As we’ve entered into 2014, the Federal IT market is assessing priorities and opportunities in the year to come. 2013 was a year in which agencies achieved much success in their efforts to innovate IT infrastructure, but we know that opportunities to achieve more traction remain. Recently, I observed the International Data Corporation (IDC) 2014 government technology predictions, and their projections are very much in line with what we see as the future of Federal IT.
IDC considers four pillars when discussing IT – social, cloud, big data and analytics, and mobile. In 2014 the firm predicts that government will achieve true transformation only if each of these four pillars advances to gain new ground. Citrix, a leader in mobility and virtualization solutions, has the capabilities to help our government partners excel in these key areas.
As the consumerization of technology continues, public sector employees are increasingly expecting to leverage social-style applications for productivity in the workplace as they do ubiquitously in their private lives for social engagement. Citrix answers this call with our Podio and ShareFile products. Podio, a social collaboration tool, enables users to build applications and set up workspaces to support effective workflows. The platform includes hundreds of business applications, enabling the customization employees are accustomed to in their personal social channels.
Additionally, ShareFile enables optimal productivity for a mobile workforce. This follow-me data solution empowers IT leaders to deliver robust data sharing and sync service, promoting mobility and collaboration for users – anywhere, on any device. Both Podio and ShareFile are robust and critical solutions to deploy for agencies to achieve the new age of social workstyles.
With regard to mobility, agencies continue to gain traction with this important priority. As they do, they are increasingly understanding the need for an enterprise approach to mobility management. Answering this market need, Citrix introduced XenMobile Enterprise Edition – the first holistic approach to mobility management encompassing mobile device management, mobile application management, and mobile data management – and, mobility is the strong base making up IT implementations today. We are seeing many of our customers truly excel in their progress towards achieving mobile and flexible workplaces with this ground-breaking solution.
When it comes to big data, analytics, and the cloud, Citrix has the tools agencies require to securely operate in the cloud and manage large amounts of data. Cloudbridge provides a unified platform that connects and accelerates applications while optimizing bandwidth utilization on cloud networks. Our solution is the only wide area network (WAN) optimization solution with integrated, secure, transparent cloud connectivity, allowing for datacenters to be augmented with infinite capacity and elastic efficiency.
Additionally, our NetScaler solution optimizes, secures, and controls the delivery of all enterprise and cloud services. This solution offers high scalability for big data and analytics – with the ability to meet application traffic growth, key to many government agency’s growing web and mobile presence. Unlike other products, the scalability of NetScaler can be increased by simply upgrading licenses, without the replacement of hardware – saving budget and wasteful down time. Additionally, NetScaler also offers end-to-end service delivery of any application – enterprise, cloud, mobile, or web – to meet performance and availability.
In 2014, IDC further predicts that agencies will have a renewed emphasis on connection security – a constantly critical and ever-challenging priority across government. They anticipate a 12 percent increase in authentication spending with up to 30 percent of government agencies replacing or upgrading their authentication systems.
Citrix XenApp, the industry-leading solutions for virtual application delivery, enables government agencies to securely deliver Windows applications as mobile services. Applications are centralized in the datacenter to protect all information – reducing the risk of data loss or unsecured connections, further aligning with government agencies mobile initiatives and focus on authentication.
We look forward to a new year of progress in modernizing technology throughout government organizations and our team is equipped with the leading solutions and expertise to help our government partners achieve their innovation goals, securely and cost effectively. 2013 has taught us that while obstacles may arise, vast opportunities remain for us to reach a new age of computing, and we’re excited for the journey.
Tom Simmons, Area Vice President of Public Sector for Citrix Systems is available at tom.simmons (AT) citrix (DOT) com.