Citrix urges mobile work styles

Virtualisation mainstay advocates mobile office

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Citrix urges mobile work styles Qadir: More than 70 percent of employees would prefer flexible working conditions.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 24, 2013

Virtualisation mainstay Citrix is urging GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK delegates to consider the benefits of the mobile office, as more employees express the desire to work from anywhere at any time.

“We did a survey recently and found that more than 70% of the employees of corporates would prefer to have flexible working [conditions],” says Noman Abdul Qadir, Director, Channels MEA.

The consumerisation of IT has been a hot topic at GITEX in recent years, as employees increasingly govern more of the IT budget and invent new ways of working from out-of-office locations. But Qadir says there is a gap between the willingness to implement such practices and the ability to do so.

“The flipside to [the employee figures] is how many of the companies are [ready to deliver these services],” he says. “We found that about 27% of companies encourage [the practice] but only 7% were ready to deliver.”

Qadir explains that the productivity payoff is what attracts many employers to the concept of mobile working, but sound bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and effective mobile device management are necessary to deliver the appropriate facilities. Citrix’s solutions have been tailored to cover these needs, but yet another gap exists: in regional service delivery. “The story is the same [with] service providers,” Qadir explains. “While the  networks across the Middle East are very good, what is delivered is still [in its infancy].”

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