Three keys to releasing user productivity potential

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15 September 2016

It had been predicted that the advent of millennials in the work force, creating effectively a multi-generational workforce, would have serious implication for the IT department.

Firstly, according to surveys by Mersive, the collaboration and conferencing tools company, millennials prefer informal ‘huddles’ to scheduled meetings with fixed locations. They have a focus on collaboration instead of presentations and readily embrace ad-hoc workspaces and mobility.

But these demands must be balanced by necessity on the one hand, and the needs of an older section of the workforce for whom calendars, email and fixed meeting spaces and times are still common practice.

Added to all of this is the pace of technological change which means that virtual workspaces where collaboration is a standard feature, follow the sun support and virtual, distributed teams are not only possible, but favoured in many instances and the demands on IT are severe.

However, the C-Suite has taken all of this onboard and user experience and collaboration are moving up the agenda in the digital transformation plans of many organisations. Releasing users to achieve their full potential through better tools and platforms is now a common strategy.

There are three key areas within this for IT. First are the technologies, applications and platforms necessary to facilitate all of this new communication. Secondly, there is the identity and access management issue, to ensure that people can safely access what is appropriate, and work and share as such. And lastly, there is data protection, at rest, in motion and when accessed across multiple domains, both geographically and otherwise.

To tackle these complex issues, TechFire, in association with Fujitsu, Microsoft and Citrix, has put together an expert panel that will look at each of these areas and then bring the threads together to form a cohesive strategy for Irish organisations.

Shirley Finnerty, Windows business group lead, Microsoft, will describe how, in a constantly changing threat landscape, Windows 10 Mobile provides multi-layered security that allows organisations to keep users productive and connected anywhere, anytime, without compromising corporate security.

David Delaney, service delivery director, Fujitsu, talk about Fujitsu Workplace Anywhere, an end-to-end mobile workplace solution customised with Windows 10 and in both non-virtualised and virtualised environments with Citrix.

Bryan Janes, WW solutions architect, Citrix, will outline how Citrix, working with Fujitsu and Microsoft, delivers digital transformation projects. The key is to ensure that apps, data and users are integrated and connected not only securely but everywhere, allowing customers to use the right devices for the right job and location.

The user interview will be with Richard John, group head of EUC Transformation, British American Tobacco. John is the driving force behind the end user computing transformation in BAT, where his vision is to deploy the full Microsoft Office 365 solution underpinned by Windows 10 across a vast global estate, providing a digital transformation to unlock dramatic reduction in IT costs.

The session takes place on Thursday 29 September, at 08:00, at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. To register got to


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