Are You Ready for the Chaos that the Olympics Will Bring?

Wednesday 28th March 2012

An estimated 6 million Olympic athletes, officials, media and spectators will descend upon London when the Olympics arrive in just a few months time bringing disruption to the journeys of thousands of commuters. Without adequate preparation, many London businesses will suffer a reduction in employee productivity, hampering their ability to simply "do business" – the question is: are you prepared?

  • Circa six million athletes, officials, organisers and visitors are projected.
  • The disruption will span three months from July to the end of September.
  • Transport for London is predicting 60% over capacity on the Tube.
  • Over 170 miles of London roads will experience 'Games Lanes' road closures.
  • Commute journey times are predicted to double, possibly treble.
  • Some London stations are scheduled to close during peak time.
Source: "Clearing Olympic Hurdles" - a study conducted by JBA in 2011.

Ask yourself…

  • Are you concerned about a potential reduction in revenue as a result of the predicted disruption?
  • To what extent do you think employee productivity will suffer as their journeys to work are disrupted?
  • Would employee productivity be maintained if they could work securely from home or another convenient location?
  • Does your current remote working solution hinder an employee's ability to work effectively? (slow/not secure/cannot access all IT systems etc.)
  • Will your current remote working solution cope with an increase in remote working? (performance/SLAs)
  • Can your IT department provide a seamless service to all employees and affected parties?
  • Do your staff have safe remote access to your corporate systems?

Can Citrix solutions help?

Citrix Mobile Workstyle Solutions help companies -

  • Build simpler and more cost-effective IT environments
  • Deliver IT as a service to the business
  • Enable mobile workstyles for users
  • Make it easy for employees to work wherever and whenever, on whatever device they choose.

The Citrix Promise

Citrix mobile workstyle solutions provide an end-to-end virtual computing solution, from the datacenter to the desktop, which encompasses virtual desktops, virtual datacenters, virtual meetings, virtual networks, and network optimization to ensure a high-definition user experience.

  • Simpler, more efficient management and more flexible use of IT resources
  • Simpler, more productive computing and greater freedom in workstyles
  • Lower IT costs, higher agility, and a more effective workforce for the business
  • From the datacenter to the desktop, Citrix offer end-to-end solution that encompasses virtual desktops, data centres, networks and network optimization products that deliver a high definition user experience.

What do Citrix customers say?

"A virtualised desktop allows our employees to access email, produce documents and work remotely as needed. By adopting Citrix globally, we've been able to provide better work-life balance for our employees and address strategic initiatives for the business. Data, applications, desktops follow our employees wherever they go. In the UK, we primarily deliver to PC, Mac and laptop users. We also have employees using the Citrix Receiver to log on via their iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices. Crucially, IT is now providing the business with a tool that enables our employees to respond to and meet clients' needs faster and better than the competition." - Alan McBride, IT infrastructure project manager, SNR Denton

Introducing...Workshifting from Citrix

Simply put, workshifting is a strategy based on getting work done in the right place by the right people at the right time. The foundation of workshifting is Citrix XenDesktop, which enables on demand delivery of virtual desktops and applications to give users unprecedented flexibility and mobility while maintaining security. This is complemented by Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix GoToAssist, which bring easy to-use online collaboration and remote support to workers

The Top 10 Reasons to Embrace Workshifting

  1. Drive business growth
  2. Improve time-to-value for mergers and acquisitions
  3. Increase employee retention through a better work-life balance
  4. Recruit the best employees wherever they are
  5. Enable borderless collaboration without the cost and disruption of travel
  6. Lower facility costs
  7. Accelerate business velocity by moving processes to optimal locations
  8. Improve customer service quality and speed
  9. Control corporate data and ensure compliance
  10. Achieve seamless business continuity

If you are planning to increase your Citrix coverage, or genrally looking for a remote working solution, please contact us on 020 8786 1500 and we would be happy to explore the options available to you.

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