The consumerization effect on corporate IT continues to evolve.

According to a recent Fortune cloud report, 82 percent of enterprises want multi-cloud solutions. What initially started with employees bringing in their own devices, and using their own mobile and SaaS apps, has now evolved to bringing their own cloud. IT needs a flexible control plane to align IT governance with business needs to be able provide secure workspaces that deliver an optimal user experience.

For anyone following the trends over the last decade, this was not a surprise, but an eventuality. Enterprises used to choose multiple vendors due to best-of-breed or lock-in avoidance strategies. But these strategies and choices were typically decided by a central IT organization in conjunction with a procurement office.

But today the rules have changed. helped start this trend because salespeople were fed up with their company’s legacy, on-premises CRM software that didn’t allow them to do their jobs efficiently. changed the conversation from one of capital expenditures to one about operational expenditures with low-cost monthly subscriptions that allowed salespeople to start with a simple swipe of their credit card. This effectively forced IT to get in line – not the other way around.

Soon enough, other lines of businesses started to create their own “shadow IT” as well – including purchasing other cloud services like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, among others. These users weren’t concerned with ELAs or procurement procedures – they just wanted to get a job done.

Flexible and Agile Cloud Governance

In today’s world, Citrix does not dictate what cloud or resources your employees should use – no vendor can! Enterprise line of business (LOB) managers are choosing clouds in the same way they used to choose programming languages – based on features and existing knowledge. This can lead to a typical scenario where each department might have its own cloud. For instance:

  • for sales and marketing
  • Amazon Web Services for engineering
  • Microsoft Azure for finance

All the while, there are still hundreds if not thousands of applications still running inside the corporate datacenter. Even if IT still did have total control of the LOBs resources, they may still not consolidate to single cloud for various legitimate reasons, such as:

  • Cost – different services are priced slightly differently by the cloud vendors
  • Geo scalability – each cloud service has its datacenters in different locations and a customer may want to choose the cloud service closest to its employees
  • Regulatory requirements – special government rules dictate that certain data not leave a county’s borders
  • Performance – not only do you want the cloud close to the users, but in some cases, close to other applications and data

Similarly, it’s not necessary to run your virtual apps and desktops in the same clouds as your other applications and data, but in some cases it can be optimal to do so. And that is exactly what you can do with Citrix Workspace Cloud. As you can see in the figure below, Workspace Cloud was built for customer choice and flexibility.

Workspace Cloud can manage all of your mobile workspaces wherever you would like to put them. This control plane gives administrators complete control and governance over the workspaces just like they were all in a single datacenter. And its not just for your apps and desktops either, Workspace Cloud gives you control over your data (Sharefile) and mobile apps and devices (XenMobile). You as the customer, have the choice to select the services you need to meet your workspace needs at that moment in time, all integrated together for a truly personal mobile workspace.

Citrix is the only vendor that allows IT multi-cloud flexibility to align to the business needs to provide secure mobile workspaces while providing an optimal user experience. This eliminates friction between IT and the LOB’s because it puts IT back in control and allows them to determine the balance between meeting enterprise governance standards and meeting the demands of the end users. To experience the simplicity and flexibility for yourself, take Workspace Cloud for a test drive at today.