What’s better than getting to Citrix Cloud? Getting to Citrix Cloud with no bumps in the road. But is it possible, and how can you do it? You’re in luck; Cetus Solutions are a Citrix Platinum Partner, which means that we’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’re good at it. By the end of this informative series, you’ll be able to identify your organisation’s primary use case for Citrix Cloud services, decide on your key goals and how to measure success against them, and define your user groups, project delivery roles and timeline for your project. Your Citrix Cloud journey doesn’t have to be a long-winded one, and here is the simple guide to make it a whole lot less muddled.

Why leverage Citrix?
No matter what kind of IT infrastructure you’re looking at, it’s going to be an investment. So why Citrix? The thing about Citrix is that it’s been around for a while- since 1989 in fact, long before digital workspaces and the cloud became a thing. But that sheer amount of history brings with it a huge portfolio- one that you need to be taking advantage of. Begin by thinking of your use case. What do you want Citrix to help you achieve? Here are a few examples;

– Increase productivity
This is a common one; don’t we all want to cram as much as possible into the working day? Citrix Cloud is great for enabling staff to work more flexibly, give field workers access to their mission-critical applications when on the move, incorporate a BYOD policy and improve productivity through simplified delivery and management.

– Enhance security
Citrix is very popular amongst organisations for having a full portfolio of products that all work harmoniously for a seamless solution. This is especially important when it comes to your security- you want that bolted on real tight, not with any old ‘trim to fit’ plug stopper. Protect against internal and external threats, have more control over access, achieve regulatory compliance, and network and IT visibility that allows you to control and optimise performance, pre-empt attacks and simplify management.

– Simplify IT infrastructure and management
Some organisations look to Citrix Cloud to reduce their IT footprint, workloads and costs. Whether that’s to stop maintaining on-premises servers, decommission secondary data centres, free up key staff to work on improving business performance or ensuring that routine updates don’t get neglected.

– Business continuity
Disaster recovery is one of the biggest benefits of having cloud, and Citrix can make it easy. It’s easy to create your organisation’s first DR strategy, reduce the complexity of your existing DR strategy and even reducing the cost of it with Citrix Cloud

– Unified workspace experience
One of the favourite services that Citrix delivers with Citrix Cloud is the promise of a quality end-user experience for all users, regardless of where they are. Regardless of whether you want to provide secure access to apps, desktops and content, secure browsing and content control of SaaS apps, have a single point of entry for apps, desktops and content or effortless interactions and collaboration with others, Citrix Cloud can guarantee that you’ll have all the services that your users need.

What’s your starting point?
Before you so much as look at possible Citrix services, it’s important to know your situation. No organisation is the same. With different starting points for cloud (new to Citrix, transitioning from an on-premises Citrix environment or from a non-Citrix solution), there are so many questions to ask yourself to discover where you are in the journey and what a successful Citrix Cloud deployment would look like for you. Why are you planning an infrastructure project now? Is this one part of a larger-scale project? What do you expect to get out of the transition? By sitting down with key shareholders to identify these factors, organisations can avoid an ambiguous expedition that would inevitably result in disappointment.

Who are your end-users?
Citrix is renowned for its promise to its end-users. It’s imperative at this point that you know for sure who your end users are and what they need to achieve their goals. Create user groups based on job roles, departments or geographical locations- remember, not everyone sitting in an office will need the same applications! Some job roles depend on mobile working capabilities, while it can sometimes make more sense to define user groups by department. It’s ok if a user group contains both internal and external users. You’re going to need to grant different permissions to external users, so it’s important to consider the composition of each group at an early stage.

Once you’ve decided on your end-users and their respective user groups, record them in a table, along with the devices they use, the apps and services they use, as well as the percentage of internal and external users.

We’ve just demonstrated how easy it can be to start off your Citrix Cloud journey. Make sure to catch parts two and three in your path for success, where we will discover how to measure your success, how to create the best project team and how to create your project timeline. Follow us on Twitter or on LinkedIn to keep up to date with our latest blog content and news. In the meantime, make sure to have a chat with our experts; we are a Citrix Platinum Partner after all!

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