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Twenty per cent cost savings achieved through Bring-Your-Own programme says Citrix

Company aims for default BYO policy by 2015.

 

Date: 21 Dec 2011

Only three years after launching its Bring-Your-Own (BYO) programme, Citrix has achieved its anticipated twenty per cent cost saving. This is a result of fewer desktop support requests and incident reports, as employees worldwide purchase and maintain their own work devices. Following this success, the company is looking to tailor the programme for different countries to realise its three year vision of offering the BYO programme as a default benefit for all Citrix employees.

In support of this, according to a new survey, 53% of IT professionals in the UK have implemented desktop virtualisation solutions in order to support the diverse range of devices that employees are bringing into the workplace*. With 73% believing this will offer greater flexibility for the workforce, 78% believe desktop virtualisation, and subsequently BYO, will deliver reduced IT and / or business costs.

To ensure that the scheme continues to evolve and attract new employees, Citrix is currently reviewing the benefits it offers. It is also currently reviewing the stipend provided for device purchases with a view to differentiate this further between geographic regions. This will allow all employees, regardless of location, to enjoy the same benefits from the scheme by accounting as far as possible for geographic differences like taxation.

Martin Kelly, vice president of information technology, Citrix said, “Implementing a BYO programme was a logical step for Citrix given our technology allows users to securely access their desktop on any device. The financial dividends we have seen from the programme have demonstrated significant return on investment which is why we are working with our customers and partners to implement similar schemes within their organisations. Whilst the total number of Citrix employees has increased by 2,000, we have made significant savings on IT. As we continue to expand the scheme and put plans in place for the next few years, we hope to see these savings continue to grow as well as help our customers obtain similar results.”

The Citrix BYO programme was born as a solution to allow personal devices to be used in the workplace. It was initially available to employees who had been with the company for a minimum of 12 months and each participant was allocated a stipend to put towards a device of their choice. Once purchased, employees are required to install and maintain anti-virus software as well as purchase a three year support agreement.
 

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