Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest post from Dave Shirk, President, Products & Marketing for Kony, Inc. Kony is collaborating with Citrix to help customers become mobile-time enterprises and reap the rewards of mobility done right. The company has seen customers achieve incredible business results through mobility, and they are committed to working with Citrix to deliver theirs business mobilization solution to ensure customer success. Enjoy! — Chris

You’ve probably heard the saying “mobile is eating the world.”

It’s also creating tremendous opportunities for enterprises today. Leading organizations across the globe are adopting mobility to drive transformation within their organization and competitive advantage in the market. In addition, we have seen many organizations successfully use mobility as a catalyst for business process innovation. Today, enterprise mobile apps are no longer a “nice to have.” It has now become a strategic imperative for businesses to effectively compete in this new mobile era. It’s not surprising that mobility has become one of the top five priorities for investment to help enterprises better engage with their customers and empower their employees to be more productive.

As we all know, Citrix is a leader in the enterprise mobility space, with a robust solution encompassing the Workspace Suite and Cloud, collaboration tools, enterprise mobility management, virtualization, with cloud and local network infrastructure solutions.  Kony is also a recognized leader in mobility solutions with its innovative and award winning Kony Enterprise Mobility Platform with the most robust offering in the industry from development tools to mobile middleware used to mobilize customers across the globe.

With this in mind, when we discussed opportunities to work together with the Citrix team, it became clear that customers are looking to unify their mobile strategy, from infrastructure through applications.  With its XenMobile solution, Citrix has been enabling a productive and collaborative mobile workforce for several years.  Now, enterprises want to mobilize their field force, retail branch operations, supply chains, doctor and patient communication, and more.  You name it, transformation across every industry is happening today.  This is where together, Citrix and Kony can innovate and help customers truly become a mobile-time enterprise!

We are excited to team up with Citrix to accelerate development of mobile apps with a world-class experience across a wide range of industries, including banking, insurance, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government and more.  We want to empower enterprises to fast track their mobile strategy, with a comprehensive, proven, mobile-centric approach.

Together, we can kick-start a mobile strategy with enterprise-grade Kony Apps built on the Kony Enterprise Mobility Platform and secured by XenMobile that can help companies get to market faster. Kony Apps deliver multi-edge experiences that are fully customizable, easily integrated, highly secured, scalable, and business-ready with reporting and analytics. With Kony Apps, customers get individualized solutions from quick-start app templates designed to efficiently mobilize the enterprise to meet business needs, exceed user expectations and drive business results. Kony built mobile apps are designed for any mobile device and operating system, provide the best of both worlds: built-in best practices, features, and connectors that make it easy to get up and running fast.  Designed to enable users to customize the app specifically for their business.

All Kony apps are built on our open and fully extensible Kony Enterprise Mobility Platform to meet the development needs across the full mobile app development and operations (DevOps) lifecycle.  Uniquely built to support both IT and lines of business, this full DevOps solution encompasses unique app UI design tools (Kony Visualizer) and the leading multi-channel app dev tools (Kony Studio), empowered by Kony’s Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) offering (Kony MobileFabric), as well as testing and analytics. It extends fully to the end user through the addition of Kony Apps, which allow customers to get to market faster.

Kony’s mobility solution expertise and its strong track-record of successfully helping leading global enterprises build the most robust mobile apps across industries such as financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, travel and hospitality, federal and state government, and many more. Kony has solved the demanding mobile needs of innovative customers such as Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Citi, HSBC, Regions, SunTrust, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Source Refrigeration, Cathay Pacific, Applebee’s, OTIS, Coca-Cola, Mars, Heineken, Marathon Oil, Anadarko, KPMG, PWC, US Foods, and hundreds more have relied on Kony’s experience and expertise to successfully transition to a mobile-time enterprise.

In the financial sector, Kony helped a leading bank, which operates nearly 1,500 branches across North America, move into the digital age and find new ways to serve the banking needs of their customers. While focusing on growth in retail banking, this financial institution also wanted to deliver a consistent branded experience. They wanted their customers to have the same experience and get the same quality of service whether they did their banking at the branch, through the call center, or decided to do business digitally through mobile banking or online. To execute on this vision, the bank turned to Kony and successfully leveraged Kony’s industry-leading mobility platform to deliver a comprehensive mobile-first solution, providing its customers with consistent user experiences across all of the touch points. (Read the complete case study.)

Kony’s deep understanding of the healthcare industry made it the ideal choice for a leading pharmaceutical firm. This customer realized it was time to rethink how they brought their business to market. They saw that doctors had the latest and greatest technology – they were using iPhones and iPads. The pharmaceutical firm realized that they needed to empower their sales executives who called on these doctors to be up-to-date with technology as well. In the past, when the company wanted to launch a new sales initiative and update the Windows-based solutions that supported it, it often took IT nine months to a year to develop the applications.  The company began by developing a few native apps for iPads. But as demand and complexity grew, the IT team required a more comprehensive solution. The company adopted Kony as its mobile application development platform. By using Kony’s mobility platform, they were able to become much more nimble and rapidly released additional mobile enterprise apps to support its sales activities, which resulted in increased sales and customer service. (Read the complete case study.)

This commitment to customer success is what sets the leaders in the industry apart. Citrix has received much recognition for their technology leadership. Kony has also been recognized by the industry for its mobile technology innovation and customer success. For two years in a row (2013 and 2014), industry analyst firm Gartner placed Kony in the “Leaders” quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms. Kony also received the highest scores in in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Mobile Application Development Platforms report. In addition, Kony was recognized as “One of the Best Platform Solutions for the Enterprise” amongst Mobile Application Development Platform providers in theOvum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Mobile App Development Platform Solution, 2015-16.

We are excited to collaborate with Citrix to help customers become mobile-time enterprises and reap the rewards of mobility done right. We have seen customers achieve incredible business results through mobility, and we are committed to working with Citrix to deliver our business mobilization solution to ensure customer success.

David Shirk
President, Products and Marketing 

Dave Shirk is Kony’s President, Products and Marketing. With more than 25 years of experience in high technology across product management, product development, marketing, sales, and general management, Dave oversees all aspects of Kony’s broad enterprise mobility product portfolio, strategy and marketing efforts.