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Embrace Digital Disruption


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How do the words change and disruption make you feel? From my perspective, disruption and subsequent change is exciting and progressive – it’s a sign of innovation, continuous improvement and gaining competitive advantage. But admittedly, I know for some those words are pretty daunting. But to be totally frank, regardless of how you feel about it, disruption and change is always going to be part of the world we live in. Without change, we cannot be better than we were yesterday – but our competitors embracing change can be…

Last week we kicked off a series of workshops, Accelerate Your Transition to Citrix Cloud, where we are showcasing to organisations how they can embrace digital disruption and in the process propel their organisation into a new era of digital workspaces where you will benefit from greater choice, performance, and security. Now, I’m sure you’ll agree, those words are definitely not to be shied away from…

Choice
Digital disruption is fundamentally changing the IT landscape. Cloud really is no longer just an over-used buzz word that is banded around – it is a reality that is changing they way organisations deliver and consume services with 44% of enterprise traffic from public cloud. And with the average business using 13+ cloud applications, organisations must both embrace and consider how they deliver and manage what in most cases is a hybrid or multi-cloud environment.

This is where Citrix Workspace is proving powerful – enabling organisations to overcome cloud sprawl without sacrificing the benefits of the cloud by enabling an efficient and comprehensive way to organize, manage and secure all cloud services used across the organization – whether these be SaaS applications, behind-the-scenes workloads, or file storage and sharing. But, not only catering for cloud, it also bridges legacy, on-premise and custom apps and data stores upon which businesses continue to rely on. Through the Secure Digital Workspace we can provide secure, simplified access and control of apps and data across any device, platform in hybrid & multi-cloud world – empowering your organisation with choice and options both now and in the future.

Performance
Not forgetting of course that with the rise of cloud, bandwidth intensive applications and an increasing number of network-connected devices, networking becomes the lifeblood of your organisation proving critical to availability, performance and subsequent user experience. As many organizations are starting to use hybrid and multi-cloud architectures to deliver their business applications, all too often, organisations networks just aren’t reliable enough to make it a reality.

This is where Citrix Networking comes into play creating a secure digital perimeter connection, NetScaler SD-WAN supports multiple underlying links and then intelligently directs traffic across these to ensure the highest possible quality of connection. SD-WAN addresses the needs of enterprises for secure, high quality, always-on access to applications and data that can be easily deployed at scale and with centralised visibility and control. It is a fully integrated platform that virtualises enterprise WANs to help you reduce bandwidth requirements, increase application performance, simplify branch office networking and gain flexibility through a hybrid WAN architecture. Ensuring the availability and performance to make multi-cloud a reality for your organization.

Security
We can’t talk about disruption without speaking about security. The threat landscape is rife… I do not know one organisation from which security is not a top priority for 2018. The reality is that work is now distributed, users working from anywhere, and everything is connected. They are using applications from on premises, SaaS, or other web or cloud locations – creating a surface area too vast for traditional security approached to be effective. And with the average time to discover a breach 200 days, the damage an attack could cause is frightening. Of course, there are point solutions available to deliver apps and content securely and reliably however point solutions only add to IT complexity. With 83% of businesses believing the complexity of their organizational structures and IT infrastructure is putting their companies at even greater risk for security breaches its important to rethink their approach to security.

 This is where Citrix’s people centric approach to security is proving effective – by focusing on the knowns, rather that the unknowns, we are able to apply policies and contextualise security based on real-time interactions with networking, applications and data. Through the secure digital perimeter we are able to simplify security for the IT department so they can minimize attack surfaces, centralize policy control and implement people-centric security measures. We are able to provide 360 visibility by aggregating analytics, logs and flows whilst giving visibility across SaaS, hybrid and multi-cloud environments. And finally, through intelligent analytics we are able to share threat intelligence across all services, detect and stop malicious user behaviors, and trigger contextual reactions and policies in real time.

