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88% of Canadians Would Take a Four-Day Work Week if Employer Offered: Citrix

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 7, 2019 by itnerd

Canadian office workers are eager to transition to a four-day work week, but are currently spending an average of four hours each week working outside of their existing contracted hours – according to new research from Citrix which surveyed nine countries worldwide including Canada, Norway, Germany, UK, France, Denmark, Italy, Mexico and Sweden.

The new data – from a survey of 500 office workers in Canada carried out by OnePoll – sheds light on whether a shortened work week could be feasible for Canadians considering average overtime hours.

Top reasons cited for this overtime include feeling like it’s the culture of the business (37%), unrealistic targets and workload (22%) and, for some, it’s wanting to do the extra work (21%).

Outdated working culture despite tech evolution

Despite the existence of new technology that enables greater efficiency and productivity, Canadian employees revealed the pressing need for their organizations to upgrade technology – with improved processes (30%) cited as a top solution to help reduce extra time worked.

The country is divided with just less than half of Canadian workers (45%) believing a national four-day working week is feasible with their current workload, despite the same workers claiming a growing workload is what’s causing them to work overtime.

A working culture where Canadians (32%) still believe employers reward and/or promote those who work longer hours, coupled with outdated technology, are the top barriers preventing Canada from adopting a four-day working week. It’s not to say Canada won’t ever achieve this, but a shift in business culture and decision makers’ mindset must happen first. Embracing a more innovative workplace means measuring employees on the work they produce rather than correlating it to how much was produced during the traditional contracted hours of nine to five. Canadian companies need to focus on discovering how and where their employees work best and providing them with the technology necessary to enable them to do their job most efficiently.

Employees eagerly await 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the vast majority of Canada employees (88%, compared to the survey average of 87%) would take a four-day working week if it were offered. However more than half (74%, compared to the survey average of 72%) of those employees would only take it if they could keep the same salary, with less than a quarter (14%, compared to the survey average of 15%) being willing to take it if it meant a reduced salary.

Progress is being made, yet four-day working week is still years away

When asked when they might see a four-day working week in their companies, Canadian employees think we could be six years away. Despite progress being made globally, six years was the average among all countries surveyed when asked about the adoption of a four-day work week. UK workers think it will be possible soonest (approximately 5.61 years), followed by those in France (just below six years at 5.89) and then Canada at 6.22 years.

Canada is not alone with workload being the main barrier. Of all countries surveyed on this subject, the average overtime hours spent was four hours and 36 minutes. Notably, Norwegian workers work the most overtime (10+ hours) and Swedish workers work the least (three hours).

When comparing reasons for overtime work, the top reason among all countries was that it’s the culture of the business (23% compared to 37% in Canada). This was followed by unrealistic targets and workload (22% on average and for Canada) and getting paid overtime (20% compared to 18% in Canada).

55% Of Canadians Are More Productive Working Remotely With The Right Technology: Citrix

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 30, 2019 by itnerd

Citrix Canada, along with OnePoll, surveyed 750 Canadian workers about their ability to work remotely, workstyle preferences and habits, and their perceptions of corporate green initiatives. The results provide a look at how companies can make a significant impact on the environment, while at the same time reducing costs and retaining/recruiting the best talent, by implementing mobile workspaces.

The study revealed that nearly 60% of Canadian workers want to work for a company that is environmentally friendly and prioritizes green initiatives. This reinforces the fact that being green is more popular than ever.

By implementing mobile workspaces, companies can make a significant change for the good of the environment, while also improving employees’ productivity. By allowing employees to work remotely, companies can reduce the size of their office, while also reducing overhead costs and energy consumption.

  • From an environmentally conscious perspective, an important reason for businesses to implement mobile workspaces is to reduce carbon emissions from the 76% of respondents who regularly drive to work, averaging 31 minutes on their commute.
  • When Canadian employees were asked if they leave their PC’s running overnight, a staggering 57% claimed they did not power down, further reinforcing the need for companies to adopt energy efficient devices that help reduce energy consumption.
  • 93% of respondents confirmed that their offices are mostly or fully occupied on a regular basis.  However, 51% state that their jobs can be performed remotely if allowed.
  • What’s more, 55% of respondents agree that they would be more or as productive working remotely than in the office.

