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When Midwest Computech’s senior engineer Corey Bruce and I went to the 2015 Citrix Summit, one of the industry’s leading annual IT conferences, we had one main takeaway: The mobile work style will continue to be a trend in need of solutions.

For those of you who might not know, Citrix is a leading software mobility company. You’ve probably used its tools without even realizing it: GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, GoToAssist and ShareFile, to name a few. Offering solutions to a mobile work style is what the company does.

The concept of a mobile work style is basically that “work is not a place.” People should have the ability to work how and from where they want to work. The technology structure of small business/corporate America is changing. Employers and employees are demanding to be able to work from anywhere and to be able to work there efficiently. A large number of companies are lowering their financial overhead by allowing employees to work from home. This obviously allows businesses to have smaller office spaces or eliminate them all together.

Here are a few tools you can utilize to allow more location-based freedom for your employees, lower your overall costs and jump on the bandwagon:

1. XenaPP: This Citrix product allows users to log in to their work networks and launch applications anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Users can have the same experience from any location, whether it is connecting to a company shared drive, Microsoft Office or another third-party application. Xenapp decreases workarounds and keeps all of the company’s information securely on the company server. If a device is lost or stolen, the user can simply purchase a new device and get back to work right away.

2. XenDesktop: With Xendesktop, another Citrix product, users have their full desktop with all of their personalized settings and programs available to them anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. For example, at the 2015 Citrix Summit, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton used his iPhone connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard to launch Windows 8 and fully navigate and operate Microsoft Office and a 3-d CAD program over a 4G connection. In a room full of tech nerds, it’s important to note that he received a standing ovation for this. Why? Because, basically, this technology makes it possible to have one device do it all. In this case, that device is something that most of us already have and use on a daily basis: our smartphone.

3. Octoblu: Octoblu is a company that Citrix acquired in December of 2014. Octoblu uses IoT (Internet of Things) to enhance features of Citrix’s other products. an easy way to understand IoT is that more and more devices are connected to the Internet or local mesh networks, and they have IP addresses. This means that software such as Octoblu can be used to carry out different tasks and use these devices interactively. Some of the uses are for safety, while others are for pure convenience. You can use Octoblu to automatically start GoToMeeting meetings when you walk into a conference room, or when you’re 15 minutes from home, you can set your phone to automatically text your spouse that you’ll be home in 15 minutes. a lot of the Octoblu technology is based on location/proximity to other devices and carrying out a task or a series of tasks. Technology such as this can be used to track your company vehicles and report to you their location, speed and other diagnostic reports. The end result is, of course, a more connected lifestyle.

Whether you use Citrix’s products or not, I believe with the company’s continued advancements and foothold in the marketplace, you will soon be affected by one of its products. Reach out to your IT team to see how Citrix can help advance and mobilize your daily IT needs.

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