The opportunity presented by digital disruption is vast – after all, digital disruption wouldn’t be disrupting if the benefits from embracing it weren’t greater than from the way we did things in the past. Think about what the future looks like and how Citrix Secure Digital Workspaces can play a part in supporting your strategy at our upcoming events.

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What’s new with NetApp ONTAP 9.3?


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ONTAP 9.3 was officially announced back in October 2017 during the annual NetApp Insight event. With it now officially in GA (as of January 2018), is it time to be looking at upgrading to this new release?

As always there is a buzz around the latest releases of vendor software to find out which of the new features are going to make the biggest impact. Whether it’s for individual user cases or a knockout blow to competitors in the market. With the latest ONTAP release there are the usual performance increases and additional effective storage capacity increases due to more efficient optimisations of dedupe and compression. However, the features that catches the eye the most and will certainly draw attention in the current security conscious business world is the additional features around security and compliance.

External Key Management
With the addition of NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE) in ONTAP 9.1 meant bringing encryption to existing arrays with the granularity of only encrypting specific volumes, previously it was all or nothing approach. The draw back has always been on box key management, meaning that if the storage array was compromised then the key to decrypt the data is held on the same array. This type of encryption and key management will fail some compliance standards. ONTAP 9.3 now introduces external key management by using the industry standard Key Management Interoperability (KMIP). 

Encrypting data is never a bad thing and now having suitable external key management control for volume level encryption can only increase compliance with GDPR just around the corner. I must point out that encryption is not mandatory for GDPR but it definitely helps mitigate risks and adds safeguards to any sensitive customer data being held at rest.

The other notable security feature added to ONTAP 9.3 is the introduction of MFA for OnCommand System Manager further protecting the data from compromised Administrator passwords. This will be done by using SAML authentication and Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) as the identity provider.

Performance 
As mentioned ONTAP 9.3 has performance increases over previous versions, this time by up to 30% via WAFL improvements, parallel processing and flash optimizations. Significant increase have been made in iSCSI parallel processing and general parallel processing of workloads allowing for higher throughput and IOPS at lower latencies.

Adaptive QoS  has also been introduced to manage QoS policies across multiple volumes. Adaptive QoS effectively automatically adjusts the defined IOPS/TB QoS policy when the volume grows or shrinks to keep the effective IOPS/TB inline with the data size change. As you can imagine without this management of potentially hundreds of QoS policies could consume large amounts of time from the storage Administrator.

Storage Efficiency
Storage efficiency increases are by up to 30% with ONTAP 9.3 by enabling inline aggregate deduplication on All Flash FAS (AFF) arrays. Inline deduplication, compression and compaction on all new volumes is also enabled by default to give the best possible efficiencies on all data.

With the Software Defined Datacentre in full swing and with vendors nowadays introducing faster than ever update cycles for software and vendors always recommend being on the latest release, NetApp are now on bi-annual major releases, it can be easy to get left behind with new features and performance upgrades. Most vendors include the software itself as part of the support fees businesses pay each year so why not upgrade to receive these latest and greatest improvements and others that could have been missed in previous updates. If updates aren’t completed regularly then you are not only missing out on virtually free performance and new features that could benefit the business but also vital security updates which are rolled into each update.   

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Citrix Summit 2018


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This week, I’ve been in Anaheim at Citrix’s annual partner conference – Citrix Summit. The event provides an opportunity to hear from Citrix’s executive leadership team about the vision and strategy for the year ahead, share industry perspective and innovation, and attend a range of interactive breakout sessions that focus on how Citrix technology can be applied to initiate change, transform organisations and solve real-world challenges to improve the way people work.

For me, Citrix Summit always proves to be invaluable. In the busy nature of every day work life, it can often be challenging to find time to fully embrace and evaluate new concepts, approaches and innovation. With the industry moving at pace, this is just one of the reasons why I love Summit… it provides an opportunity to hear, see, discuss the future of the workspace among friends and peers.

