Wipro, Citrix and HP partner on remote working solutions
With work from home set to become a more permanent shift for many organisations worldwide, three tech firms – IT consulting company Wipro, software firm Citrix and IT giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) – have joined forces to help organisations accelerate their digital transformation efforts providing a more efficient and enhanced solution to working from home.
Remote working is here to stay
The pandemic has had a lasting impact on the workplace with most employees (89%) expecting to be able to work from home to some degree once the global crisis is over, and 35% of employees in the US happy to work from home full time, according to recent research by BCG and The Network.
And many companies are keen to facilitate this transition. Most UK firms (71%) are planning to allow employees greater flexibility on where they do their jobs, according to a CIPD survey; and spend by businesses on technology over bricks and mortar has vastly accelerated over the past 18 months, delivering an more concrete sign that WFH is here to stay.
IT spend hit a first quarter record, growing 35% to SU$41.8bn for the first three months of this year, according to Canalys, with the research firm saying this acceleration of digital transformation over the past 12 months was down to firms adapting to new working practices, including WFH.
WFH systems currently flawed
However, what many companies have discovered in the last 12-18 months, during what has been the world’s biggest remote working experiment, is that the infrastructure and systems they currently have in place simply aren’t unified or secure enough for a long-term shift to remote working, with many facing challenges due to improper infrastructure and security issues.
“In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent new normal, businesses feel pressured to implement secure, remote work options for their employees,” says Arwa Kaddoura, VP, Worldwide Sales, HPE GreenLake.
And to do so effectively requires an IT system that is not just highly secure but also high performing, as well as being flexible, efficient, accessible, and improving employee engagement and collaboration.
Solution to offer collaborative, flexible workspace
And that’s where this new solution courtesy of Wipro, Citrix and HPE comes in, with its delivery of a powerful digital workspace in a trusted and secure public cloud where “employees can access everything they need to get work done and perform at their best wherever they happen to be”, says Sachin Menon, VP, Global Strategic Partners, Citrix.
Such a solution will equip enterprises with the ability to enhance employee experiences and build a “collaborative, intelligent, flexible and sustainable workspace that helps them achieve transformative outcomes”, adds Satish Y, Vice President, iCORE – Cloud and infrastructure Services at Wipro.
So, how exactly will the solution work?
Delivered through a pay-per-use model that is subscription-based, agile, elastic, and offers a consistent cloud experience, the solution integrates Wipro’s Desktop as a Service platform, virtuadesk – which creates and enhances virtual workplaces – with various services offered by Citrix and HPE.
It will leverage Citrix’s Virtual Apps & Desktop Services with a zero-trust security strategy alongside purpose-build Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) from HPE to manage workloads and create secure, high-performance virtual compute environments through HPE GreenLake cloud services.
Wipro virtuadesk provides accelerators for cloud readiness assessment, cloud migration and application life cycle management and makes it easier to leverage the benefits that accompany artificial intelligence, automation, the Internet of Things, heightened mobility and advanced analytics.
“This integration strengthens our complementary capabilities in virtualisation tools and platforms, desktop and application integration, as well as workplace management services,” concludes Satish.
Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR
The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.”
NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well.
2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer.