At Citrix, we believe that nothing validates the value of our solutions better than our customers. That’s why customers will be center stage at Citrix Synergy 2016.

From the General Session keynotes to more than 100 training and breakout sessions, over  80 IT and business leaders will share their personal strategies, tactics, and experiences for using Citrix to:

  • secure data and apps;
  • optimize network performance;
  • mobilize the workforce; and
  • deliver competitive advantage for their organizations.

We’re proud to count the Citrix Innovation Award finalists among this impressive customer line-up. Response to our call for award submissions this year was tremendous, with dozens of entries from commercial, non-profit and governmental enterprises in diverse end-markets, ranging from education, financial services and government to healthcare and retail.

Award nominees included exceptional stories of visionary organizations all over the world using virtualization, networking and file-sharing technology to drive innovation, simplify IT, and solve real-world problems by saying YES to digital business.

The Envelope, Please?

Ultimately, three outstanding contenders have been selected as finalists for this prestigious award:

  • Arca Continental, the third largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world;
  • Action for Children, a charitable organization serving children and communities across the UK;  and
  • Baloise Group, the largest Swiss all-industry insurance service provider

Award finalists will be recognized on Wednesday, May 25, during the General Session at Synergy 2016, where this year’s winner will be announced.

Here’s a sneak peek at their stories:

Arca Continental (Monterrey, Mexico) is a global manufacturer and distribution company that relies on Citrix to deliver business applications to more than 12,000 users across a diverse service area, including Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and the U.S. Ninety-five percent of data traffic runs on Citrix throughout its distribution centers and warehouses on tablets – and in the field on legacy devices – enabling workers to securely and reliably monitor the entire supply chain.  By deploying a flexible digital business platform, Arca Continental has dramatically increased operational efficiency and successfully scaled its IT systems to match business growth and rapid integration of IT systems from acquired companies.

Action for Children (London, England) was founded nearly 150 years ago to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK. Today, its 6,000-member staff operates in 400 locations, working with 180 local authorities to deliver vital services.

Untethered from their desks, social workers, care givers, field and office personnel can securely access apps and data on-demand from wherever they’re located.  By deploying a flexible, efficient IT environment equipped with 3,000 thin clients and 1,500 tablets, Action for Children has not only mobilized its workforce, but drastically simplified day-to-day processes (paperwork, data capture) and cut operational costs.

Baloise (Basel, Switzerland) is one of the largest providers of insurance to individuals and businesses. The Swiss insurance holding company has given its 7,500-person workforce the freedom to securely access apps and data on any device from anywhere across its European operations. With Citrix, Baloise has reimagined its workplace to enable simpler, flexible workstyles, fostering a rich user experience, increased productivity and improved employee satisfaction. Beyond mobility, a digital IT platform has led to greater business agility, enabling the company to scale and adapt in real time to growth, expansion and changing market dynamics.

Get Ready to Cast Your Vote!

What happens next is up to you. Starting on May 16, 2016, you can take a behind-the-scenes look at each story on video here and cast your vote for the company you deem most deserving of the 2016 Citrix Innovation Award.

Please join me next month at the most customer-centric Citrix Synergy ever. We intend to inspire you with the tools and confidence to say YES to workforce mobility, security and compliance, BYOD, workplace redesign, hybrid cloud infrastructure – and whatever comes next.

To learn more, stay tuned to these pages and Twitter. We’re on track for record attendance, so be sure to register now.

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