With Citrix experiencing plenty of change within the last year – including former CEO Kirill Tatarinov’s departure – I was apprehensive to see how the Citrix story had evolved. However, from the opening keynote it was evident was that Citrix’s technology focus on ‘people’ has filtered through to the top.

David Henshall proved to be a welcomed and refreshing leader – addressing critics from early 2017 head on by acknowledging that some negative press that Citrix received was justified yet by no means acceptable to the business. He continued to discuss how Citrix has turned around to end the year on a series of records including; record revenue numbers, record cash flow, record profits, record share price and record innovation – with 122% increase in new patents filed in over a year, an 80% increase in product releases, and 4 analyst leadership positions for EFSS, Mobility, UEM and Networking.

More exciting to see was Citrix’s secure digital workspace vision, which in my opinion, is superior to any other vendor in this space. Simple, secure and unified. Visionary enough that people understand the direction, development and investment Citrix are moving into the future, yet real enough that customers can get on board with that vision today and accelerate their cloud strategy to achieve benefits and eliminate / manage challenges right now.

“The cloud is not a destination… It’s the beginning of a new journey.”

Citrix’s products have evolved into solution areas; Citrix Workspace, Citrix Networking and Citrix Analytics with people-centric embedded security at the centre. The benefits of using Citrix technology together as a unified solution rather than separate products is core to the Citrix story and it’s because of this integration why Citrix stands out among many vendors. With the workspace, networking and analytics solutions integrating together to provide an unrivalled workspace where user experience, security and choice are of upmost importance. And, on integration… Microsoft corporate vice president for Enterprise Client & Mobility, Brad Anderson, joined the keynote to describe a deeper integration and partnership between Citrix and Microsoft than ever before.

As a Citrix Platinum and specialist partner, we are so excited for 2018. This year there is promise of faster, focused innovation and upmost support to accelerate customers to benefit from Citrix Cloud Services. It’s not about workloads… It’s about people. And we look forward to helping you enable your people, with Citrix, in 2018.

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The Age of Change


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I know for those who know me, I ramble on about evolving, keeping with the times etc. but something dawned on me the other day…

The average age of hackers in the UK is 17 (an example of this being the Talk Talk hacking) Then I got thinking about the “millennials”; where, during their interview, the interviewer ends up being quizzed by the interviewee, what device will I have, can I work from home, can I use my own devices, can I work in a coffee shop, do I get an iPhone?

The business world is being influenced by people that 15 years ago were told to make the teas, clean the bins and do other pointless jobs no one wanted to do. Does this make me ageist? Or the world? What is happening with businesses and the usual board of directors who are all waiting for the next two years to retire and get their nice pay-out, so they can sail around the world?

It isn’t the same anymore; not because we have become ageist, it is because for a start we are living longer; which means that the 30’s are the new 20’s and the 40’s are the new 30’s. The average age of C level execs is dropping, the average age of millionaires is dropping. But, it has nothing to do with their age, it is the age of change.

What is the age of change? Well, 5 years ago when I entered IT, conversations were all about simplifying the desktop rollout, enabling users and bringing down TCO of end points; but at the same time getting more from less with the staff. The phrase “making the device superfluous” was coined a lot and still is today. Also, providing a “ubiquitous” environment to users, regardless of where or how they access their applications and data. Has this changed? No, it hasn’t. We still have this need today, even more so. But, something else has changed…

The datacentre, is now superfluous and the datacentre should now be a ubiquitous platform wherever it may be. Cloud, private cloud, public cloud, elastic cloud, sheep with no legs, whatever version you want to give it. It is irrelevant as to its form. No longer is it about it needing to be a yellow widget as “secure” as possible 20 miles from our office. It needs to be secure, adhere to the relevant regulations, policies and procedures of your industry, customer base etc. and deliver for you in the best way a solution to deliver what the business has asked you to do in helping achieve their goals.