 

ADAPTING FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK

More than ever, climate change is on the top of everyone’s minds.  This is most evident with the Generation Z and Millennial generations.

  • From those interviewed between the ages of 18-24, 66% agreed or somewhat agreed that they are most inclined to work for a company that makes green initiatives a priority and 83% stated they are most inclined to work for a company that allows them to work remotely.
  • Similar results were found for those between the ages of 24-34, with 64% agreeing or somewhat agreeing that they are most inclined to work for a company that makes green initiatives a priority and 73% stated they are most inclined to work for a company that allows them to work remotely.
  • This shows the passion that Millennials and Generation Z have for making a difference and the importance for companies to have this in mind if they want to attract and retain the best talent.
  • With climate change producing strong winter storms, companies also need to consider mobile workspaces as part of their business continuity plans.
    • Of those surveyed, only 53% stated their companies had policies or technology in place to work remotely in the case of a natural disaster.

 

A CHANGING LANDSCAPE

Canada’s vast landscape offers a variety of commuting requirements, each dependent on the industry that province or city attracts and operates in. However, whether it is long flat roads through the prairies, or the stop and go traffic of Toronto, reducing commuting times and therefore cutting back on office space is a great way that organizations can incorporate a more flexible work policy, saving people time and energy.

  • The Atlantic region (Newfoundland and Labrador, P.E.I, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick) had the highest percentage of people (36%) who travel 1-10 minutes to and from work each day. However, the same region had the highest percentage of people who leave their computers running over night.
  • In Central Canada (Quebec and Ontario), provinces that attract an extremely diverse industry and workforce, had the highest percentage of people who travel an extensive 91+ minute during their commute to work (5%). While, the Prairie provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta) had the highest percentage of people who work remotely.

San Francisco 49ers Use Citrix To Leverage Digital Workspaces

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 5, 2019 by itnerd

When the San Francisco 49ers kick off the regular season Sunday, their fans will be treated to a world-class entertainment experience, thanks to some off-season moves the team made to transform its operations. With the help of  its innovation partner, Citrix Systems, Inc. the 49ers have created a digital workspace in which its team off the field can efficiently and securely collaborate to deliver a superior product on the field that delights “The Faithful” around the world.

The 49ers have a long history of innovation. “It’s in our DNA and goes all the way back to Bill Walsh creating the West Coast Offense,” says team President, Al Guido.  “We were the first team to have this offense and everyone has since taken and expanded upon it.”

Staying true to its roots, the 49ers have applied this mantra of on the field innovation to its business operations to improve its efficiency and the experience of its customers.

Changing the Game

Using Citrix digital workspace solutions, the 49ers have created a next-generation digital workspace that enables their team off the field to be as agile and collaborative as their players on the field.

With ShareFile, 49ers employees can quickly and easily access and share the applications and information they need to do their jobs anytime, anywhere using any device.

Employees like lead team photographer Terrell Lloyd, as he and his team capture more than 25,000 images per game that must be organized, categorized and shared with internal and external partners as quickly as possible so that fans can experience the action from all angles.

But most important in Schoeb’s mind is that information can be shared in a secure and reliable way.And with Citrix, security is easy. The 49ers join more than 400,000 – organizations including 99 percent of the Fortune 100 and 98 percent of the Fortune 500 – who are using Citrix to drive innovation in the workplace and deliver real business results. Click here to learn more about the company’s solutions and the value they can create for your organization.

 

Citrix Named A Leader in Unified Endpoint Management By Gartner

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 14, 2019 by itnerd

Citrix Systems, Inc. today announced that it has been positioned as a Leader in the August 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Tools* based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Today’s employees demand freedom and choice in when, where and how they work. And to attract and retain the talent they need to make their business go, companies need to provide it. But they must also maintain the security of their systems and data across the expanded attack surface that this new model has created.

Enabling the Future of Work

Part of Citrix’s digital workspace solutions, Citrix® Endpoint Management™ allows companies to:

  • Serve up personalized access to the applications and insights employees need to be their most productive.
  • Provide IT with a single control plane through which they can onboard and manage application performance without getting in the way of the user experience.
  • Dynamically apply security policies based on a user’s behavior and environment, allowing employees to work the way they want with the confidence that their applications, information and devices are safe.

To learn more about Citrix digital workspace solutions and how they can deliver a superior experience that enables your employees and organization to thrive, click here.

* Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Tools” by Chris Silva, Manjunath Bhat, Rich Doheny and Rob Smith. August 6, 2019.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

 

Citrix to Launch Workspace for Google Cloud

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 21, 2019 by itnerd

The race to the cloud is on and it’s about to pick up speed. Citrix Systems today announced plans to extend Citrix® WorkspaceTM to Google Cloud, expanding the flexibility and choice companies have in transitioning to the cloud by enabling them to quickly and efficiently deliver apps to Google devices and operating systems and create a superior digital work experience that unleashes productivity and innovation. The news came during Citrix Synergy, the premier digital work conference taking place in Atlanta this week.

A Productivity Powerhouse

Extending Citrix Workspace beyond Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for companies using Google Cloud will enable them to modernize their apps and deliver unified access across Google devices and operating systems to create a productivity powerhouse for employees and IT administrators alike.

Planned interoperability with Google’s Cloud Identity, for instance, will allow for the seamless authentication of users using G Suite credentials to access Citrix Workspace, which will provide a more secure and unified end-user experience. In addition, the integration of intelligent capabilities into G Suite will enable companies to automatically notify employees of important events from their Google calendars through personalized feeds within Citrix Workspace. This will create a simple, intelligent experience that boosts engagement and productivity by reducing frustration from constantly switching apps and searching for information.

Enterprise-Grade VDI

Using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Machine Creation Service (MCS), IT will be able to quickly and efficiently provision Windows-based Citrix workloads at scale and create a modern digital work environment in which employees can access all of the tools they need to collaborate and perform at their best. Automated provisioning for Google Cloud Platform is available on demand today and will be rolled out to all customers in the third quarter of 2019. Linux virtual desktops from Citrix will soon be supported on GCP as well.

Highly Reliable Application Delivery

Keeping users engaged and productive requires organizations to ensure an always-on infrastructure. This can be a challenge in hybrid cloud environments, but with Citrix Workspace for Google Cloud, companies can leverage the powerful combination of Citrix ADC and Citrix SD-WAN to optimize and secure connectivity when transporting applications from GCP or connecting users to those resources.

 

Citrix Ushers In New Era Of Employee Engagement & Productivity

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 21, 2019 by itnerd

Today’s employee experience leaves a lot to be desired. All around the world, people are frustrated and overwhelmed by the multiple apps and technologies they need to use to get through their day. And it’s killing productivity. Citrix Systems is out to change this. A year ago, the company made work simpler and more organized with the launch of its digital workspace solutions. Today, it is making work smarter through next-generation intelligence capabilities that allow companies to deliver a unified and contextual experience across any device or network that engages employees and enables them to perform at their best. The enhancements were unveiled at Citrix Synergy, the premier digital work conference taking place in Atlanta this week.

Complexity Tamed

To do any job and do it well, you need the right tools. The problem is, most of us have too many available to us and they’re too hard to find and use.

Through Citrix® WorkspaceTM, companies can provide single sign on access to all the apps and content employees prefer to use in one, unified experience, including out-of-the-box integrations with more than 150 enterprise applications such as Salesforce, Workday, SAP Ariba and SAP Concur, ServiceNow, Microsoft Outlook and G Suite.

And planned integrations with the most widely used identity and access management providers, including Okta, Ping, Radius, and GoogleID, combined with Citrix Workspace security controls will enable them to deliver these apps more securely than operating them natively.

A Smarter Approach

According to Forrester Research, Inc., “…Improving human performance at work is the most important objective for workforce technology strategy and employee motivation, customer experience and financial performance depend on it.” (Transform The Employee Experience To Drive Business Performance, Executive Overview: The Employee Experience Playbook, February 12, 2018)

With the infusion of machine learning and simplified workflows in Citrix Workspace, companies can transform the employee experience by not only organizing work, but guiding and making it smarter.

Leveraging over 100 microapps pre-built for popular software services, Citrix Workspace can automatically surface prioritized and relevant tasks that allow employees to complete their work in fewer steps and with greater efficiency.

Rather than sifting through their inbox, searching calendars or going six clicks deep into an enterprise application to get things done, employees can have prioritized actions and relevant insights automatically delivered to their phone, tablet or PC so they can execute work quickly and move on.

