One of the compelling aspects of technology is the pace of innovation and change. Not long ago, a laptop or desktop computer with keyboard and mouse hardwired to the corporate network clearly defined a workspace. In this new era of user-centric computing, where users engage across multiple devices, platforms and clouds, how does IT keep up? Visibility into these heavily distributed and complex environments is difficult. The good news is that Citrix is in the business of helping organizations of all stripes navigate this workspace transformation to achieve their future of work.

An essential ingredient for IT pros to help them deliver secure digital workspaces in this fast-paced environment is advanced analytics. Citrix Analytics uniquely aggregates and correlates information across network traffic, users, files and endpoints in Citrix environments to gain a comprehensive view of users, application performance and usage. It provides predictive analytics with prescriptive actions. It uses advanced algorithms and machine learning to surface “hard to find insights” from across Citrix products, and then takes action on that information. Citrix Analytics was born to support the complexity and sophistication of today’s IT environment.

Speaking of speed of innovation, it was just a year ago at Synergy 2017 that Citrix Analytics was introduced for the first time (if you want to see the remarkable progress from inception to launch, check out the initial introductionfrom last years’ Synergy keynote). Here we are a year later and Citrix Analytics is on the cusp of broad availability.

Over the past several months, select customers and Citrix Technology Professionals (CTPs) have been working with us to ensure Citrix Analytics provides the keen insights around our first use case: security and User Behavior Analytics (UBA).  The feedback has been excellent in helping smooth out the data onboarding and first-time-use experience.

Figure 1. Citrix Analytics welcome screen

One of the first challenges Citrix Analytics will tackle is around identifying and stopping malicious users doing a variety of things that negatively impact the business. Going forward, we’ll be applying machine learning and advanced algorithms to the area of application performance and usage/operations. It’s been an exciting past year with Citrix Analytics and we can all look forward to as much or more innovation in the coming year.

To see and learn more about Citrix Analytics at Citrix Synergy 2018, be sure to meet products experts in the Citrix Experience Center, attend sessions and meet the executive team conducting a fireside chat.  I’ll see you at the event.

More information about each session can be found in the Citrix Synergy Session Catalog:

  • SYN124:Using Citrix Analytics to reveal and mitigateinternal threats
    (Wednesday, May 9, 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
  • SYN110:Identify security threats with Citrix Analytics – a ShareFile focus
    (Thursday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
  • SYN126:Actionable app and desktop monitoring in Citrix Cloud – a XenApp/XenDesktop/Director focus
    (Thursday, May 10, 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.)
  • SYN704:Deep insights across the Citrix portfolio with Citrix Analytics – meet engineers and data scientists
    (Tuesday, May 8, 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. and Thursday, May 10, 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • SYN405:A fireside chat with Citrix Analytics executives
    (Tuesday, May 8, 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
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