I was with a public sector organisation and a well-known vendor who has a solution that is named similar to something bright blue in colour like a cloudless sky. This customer stated that they didn’t want their data and applications in this vendor’s “solution” as it couldn’t pass their rigorous tests of security. The customers own data centre, was a cupboard. The solution that is named similar to something bright blue in colour like a cloudless sky is so secure, it has anti-tank trenches. The next problem was location, we need our data in the UK; well the good news is, the solution is in the UK.

We are no longer talking about which widget is fastest, which whistle is cheapest. It is purely, working towards a goal to enable the business to keep with The Age of Change and, as we can now make the datacentre in itself superfluous and therefor the likes of tapes, the likes of sweating assets for 10 years, using data centres in the cheapest part of the country or a cupboard; these are issues that can be addressed. But only if, you accept the change and embrace.

Oh, and another thing. It is also cost effective, Cetus worked with a Council saving £9,000,000 by helping them in “embracing change”.

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5 Reasons to Consider Citrix Cloud


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Citrix are rapidly moving towards a cloud-first strategy, with Citrix Cloud providing a single control plane to manage and access all Citrix technologies in the cloud. This has become the fastest and most flexible way to securely deliver applications and data to any device, over any network, whilst simplifying the management your secure digital workspace. If like many, you are assessing where certain workloads best reside, here are 5 reasons we recommend you consider Citrix Cloud…

Unified workspace experience
Citrix’s Cloud strategy is very much a reflection of their core strategy; to build the world’s best integrated technology services for secure delivery of apps and data. Citrix Cloud helps unite and integrate all of the Citrix technologies to deliver a more unified administration, delivery and user experience. 

Adapt to changing demands
Today’s workforce are increasingly mobile – using an increasing amount of devices, from a multitude of locations. However, it is becoming increasingly complex for IT to manage mobile workspace infrastructure – with multiple applications to install, ever-changing user bases to account for, challenges in forecasting capacity, constant installing of updates and investing in infrastructure to meet changing and unpredictable demands. A cloud-based strategy helps to solve these problems and in the process reduces complexity, and provides a simple way to deploy and manage secure mobile workspace solutions. This is where Citrix Cloud comes in to help you at any point in your cloud journey… 

Flexibility across any cloud
For many businesses, supporting a multi-cloud IT strategy continues to be a dominant trend with 82% of businesses stating that they have a multi-cloud approach across private, public or hybrid cloud environments. Citrix Cloud gives you the flexibility of choice. You are able to host your apps and data on any cloud or infrastructure platform you choose, whilst having the ability to leverage a common management plane across all Citrix environments. 

Faster time to value
Citrix Cloud is arguably the fastest way to deploy Citrix technology, taking just hours as opposed to weeks to deploy. Essentially, Citrix Cloud is a cloud management service uniting multiple Citrix products. The cloud service is operated by Citrix, and contains all of the management functions that ordinarily would have had to be installed and provisioned separately. The value is that Citrix has already deployed – and integrated – these services into Citrix Cloud so in many cases, all you need to do is activate, configure and deploy them to deliver a secure digital workspace solution. 

Simplified management
Using Citrix Cloud is intuitive. The idea is for you to spend less time learning, integrating, installing and managing – and instead focus on other more important, or strategic IT projects. This approach means reduced infrastructure, centralised control, and SaaS-style updates, which in turn contributes to lower administration cost and complexity. In addition, by simplifying management across multiple Citrix locations, you are able to optimise performance, data sovereignty, compliance and network latency.

Earlier this year at Citrix Summit, the launch of Citrix Cloud Accelerator; a comprehensive set of transition and trade-up offers for customers who own existing XenApp or XenDesktop licenses was announced for those who want to move to Citrix Cloud. If you are  considering Citrix Cloud services as a strategy for your business, there really is no better time..

