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NerdioCon Nerd Icon: Neil McLoughlin, Nerdio

It’s hard to believe this year’s NerdioCon event will be well underway at this time next week. We can’t wait to see those who will join us in gorgeous Cancun, Mexico. We’ve prepared a jam-packed agenda full of insightful and educational content to help MSPs level up their businesses in 2022! 

Until then, we are happy to showcase our next Nerd Icon who will be presenting a breakout session at this year’s conference – Nerdio’s own Field Chief Technical Officer in the UK, Neil McLoughlin! Learn more about Neil and what he’ll be speaking about next week in our quick + fun interview below. 

What has your career journey been like and how did you come to be in your current role?   

  • My career journey has been pretty traditional – I skipped university to start my career in IT, and my first job was performing a Windows 3.11 to Windows NT4.0 migration (I am showing my age here!). From there, I have had various roles over the years. I went from help desk to desktop support to server support and then eventually ended up in the VDI space which I loved as it involved both server and desktop technologies. I spent around 10 years in the on-prem Citrix consulting space before making the switch to Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) around the same time it was released. I spent 12 months on various consulting engagements deploying AVD environments and quickly heard about and saw the power of Nerdio. I am quite active in the VDI/EUC community, so I was very vocal about how awesome Nerdio was… and the rest is history! They approached me to be the UK Field CTO and help expand their market in the UK. It’s the best decision I ever made! 

Can you share more about what you will be speaking about at NerdioCon 2022 and why the topic(s) is so relevant for partners right now?  

  • I will be talking about image management at NerdioCon 2022! It’s something that MSPs really struggle when doing it natively within Azure and it is something that Nerdio makes so easy, quick and painless. Image management is a key component of any deployment as it defines  security and user experience so it’s something which you need to get right.  

What is one trend impacting MSPs you think will be an even bigger focus / topic this year?   

  • I think Azure AD and MEM/Intune are going to have a huge impact this year. For the first time ever, we can now fully deploy an Azure Virtual Desktop workload where we don’t need any server infrastructure whatsoever. This enables us to deploy quicker, cheaper, and be a lot more flexible in our deployments. It’s also something which Microsoft is heavily investing in, so I am looking forward to seeing where it goes.  

Where can our audiences find + follow you on social? 

Eager to learn more or plan your conference stay? Check out the full NerdioCon 2022 agenda, speaker list, and sponsor lineup at http://www.nerdiocon.com ahead of the event commencing Monday, February 21st.  

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