Tom Simmons

  1. Looking Forward in Federal IT – Tech Innovation in 2014

    Citrix Cloud Networking

    As we’ve entered into 2014, the Federal IT market is assessing priorities and opportunities in the year to come. 2013 was a year in which agencies achieved much success in their efforts to innovate IT infrastructure, but we know that opportunities to achieve more traction remain. Recently, I observed the International Data Corporation (IDC) 2014 government technology predictions, and their projections are very much in ...

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  2. How to Handle New Year Tech – Government Agencies Face New Device Deluge

    As we celebrate the arrival of 2014, new tech devices received during the holidays are all the rage.  At the same time, it’s important to remember that these devices are heading to work.  Last year, mobile devices drove more than 17 percent of the 2013 holiday season spend – an increase of about 12 percent from 2012.  And, in their annual holiday forecast, the Consumer ...

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  3. Mobility Momentum in 2013 – Successes Continue, Opportunities Remain

    Throughout the past few years, the Federal government has issued several policy directives to accelerate agencies’ use of new technology to drive innovation and transformation.  These directives include the Department of Defense Mobile Device Strategy, the Digital Government Strategy, the Federal Telework Act, and the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy.  As another year comes to a close, we should reflect on what we have accomplished and ...

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  4. Any Office, Anywhere – Flex Workspaces are the Next Gen of Office Space

    As Federal, state, and local governments continue to face serious budget restrictions, agencies seek creative ways to stretch their constricted budgets.  To preserve important public services, government organizations are increasingly looking internally ‒ focusing on improving operational efficiency and reducing unnecessary overhead – including the cost of office space.  Many agencies are beginning to adopt flex workspace, a concept gaining significant traction in some of ...

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  5. Driving Telework in Federal Agencies – Slowly but Surely

    Over the last several years telework has driven virtual collaboration and teleconferences which have replaced costly business travel, caused desk assignments to vanish and be replaced with “hoteling” policies, and at-home offices to replace time-consuming commutes.  But, when it comes to Federal agencies, many are still struggling to make telework a reality due to several real, but surmountable obstacles. Telework enables employees to work from home, ...

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  6. Citrix Continues Mobility Momentum, Positioned as Leader in Gartner’s 2013 Mobile Device Management Software Magic Quadrant

    Citrix Gartner Magic Quadrant

    In today’s technology market, companies are constantly touting the unique and vast benefits of their products, and often times, the consumer is left scratching their heads about who actually has a superior solution. Gartner, as the world's leading information technology research and advisory company, is a guiding light in the technology space and has provided sound insight for more than 30 years. And considering this, we ...

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  7. Telework – It’s All in the Tech

    Telework is a hot topic this week at office water coolers – both physical and virtual – around the nation as business news has ignited passionate discussion about the merits of flexible work environments.  Timing is particularly appropriate as this is Telework Week, a global effort created by the Mobile Work Exchange and sponsored by Citrix to encourage organizations and indidivuals to telework for the ...

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  8. Citrix Kick Starts Public Sector Mobility Momentum with Citrix Mobile Solutions Bundle with XenMobile

    2013 is all about mobility for the public sector.  We are in the midst of a powerful convergence of necessity – the need for public sector organizations to do more with less – and a growing consumer demand for (and some would say dependence on) anytime-anywhere connectivity.  These factors, along with Federal and state and local policy directives and toolkits, are helping to put wind ...

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  9. The 2013 Government IT Vision – Embracing Innovation to Realize Transformation

    What’s ahead in 2013 for public sector IT?  For most managers, the familiar tune of “doing even more with less” rang in the new year.  Undaunted and true to their mission, government IT processionals are looking to innovation to give them the edge they need to meet both the needs of constituents as well as public sector employees. With this as a backdrop, cloud computing will ...

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