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Citrix Summit 2017


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This week I attended Citrix’s annual partner conference – Citrix Summit – in Anaheim, California. As a specialist Citrix Platinum partner, we attend the event each year to ensure we are primed to inform our customers about the latest updates, announcements, vision and roadmap. You can register here to hear Cetus and Citrix deliver the very latest updates from Citrix Summit. 

The event kicked off with a vision keynote which allowed the senior leadership team at Citrix, lead by president and CEO Kirill Tatarinov, to offer perspective on industry transformation and position Citrix’s vision for helping customers leverage innovation and strategic partnerships in 2017 to achieve business objectives and outcomes.

Throughout the entirety of the keynote, tech talks and the numerous breakout tracks, Citrix’s strategy was clear and consistent. To provide integrated technology services that make apps and data secure and easy to access, and as a result help organisations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to grow and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Within the content, some key themes emerged and took predominant focus in my opinion; Citrix’s Cloud Strategy, the strategic partnership with Microsoft, and integration of solutions (in terms of user experience and administration).

Citrix’s Cloud Strategy
There is no hesitation that Citrix are rapidly moving towards a cloud-first strategy, with Citrix Cloud providing a single place to access all Citrix technologies in the cloud. It’s quickly becoming the fastest, simplest and most flexible way to deliver Citrix technology to any device over any network – therefore a very interesting and attractive update was the launch of Citrix Cloud Accelerator; a comprehensive set of transition and trade-up offers for customers who own existing XenApp or XenDesktop licenses and want to move to Citrix Cloud. Also made available is a XenApp on Azure Cost Calculator, which is a tool that Cetus can help you use to provide you with a complete set of cost estimates for deploying Citrix XenApp on Microsoft Azure. In addition, a new Citrix Ready HCI Workspace Appliance Program was launched that enables hyper-converged appliances from hardware and storage partners to connect into Citrix Cloud.

Strategic partnership with Microsoft
Over the past year, Citrix and Microsoft have built the foundations and now Citrix are stepping it up a gear to further accelerate their joint innovation.

– The integration of Citrix NetScaler Unified Gateway with Microsoft Intune
Citrix unveil the integration of NetScaler Unified Gateway with Microsoft EMS. Together, Citrix and Microsoft joined forces to deliver to our customers a solution that offers conditional access for mobile users.  Conditional access delivers an added level of security for mobile users which helps customers protect their on-premise resources

– The launch of XenApp Essentials and XenDesktop Essentials
Available in the Azure Marketplace, XenApp Essentials and XenDesktop Essentials make it easier for customers to accelerate secure app delivery and cloud-based Windows 10 VDI, empowering IT to align apps and desktop services with business needs, while delivering the superior experience, reliability and value associated with XenApp and XenDesktop.

– Collaboration between Citrix & Microsoft on Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)
The expanded Citrix partnership with Microsoft includes powerful collaboration to significantly enhance value for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) customers with Citrix capabilities for delivering enterprise-grade productivity combined with device and data security managed over the network. This Azure-based Citrix solution for EMS will include micro-VPN capability for secure, identity-based access to on-premises applications on EMS managed devices, providing the most comprehensive mobility solution available in the market. In addition, later this year, the solution will also include versions of Citrix market-leading productivity apps, such as Secure Mail and Secure Web that customers will be able to manage with EMS.

Wrapping up this blog for now on the note of integration. At this years Summit there was a big focus on integration of solutions, from both an end user experience and an administration perspective, echoed in a joined up product strategy. To find out more, and hear what we feel are the most pressing updates, make sure you register for our update events, taking place in various locations throughout the UK.

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Future Decoded – The Microsoft Security Story


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Change has been the only constant in 2016 – with Brexit, and a change of prime minister, notably creating a great deal of noise and uncertainty around the future of the UK economy. With 44% of UK business leaders indicating their current business models will not exist in 5 years and predictions intensifying that we are entering the fourth industrial revolution, it is increasingly apparent that as businesses we must understand change, explore transformation and adapt in order to avoid extinction.

