It feels like barely five minutes have passed by since we closed out a hugely successful Summit 2016 here at Citrix. But the wheels of industry never stop turning and now we’re at full throttle once again, planning for what promises to be an amazing Synergy 2016.

For me, Synergy is always a great event. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve attended Citrix Synergy as a customer, as a member of the awesome Citrix Customer Council and–most of all–as an out-and-out geek. It has never failed to impress, but this year, as we all know, there’s been a lot of change – both for me and for Citrix on the whole.

I embrace change. Citrix embraces change. Change is good.

Synergy 2016, which will be hosted in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, is my first Synergy as CTO for Workspace Services. As a reminder, the Workspace Services group encompasses much of the core technology that Citrix offers: XenApp, XenDesktop, XenMobile and XenServer – to name but a few.

It’s truly exciting to be handed a blank canvas, along with the opportunity to deliver my vision during the event. I am determined to ensure that the session will be a huge success.

Those who know me, or who have heard or read my recent post regarding the need for us to balance our customer needs of today (preserve) with the needs of tomorrow (enable), will not be surprised to learn that I aim to continue that theme during the CTO session at Synergy.

Recently, as I stood in front of my whiteboard, sketching out yet another set of ideas and topics for inclusion, I had a flashback to my “customer days.” I guess once you have that DNA, you always have it – right? All the things I had drawn up looked good, but just how good? How relevant were they? Would they resonate with the most important people at Synergy – our customers? Would they hit the spot?

It’s important to me to ensure that what I present has absolute relevance to our customers and their digital business transformation journey, not just for today, but for tomorrow, too. Balancing those paradigms is of paramount importance, and in undertaking that endeavor; I’ve decided to take a different approach – one that suggests that the best thing to do is to hear it straight from you – there is simply no better way to ensure that the message hits the spot!

Here is my ask–an it’s very, very simple: tell me what is important to you and on what things you’d you like to hear the Citrix CTO’s perspective.

I realize that this is an unusual approach, and it’s perhaps a little risky, but that’s OK. Each and every one of you can bring a unique point of view and those, collectively, are like gold.

The more interactive this becomes, the more feedback I get. The more feedback I get, the better understanding and context I get. Of course, I’ll reserve the right to decide what makes the final cut, but hearing from you all will make this a fantastic exercise overall.

All you need to do is send an email to with your wish list. Please feel free to share your company name and your role, if you are permitted to do so. If not, then remaining anonymous is fine too.

Thank you, in advance, and I look forward to seeing you all at Synergy in May.

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