As more businesses have brought Macs into the workplace, the community of Apple admins has grown. This year's JNUC is the software maker's fifth user conference. Attendance has grown steadily: there were 100 attendees in 2010, 250 in 2011, 350 in 2012, 700 in 2013 and 1,300 this time around.
Many attendees and JAMF staffers know each other. Jehan Aziz, manager of Apple services at National Geographic, talked about losing his colleague Scott Secrest to JAMF Software. Now a senior systems engineer at JAMF, Secrest introduced Aziz, whose session focused on custom workflows.
There were hugs exchanged on stage during the opening keynote. I've never seen that at other tech conferences. It seems like a tight community.
The social options at JNUC included athletic and nightclub events. There was a sunrise 5K run on Wednesday morning, and a party later that evening. I didn't attend Wednesday night's party, which was held at the legendary concert venue First Avenue (the setting for Purple Rain). But on Thursday, analgesics showed up among the freebie candies at JAMF Software help desks. I'm guessing it was a fun crowd and a fun night.
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