So, it came as no surprise the key theme of Microsoft’s annual UK event Future Decoded was centred on digital transformation. Whilst Microsoft’s core mission remains unchanged – to empower every organisation and every person to achieve more – the first day of Future Decoded focused less on the things we know that Microsoft do consistently well – providing rich user experiences, suites of applications, and intuitive interfaces, and instead cemented their strategy around security and proved how Microsoft are enabling business and digital transformation.

But it wasn’t just Microsoft’s strategy around security that took centre stage. During one of the opening keynotes, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, formally launched the government’s new National Cyber Security Strategy, which sets out decisive action that we will be taking to protect the UK economy, the privacy of British citizens, whilst encouraging and equipping industry to prevent damaging cyber-attacks.

The Chancellor recognised that cyber security is one of the greatest threats to business around the world – with the global cost of crimes estimated at in excess of $445 billion. However, the Chancellor predicts that this new strategy underpinned by £1.9 billion of investment will position the UK as one of the safest places in the world to do business – perhaps a compelling reason for businesses to remain in the UK instead of fleeing in the aftermath of Brexit.

“If we want Britain to be the best place in the world to be a tech business then it is also crucial that Britain is a safe place to do the digital business,” The Chancellor said, “Trust in the internet and the infrastructure on which it relies is fundamental to our economic future.”

With data the currency of today’s world, a predicted 1 million new devices coming online per hour by 2020 and Microsoft opening UK data centres that deliver world-class reliability and data residency earlier this year, I was interested to explore how Microsoft’s security strategy has evolved. I was not disappointed.

During a breakout session, Microsoft illustrated exactly how they have upped their game, and integrated their products to create a solution which is seriously cool, effortlessly delivered, and oh… it’s available today when using EMS, Intune and Windows 10. Sophisticated security built on principles around user ‘identity’, facial recognition and multi-factor authentication, and integrated access and control policies, resulting in a solution that presents itself as simple, seamless… and can be completely self-provisioned by any end user (seriously it looked idiot proof… perhaps even I could replicate the demo – perhaps that’s a vblog for another time!)

Security has been one of the many, and important, focus areas at Future Decoded. Make sure you follow Cetus Solutions on LinkedIn, where over the next few days I will be posting additional blogs around some of the product announcements and updates, forward thinking around big data and AI, workspaces, Skype for Business, and migrating to Windows 10.

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The Sat Nav Got Me Lost!


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I recently loaned my mother my car to take some friends away for the weekend, I showed her how to put an address into the sat nav and sent her on her way… When she (finally) returned I asked how her weekend was and if the car was ok and I was a little surprised by her response.

“It’s useless… it got me lost, I should have gone in my car, I wish I had my map” which was fully supported by all her friends who continued to berate my car…. my surprise was two fold… firstly how did they get lost with a sat nav and secondly how the sat nav had now led this group of people to say how useless my whole car was.

In my job I rely on my sat nav and use it to guide me around the 20,000 miles of business travel I take on each year and I can honestly say it has yet to fail me. This got me thinking, how can this intelligent woman not see the benefit of this fantastic technology….

The answer; a poorly managed roll out of the technology by the individual pushing the technology on her (in this case me…. her son.) This one, initial poor experience has led to my mother swearing blind she will never use a sat nav again and disliking the whole vehicle!

This got me thinking of just how important that first user experience is in all walks of life and especially in the world of IT. The success or failure of any technology project is judged when it is rolled out to the end users or customers, the whole solution has to work and work well… if there is a slight hiccup that will be the focal point and getting back on track is like navigating spaghetti junction.

The leading edge technology, advanced security and huge time savings your new IT solution delivers are all insignificant if that end user experience is not close to perfection. Ensuring that initial user experience is positive enables the most valuable marketing tool of word of mouth to spread and ease the transition to the new way of working.