Work without Constraints

Most of us work from an average of four locations a day. We’re constantly on the move – even on our devices where we switch between email, documents, texts, tweets and instant messages about every two minutes. The tools we use need to follow us and adapt to the environments we’re in and the work we need to get done.

With Citrix Workspace, companies can provide a superior experience that enables employees to work seamlessly across the channels and devices they prefer. Through new integrations with some of the most commonly used collaboration tools, including Microsoft Teams and Slack, content can be delivered to employees in one constant stream, eliminating the need for them to switch context.

And through a virtual instance of the Citrix SD-WAN appliance soon to be available in the Google Cloud Marketplace and increased integration of Citrix ADC with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Kubernetes, service mesh with Istio architectures and open source CNCF tools, they can deliver a consistent and reliable application experience to users regardless of where they are located.

Managed Desktops as a Service

Through a planned Desktop as a Service offering, Citrix, together with its robust ecosystem of partners, will make it easier than ever for IT to provide a unified, secure work environment in the cloud from which employees can access their individual desktops and all the SaaS applications, cloud services, fileshares, cloud-based office applications and corporate resources they need to get work done anywhere, anytime using any device. The company will initially enable the delivery of desktops managed on Microsoft Azure.

Expanded Workspace Security

Security shouldn’t be an afterthought – it should be no thought. With the deep understanding of user device and access behavior and intelligent capabilities underlying Citrix Analytics, companies can

balance demands for flexibility and choice with the need to maintain a secure environment and dynamically apply security policies without getting in the way of the user experience. The solution also provides full logging of security threats and automated resolutions that can be monitored by security experts and exported to other analytics platforms through planned integration with Splunk.

Malware Beware

As the list of SaaS, web and mobile apps running within the average organization and devices used to access them continues to grow, companies are increasingly vulnerable to system attacks and data theft. To help defend against them, Citrix has enabled new capabilities that protect apps and content delivered within its digital workspace solutions against a host of malware threats, including:

  • Keylogging
  • Screen capture/session videoing

The new capabilities provide endpoint and browser security for all connections to Citrix® Virtual Apps and DesktopsTM from both personal and managed devices and protect all work completed in Citrix WorkspaceTM.

A Superior Experience

More than half of all Web traffic is driven by BOTs that can negatively impact user experience and slow business transactions. Through new behavior-based BOT detection capabilities to be delivered within Citrix ADC, including advanced device finger printing and signatures, companies will be able to:

  • Mitigate attacks like password spraying, credential stuffing and content scrapping
  • Reduce revenue and data loss

And with planned enhancements to the Citrix Analytics Machine Learning (ML) engine, companies will be able to uncover performance issues by monitoring network latency, easily identify groups of users experiencing poor performance and take action to improve their experience.

A Unified View

As hackers get more intelligent, so too must the solutions used to combat them. With this in mind, Citrix has integrated risk indicators and user and entity inventory from Microsoft’s Graph Security API into

Citrix Analytics. With the integration, security administrators now have a unified threat intelligence view across their Citrix and Microsoft solutions that will allow them to improve the breadth and accuracy of signals and take actions to mitigate them across both portfolios.

A Better Way to Work

More than 400,000 organizations including 99 percent of the Fortune 100 and 98 percent of the Fortune 500 use Citrix solutions to power a better way to work. Visit www.citrix.com to learn more about the company’s solutions and the value they can deliver for your organization.

Citrix Pwned….. Iran Connected Hackers May Have Scooped Up 10TB Of Data

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 11, 2019 by itnerd

According to Resecurity president Charles Yoo, Citrix has been the victim of an absolutely epic hack where as much as 10 TB of data might have been stolen. Apparently the hack was focused on assets related to NASA, aerospace contracts, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company and the FBI. And Citrix CSIO Stan Black has written a blog post confirming the attack. Here’s the kicker, the hackers, who are tied to the Iranian government, used a technique called “password spraying” where attackers guess at weak passwords, and then work their way up to bigger attacks once inside. And speaking of being inside, the hackers might have been inside the Citrix network for as much as a decade before swiping all that data.

Yikes.

The FBI is investigating and I am sure given what is known about this hack, heads inside the IT department should (if there is any decency in the world) be rolling as I type this. I say that because it’s one thing to be pwned by hackers. But it’s another thing entirely to be pwned for a decade without anyone noticing. That my friends illustrates that someone inside the Citrix IT department was truly asleep at the switch.