Citrix Mobility DC 2014

Did you make it to our Citrix Mobility 2014 event in Washington DC? If you did, you enjoyed an amazing day of industry breakthrough announcements, breakout discussions, partner demonstrations, and the chance to hear first-hand from some of the most respected names in government mobility and virtualization.

In case you missed it, we’ve got you covered:

  1. Download the presentations and peruse the pictures at www.citrixmobilitydc.com
  2. Check out #CitrixMobilityDC on Twitter and see what everyone’s talking about

And here’s my personal review of the day…Citrix Mobility 2014 focused on 3 principles: Change, Agility, and Experience; concepts which resonated from session to session.

Kicking off with the Keynote

The day began with keynotes from Tom Simmons and Mitch Parker and an inspiring welcome video by our CEO Mark Templeton. HP revealed its Moonshot platform, which greatly reduces operational costs of hosted desktops. Dell presented its new Venue 11 tablet, the only tablet with a built-in smartcard reader. We heard from Rob Bectel from DOE and FCC’s John Skudlarek, who discussed what mobility means to their agencies and the changes they are experiencing. We also heard about cloud computing and networking, necessary platforms to support the agility required by the mobile explosion.

Citrix VP Mitch Parker at Citrix Mobility DC 2014Insight and Foresight in Breakout Sessions

Throughout the day we had several breakout topics ranging from MDM and VDI to datacenter consolidation and next generation workspaces. These four topics are the heart of federal mobility that aligns with telework, consolidation, and cloud-first Federal initiatives. Citrix’s Catherine Courage provided excellent insight on the importance of user experience; not just to Citrix, but to agencies looking to implement mobility and how they should consider experience in their mobility plans. We heard from Lisa Schlosser from EOP and Lena Trudeau from GSA about the importance of how a user, admin, executive experience has helped shift old world regulations toward new and creative solutions addressing government challenges.

Not only did we share our vision of the mobile workspaces of the future, but we heard how agency IT professionals and leaders are evolving towards a mobile future as well. We saw amazing demonstrations on PKI integration on truly mobile devices with Receiver for iOS and Android, which provide DoD personnel the ability to use CAC authentication on mobile devices, accessing every app needed to be a truly mobile executive. No other vendor provides a flexible, secure PKI enabled solution with unparalleled user experience. We saw Hosted Mobile Mail, the Mail client that provides a native mobile experience with zero device footprint. Going beyond mobility and mobile users, we explored the IT infrastructure needed to enable the mobility explosion: Cloud, virtualization, application, and VDI hosting.

Partners tie it all together

Attendees visited several partners to learn how their complimentary technology supports the goal of achieving government mobility. Manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Cisco, Palo Alto and Nutanix showcased integration of their products, built to deliver unmatched Citrix user experience. Samsung also showed us how its secure and approved Knox solution integrates with the power Citrix XenMobile solution. Other partners included Accelera, CDW-G, ePlus, Force 3, GTRI, immixGroup, Ingram Micro, Intelligent Decisions, and SHI.

A true champion of IT agility

Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.) speaking at Citrix Mobility DC 2014Retired General Keith Alexander brought us to a close with an amusing keynote that tied mobile devices and his toddler grandchildren to thoughts about federal mobility. He brought awareness to the massive amount of data that exists and the agility needed to keep pace with our rapidly changing world. He shared the importance of security, and the devastating impact both financially and to sovereign state operations. He drew a great analogy of Kennedy’s vision of landing a man on the moon to the need for defense of our national networks, and the opportunity to pursue secure mobile productivity in our federal spaces. Back to the main idea: federal mobility will require change, agility, and experience.

Helping Aleethia Foundation care for our wounded warriors

At Citrix, we believe in the ideal of giving back to the communities where we work and live, and at this event, provided fundraising efforts in support of injured service members who paid a great personal price in defense of our nation and freedom worldwide. We’re proud to have raised over $5,700 in a single day for our wounded warriors. Proceeds will help the Aleethia Foundation, which provides support and services to injured service members, their families and caregivers.

It was an enriching day, learning about mobility, virtualization and cloud and how this technology is shaping the Federal and State & Local governments of tomorrow to be more agile, innovative, and cost efficient. Learn more all year long by following us on Twitter @CitrixPublicSec.

If you were at Citrix Mobility DC 2014, please share your experiences in our comment section. Tell me what you liked, disliked, wish we had more of, and how we can make next year’s event even better than ever. If you weren’t with us, plan to attend upcoming Citrix events sure to enlighten us all.

Citrix SVP of Customer Experience Catherine Courage at Citrix Mobility DC 2014