Meet the Parallels Team at WMUG in London

Guest Post by Ian Appleby, Northern Europe Territory Manager, Cross Platform Solutions at Parallels


“I attend a lot of Microsoft-focused and Windows-centric events and meetings, and I am amused to be greeted quite often with, “What are you doing here? Aren’t you the Mac guys?” (I always wear my Parallels shirt—I’d be hopeless at undercover work.) It’s like Mac® and Windows are a pair of exclusive membership clubs, like a Venn diagram just showing two circles side by side. Of course, we all know that in the real world, there are no such strong boundaries.

I am absolutely delighted that Parallels is sponsoring the next WMUG (Windows Management User Group) meeting at the Microsoft Reactor in London on Monday, 25 February, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. I’ll be there if Microsoft lets this Mac guy into the building. I’m truly a Windows guy at heart. Don’t get me wrong, I love my shiny, sleek, lightweight, boots-in-seconds, Mac. But honestly, I spend much of my day in Excel (in Windows), in PowerPoint (in Windows), in Outlook (in Windows)…but I like to work with these on my Mac.

I am not an Apple® fanboy—I’m not a Microsoft fanboy for that matter, either—but I am a technology fanboy, and I’m a real fan of cooperation and seeing things (and people) working together. That’s why I’m really looking forward to being in the WMUG room on 25 February.

I’m the Mac guy who wants to help you run Windows on your Mac. I’m the Mac guy with a plug-in for your beloved Microsoft SCCM that will help you manage Mac through your existing SCCM infrastructure. I’m the Mac guy who wants to talk Windows and Microsoft. I understand that Microsoft is the dominant force out there in business and education, and Mac is a small but significant—and unmanaged—minority causing all sorts of compliance headaches.

So Parallels is sponsoring WMUG because we belong there, because you are our people, our constituency, and we want to be friends…that’s why lunch is on us!”

We look forward to seeing you at WMUG on Monday the 25th of February 2019 9:30 AM until 3PM. If you don’t have time to attend, check out our weekly Webinars about how to manage Mac devices like PCs with Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM.