UOWD embraces enterprise mobility

University reduces costs and increases productivity via virtualisation technology

Tags: Citrix Systems DubaiUnited Arab EmiratesUniversity of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)
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UOWD embraces enterprise mobility Johnny Karam, regional vice president, MEA, Citrix said that mobility is no longer about the device, but about people and businesses being movable.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  June 9, 2014

Citrix has today announced the completion of a virtualisation suite at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) in order to reduce costs, increase productivity and improve employee satisfaction.

The university has deployed Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, XenServer and NetScaler technology to centralise all applications and desktops in the datacentre, delivering those applications and desktops to users on demand, on any device, anywhere.

Speaking today at the "Citrix Mobility" event, Johnny Karam, regional vice president, MEA, Citrix said: "Today mobility is not about the device, we want to make people and businesses moveable. Imagine if we can provide you the ability of using any device from a laptop to a phone to a tablet and give you the same experience, to have access to your data, access to your applications and be productive wherever you are using any network and any device and whatever your service your company decides to give you."

Talking about the relationship with UOWD, he said: "That was a fantastic case of how we looked at their business, at the challenges they're having and helped them really virtualise an environment by a superior service to the staff and to the students compared to the one they were having before."

According to Citrix, the project has allowed UOWD to achieve an initial 47% reduction in Capital IT expenditure costs and an average 21% reduction per annum in both capital and operational expenditure costs.

"Citrix technology has made it possible for University employees to do their job, on any device, anywhere. We have effectively transformed the workplace via desktop virtualisation technology, whilst significantly reducing costs and empowering our employees to embrace a much more mobile way of working," explained Joseph Aninias, manager, information technology, "BYOD is now enabled for any staff or student user that requires it. This is true mobility."

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