Twitter Pic of the Day

My Twitter pic of the day was taken by Dane Young (@youngtech), who tweeted: “Anyone WedSummitblog photodoesn’t think ‪@citrix was FOR REAL with their ‪#CitrixPartnerLove campaign, here’s your proof!! ‪#CitrixSummit

Thanks, Dane! I saw a lot of great photos on my Twitter feed this morning from last night’s incredible Partner Appreciation Party with our special guests, Goo Goo Dolls.

Pictures tell the story of partners and employees enjoying good company, terrific music and genuinely feeling the #CitrixPartnerLove. I’m glad everyone had so much fun—partners really are at the heart of everything we do.

Tuesday highlight: Diversity in technology

Just prior to last night’s party, Kimberly Martin, Citrix vice president of partner strategy and sales, introduced a smart and committed panel of speakers for a special session on a topic that’s getting a lot of attention lately, especially in our industry. Is there a lack of diversity in technology? Simply, yes. It’s a complex and challenging question that our panelists tackled in last night’s SUM194: Diversity in Technology session.

Part of the problem is that we are not creating talent at a young age — Jacqueline de Rojas, area vice president, Citrix Northern Europe

Jesse Lipson, corporate vice president and general manager for Cloud Services, Citrix, agreed: “How do we feed the funnel? It’s a problem, but it’s one that we need to solve.” Panelists encouraged tech leaders to develop processes that shine a light on talent and give young people role models to emulate to help our industry thrive.

Careers in technology give women freedom and massive opportunity and we don’t talk about it — Karyn Jeffery, vice president and head of End User Services, Global Delivery MIS, Fujitsu

All the panelists agreed that examining unconscious bias is critical. “For the executives in the room: Accept your responsibility,” said Nancy Pautsch, president, Envision Information Technologies. “We have to lead by example. We are mentors.” Thanks to all our panelists for a thoughtful discussion!

Closing Keynote

Let me see your superhero pose! Business performance expert Ryan Estis was the special guest speaker at our Closing Keynote today, bringing Summit to a close with electric enthusiasm and some excellent tips. (The superhero stance is courtesy of Psychology Today, which reported on a study that showed changing your physiology can change your psychology. Try it: stand up, wide stance, chest and shoulders out, chin up. Hands on hips, crossed at the chest or clenched by your side. Do you feel powerful?)

Ryan acknowledged that the changes we’ll be navigating in the future will be happening at a much different pace: it’s the Era of the Customer. In order to engage, compete and win, we need to remember to step outside our comfort zones, brand the customer experience—“Customers do not buy on price. They default to price in the absence of value and a quality experience,” he said—and build from a position of partnership. Finally, Ryan asked everyone to choose three ideas from the dozens we all took away from Summit, and commit to Take Action Now on just those three items in the next 30 days.

I’m starting my list now—what’s on yours?

Hot sessions

As the partner portion of Citrix Summit 2016 came to a close, attendees were focused on getting as much training as possible before leaving Las Vegas. The following sessions were the most popular technical breakouts of the day—and remember, these and all Summit sessions will be available on demand at Citrix SalesIQ after February 8.

• SUM503: Improving XenApp and XenDesktop user experience with GPUs
• SUM227: Architecting a multi-tenant Citrix XenApp solution on Microsoft Azure
• SUM201: XenApp and XenDesktop tech update

Simply Serve @ Summit

We have some very generous partners and employees! More than 800 of you took time to give back to the community by assembling 1,000 STEM and 1,000 reading kits which will be delivered by the United Way of Southern Nevada to preschool and elementary students in low-performing schools. Also, 28 students from the Leaders in Training program were speed-mentored by 34 employee and partner volunteers. These students are poised to be first-generation college students in their families. Thanks to everyone who helped these young people envision a bright future for themselves!

Looking ahead: Citrix Summit 2017

It’s hard to believe that we packed so much training, networking and #CitrixPartnerLove into a few short days! Keep the momentum going: watch for success kits, use cases and other resources, including recorded sessions and speaker presentations, on Citrix SalesIQ.

Bring your customers to Citrix Synergy 2016, in Las Vegas May 24–26; it’s a great opportunity to build relationships (and develop new deals) in an environment of learning and training. And don’t forget to save the date for Citrix Summit 2017, January 9–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

Thanks to all of you who joined us for Citrix Summit 2016 here in Las Vegas, and safe travels home, especially to our partner who traveled the furthest—14,834 km from Sri Lanka!

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Cover image courtesy of Vishal Ganeriwala, Senior Director Technical Marketing for Citrix