At Cetus we focus a great deal of our time engaging with customers before any technology decisions have been made… ensuring we get a true understanding of what you as an organisation are looking to achieve and we can then discuss how technology can help you get there.

Once the technology and project has been decided the impact on the user base becomes the priority and focusing on the least disruptive and easiest transition for the end users is at the heart of the project. The Cetus implementation methodology is tried and tested and is one that has saved many project and programme managers a lot of sleepless nights (or wrong turns!)

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Secure Your Endpoints Without Compromising User Experience


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What is more important to your business – security or user experience? For many UK businesses, this is a common predicament that often instigates a reaction to focus heavily on one, resulting in the other being detrimentally impacted and consequently adding unnecessary risk and complexity. However, security or user experience is not a compromise any business should make.

Last week, Cetus attended AppSense’s annual partner conference – Elevate. Not only did this provide a timely opportunity to take a closer look at LANDesk; the US-based market leader in Unified Endpoint Management who acquired AppSense just a few weeks ago, but it also reiterated the importance of comprehensively securing and managing IT environments with focus on users-first.

After all, delivering a secure, cost-effective and optimised workspace can be complex. Many businesses look to digital workspace technologies to reinvent the way employees work, however in the process there are many technical obstacles that need to be overcome. Businesses are forced to contextually adapt the workspace based on where, when and how users are trying to be productive whilst maintaining optimum levels of security and compliance.

However, in a world where attacks are becoming more sophisticated and regulations are ever-changing, how can businesses secure endpoints and maintain compliance without detrimental impact on user experience?

Increasing end-user demands.
End user demand are innocent – more often than not they are looking to simplify the experience they have when completing a work related objective, enable them to work more efficiently and ultimately optimise their productivity. These demands are fuelling many decisions made by IT today, supported by Forrester research that predicts user experience will increasingly influence EUC investments moving forward.

Typically, the examples of end-user demands we see include faster logon times, more responsive desktops and applications, whilst also experiencing a consistent user experience across devices and sessions. The way in which we are working has become transitional – constantly moving between devices, applications and desktops in order to get our work objectives complete in the most effective way.

But these end users are no longer just demanding, they are doing. Flexible working has been a hot topic for many years, with users seeking to achieve the same experience as when in the office when on the move. In the last 3 years alone, we have experiences a 21% growth in the amount of people working from home, 16% growth in the number of users working whilst travelling and 8% growth in the amount of people working from public places.

With these user demands now a reality, most users feeling they need full admin rights over their devices – particularly with 26% of employees paying for their own primary device due to preferred user experience – and the number of applications managed (or not) by IT ever-increasing (whether supported by technology or not) it is crucial to ensure the empowerment of people is at the heart of IT.

Security is a higher priority than ever.
Digital workspace investment priorities have taken a notable shift towards security – reflected in the increasing amount of security representatives who we see attend meetings about end user computing (EUC) implementations. Reinforcing its position on the agenda, it comes as no surprise that 81% of CIOs are focussed on security for their annual spend in 2016.

For some time now, Gartner have referenced their adaptive security architecture, which talks about businesses seeking to predict, prevent, detect and respond to potential threats, to mitigate risk. So what surprises us is that there is no evident vendor that covers that complete cycle within an integrated solution. Is that about to change?

The LANDesk acquisition of AppSense expands their mutual operational security capabilities with new technology for securing and simplifying workspace management at scale across physical, virtual and cloud delivered desktops. Together, offerings from both companies combine to support four proactive security strategies that, when implemented, can mitigate up to 85% of all targeted threats.

Security or user experience is not a compromise any business should make. Cetus will help you achieve both by using digital workspaces technologies to reinvent the way employees work, whilst putting security at the centre of your enablement strategy for 2016. With long-standing relationships with key technology vendors – backed by technical competencies and accreditations – we have been delivering EUC projects to businesses of all sizes for many years.

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