|By Business Wire||
|January 14, 2014 06:00 PM EST||
Today at Citrix Summit™, IBM Global Services was announced as the winner of the company’s first annual Citrix® Innovation Award for Partners in the Enterprise Solutions category, designed to honor organizations that are driving innovation and delivering business value for their customers. IBM Global Services has designed and implemented its Smart Business Desktop Cloud, a hosted virtual desktop environment using Citrix technology.
IBM Global Services, a global systems integrator, was selected for its work with Westpac Banking Corporation, an Australian financial services company. The project involved replacing local servers with a centralized environment and replacing PCs with thin clients to improve customer service and reduce IT costs and management. This hosted virtual desktop solution, IBM Smart Business Desktop Cloud, which utilizes XenDesktop® and XenServer® has transformed the delivery of services to the company’s retail business by allowing employees to use their own devices for work while improving mobility and security.
“Building partner engagement, expanding customer relationships and growing multi-product customers are goals that are key to the long term success of Citrix,” said Tom Flink, vice president of Channels and Market Development Sales, Citrix. “IBM Global Services is delivering real business value to customers including Westpac Banking Corporation and we are very proud to recognize them for that work. We look forward to continuing our solid working relationship now and into the future.”
The Citrix Innovation Award for Partners Program seeks to inspire Citrix partners, prospects and their customers to think differently about IT: as a key strategic component to enable business and organizational success, grow market share or compete beyond the industry norm.
The other finalist honored this year in the Enterprise Solutions category was Atos, a Paris-based global systems integrator that has worked with Nokia Solutions and Networks to design and implement an Employee Mobility Portal that enables their 60,000 users to work in a highly secured mobile IT infrastructure.
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