Curt had the opportunity to visit Apple's mothership in Cupertino this week along with 9 other IT leaders from Illinois schools. In depth briefings on Wi-Fi network design, mobile device management, Apple Care products and services, Apple's work with schools on national testing standards and practices, Apple IT support, company culture and history, and roundtable discussions among group members were featured activities. Though not all sessions were directly applicable to Lab, many were, and will yield productive ideas and action steps to add value to IS services. The group also got a good look at the model for "AC2", the second campus being built.
A few in the group received a pleasant surprise and were able to take a field trip to Skywalker Ranch and spend a couple of hours with Dennis Leonard, one of the top sound engineers in the entertainment industry. He walked us through a couple of scenes from films he'd done while working on "The Polar Express." The group will never again take movie sound for granted after getting a glimpse of how intricate each frame of film can be from Dennis' perspective. Thanks to Lab, Apple, and the good folks of Lucasfilms for making this trip possible.