledge with the world and connect with kindred spirits out there.

And now after seven years, I was able to tell Mark in person how much he inspired me to share my knowledge and share his story as well. Finally being able to say thank you in person …… and to top it off even more …… get my picture taken with Mark!

Me and Mark Templeton

Me and Mark Templeton

How’s that for a great start of Citrix Synergy 2015?!!


Esther Barthel
Solutions Architect at cognition IT

Esther has been working in different roles and functions as an IT consultant ever since she finished her Masters degree in Computer Science in 1997. She has worked as a web developer, database administrator, and server administrator until she discovered how Server-Based Computing ( SBC ) combined servers, desktops, and user experience in one solution. Esther has been specializing in virtualization solutions such as SBC, VDI, application, and server virtualization for over eight years now and is currently working as a Senior Consultant at PepperByte, where she designs and implements Citrix® solutions for both small-business and large-enterprise infrastructures scaling from 100 to 15,000 users.
In january 2014 her first book Citrix XenApp 6.5 Expert Cookbook was published by Packt Publishing.

Esther is awarded as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) from 2015 - 2017.
Esther is awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in 2017.

Esther is a Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization (CCE-V), Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility (CCP-M), Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N) and RES Software Certified Professional (RCP).