We are on the final countdown to the debut of Synergy in Barcelona, and I wanted to take a moment to discuss a crucial Citrix value: innovation. Citrix Synergy isn’t just about inspiration, it’s also about recognizing real innovation in our industry. And what better way to recognize this than with a Citrix Innovation Award?

Once again, the Citrix Innovation Award will highlight an organization’s truly innovative use of Citrix technology to achieve significant business transformation. The standard of entries we received this time around has been astounding, with particularly strong entries from both Europe and Asia.

With the nomination process complete, and three finalists selected, let me tell you a little more about the organizations vying for recognition at Synergy:

Deutsche Bank: As one of the world’s largest and most successful financial services organizations, Deutsche Bank has enhanced the way its 100,000 employees in 73 countries  work by allowing traders and other employees to access their Citrix virtual desktop from any device anywhere throughout the bank’s global offices. Employees can now connect instantly with specialized, high-bandwidth systems, accessing their virtual desktop and collaboration tools such as high-definition video conferencing. The solution supports the Bank’s sustainability strategy, as well as enhancing business continuity and enabling new flexible ways of working for its employees across the globe.

KT Corporation (formerly Korea Telecom): A leading South Korean telecoms provider, KT is providing Citrix virtual desktops and Apple iPads to all 50,000 of its employees to create anytime, anywhere collaboration. This enables employees to ‘smart-work’ and get the most out of both their working hours and their personal time, reducing commute time in a country with some of the world’s worst traffic.  KT offers this infrastructure as a service to its Korean SMB customers, allowing them to get enterprise grade infrastructure without having to acquire the technology themselves.  Several hundred customers have signed up in the six months since the service was launched.  The company also provides a cloud-based desktops-as-a-service solution to customers in Japan, offering a strong computing platform while dramatically reducing datacenter power consumption and meeting Japanese government mandates in the wake of the March tragedy.

Royal Bank of Scotland: The major UK banking group has used Citrix virtual computing to power a transformation to ‘self service IT’. The group has virtualized more than 55,000 desktops and 1,800 applications for delivery to 65,000 staff throughout the UK, Ireland and the United States. Tens of thousands of workers can use any device, anywhere—including their own personal laptops, smartphones and tablets—to access complete IT resources on-demand in a highly secure environment.  RBS employees can now choose the way that they work and collaborate, as the organization has removed the shackles of the office, and turned work into something their employees do, rather than a place they go.

Now it’s down to you to tell us which organization you think deserves to win! You can view videos of each of these finalists discussing their technological innovation here, and, more importantly, you can also cast your vote.

Voting is open now and closes on Tuesday, October 25. The winner will be announced during Mark Templeton’s keynote on Wednesday, October 26th, starting at 10:30 CET.

If you would like to hear more about what virtualization and the cloud can help customers around the world achieve, please visit our customer success center.  In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you very shortly in Barcelona!

Fins després,

Kim

PS – It’s not too late to register to attend Synergy! Click here for more details.