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“We needed access to solutions via any computer in any country through an Internet connection. If someone was entering or leaving the company, we needed a flexible solution to give rights or access to data,” said Mr. Geoffroy Timmermans, head of business development for Pierre Marcolini Haute Chocolaterie, about Citrix Service Provider hosted solutions

Hosted services help business stay focused and nimble

How do Citrix technologies help sell premium Belgian chocolates from boutiques in the most fashionable cities?  With a Citrix Service Provider partner using Citrix XenApp to provide hosted applications, the chocolate and fine food professionals at the exclusive stores of Pierre Marcolini Haute Chocolaterie can focus on producing and distributing amazing delicacies, not worrying about IT. A new case study highlights the power of hosted workspaces for a growing business, a Citrix Service Provider partner, and Citrix XenApp.

Hosted Service Provider Manages IT, So the Business Can Focus on Business

Premium chocolate producer and distributor Pierre Marcolini Haute Chocolaterie used to manage IT in –house, but faced challenges: servers in less than ideal building locations, supporting boutiques open 365 days a year, and the need to move quickly in a rapidly changing retail environment.

Outsourcing to Citrix® Service Provider partner Net Computer Group, the Marcolini staff can focus on their role as experts in chocolate and fine confections. Boutique staff in any location – Brussels or abroad- can use the same hosted version of Citrix XenApp to access critical store reporting systems in a simple and consistent manner.

“We needed access to solutions via any computer in any country through an Internet connection. If someone was entering or leaving the company, we needed a flexible solution to give rights or access to data,” said Mr. Geoffroy Timmermans, head of business development for Marcolini.

Hosted Applications Provide Flexibility for Business Growth

Using the Cloudbizz™ virtual datacenter solution from Citrix Service Provider partner Net Computer Group, the business can be nimble and flexible in the changing retail market. “For us, the key advantage to hosted solutions is growing the business. You decide to stay small or grow. If you choose to grow, you need to be scalable and follow your rhythm,” said Mr. Timmermans.

“In retail, you don’t always define the rhythm yourself. If you find a new location for a store, you might have to be very reactive to get it,” said Mr. Timmermans.  “As a business, we need to be very reactive to opportunities. You plan, but the infrastructure has to follow you along the way. If we added 5 to 7 new stores next year, they would be very convenient to open through Cloudbizz.”

Learn More About Hosted Applications – and Enjoy Chocolate

Enjoy the full story of award-winning Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini and hosted Citrix solutions from Net Computer Group. If you read it while enjoying some of the most elegant macaroons and exquisite chocolates in the world, be sure to share those lovely treats with someone very special.

Read more about Citrix hosted desktops, applications and mobility services  as well as the Citrix Service Provider partner program on the Citrix website.

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