Welcome to my blog!
I’ve been at Citrix for about 6 months now and my team and I have been hard at work to bring you the revamped Citrix Community site. I’m calling this version of the site “Citrix Community 2.0” to emphasize the fact that it’s a new version of the site and that the site incorporates many of the Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0 technologies that you see written or filmed about so often in the media. I tend to think that a lot of Web 2.0 is overhyped (are there really this many Web 2.0 companies??), but I found this definition that I really like “Web 2.0 is linking people…people sharing, trading, and collaborating” If you have 4 minutes, I really suggest checking out the video - plus it’s got a great soundtrack.
The whole purpose of updating our site is to really allow people with an interest in virtualization and application delivery to share and learn ideas. In fact, you’ll see our tagline is “Discover, Connect, Participate”. The new site allows you to all of that and more!
So, let’s get down to the details. What is new about the site?
The Citrix Community site is a new multi-media, launching pad to reach your favorite Citrix communities. It is the location to discover what is hot around application delivery and virtualization; connect with Citrix product teams, customers and industry pundits; and participate through sharing of opinions, thoughts and knowledge in blogs, forums and code sharing.
New capabilities include better description and easier navigation to Citrix communities, ties to our extended communities in the industry (Hello Citrix CTPs!), enhanced multi-media/video support and real time blog feeds from across the blogosphere, all on a completely redesigned look and feel. In addition, we have made it easier for Citrites (that’s what we call ourselves) and non-Citrites (that would be you!) to participate and create content. Check out our Video Tip Factory if you don’t believe me.
Of course, one of the key communities is the Citrix Developer Network, which has undergone quite a dramatic change itself…
The Citrix Developer Network is the place for open, unfiltered, straight talk on Citrix products. The goal of the Citrix Developer Network is to provide access to technical information for all aspects of our community, from Network Architects to IT Professionals, to Data Center Architects to Developers.
Based on your requests, forum posts and support calls, we have expanded the products covered, while simplifying access to the information. We now have specific Developer Networks for XenApp, XenDesktop, NetScaler, XenServer and one of our newest (and coolest) products, Workflow Studio. Interested in multiple products? Never fear, due to tagging technology, blogs, discussion and content relevant to multiple products will be available wherever relevant (example, server virtualization is key to both XenServer and XenDesktop).
New capabilities available in per-product flavors include RSS feeds for our forums (I know, duh – this should have been there long ago), best practices pages, multi-media centers, wiki articles, code snippets and SDK examples.
Last but not least, the platform has some simple to use, yet powerful enhancements, including “window shade” views of blogs to allow you to see more content in less real estate and the simplification of our group blogs to ensure you can find the content you are looking for.
Today’s launch of the revamped Citrix Community site is the first phase of multiple updates occurring in the next few months. It is the result of a lot of hard work from the team, but also from the community. Many of the changes and planned changes come directly from you, our community. We are not done yet and I hope you aren’t either.
Thanks for taking the time to check out the new Citrix Community site… and I have one last request…