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Citrix Snowden-Proofs Enterprise Files in The Cloud

Some Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) vendors don’t do much to appease IT managers who are so nervous about putting Enterprise information in the cloud that they simply don’t do it. Never mind that their potential customers have good reason to do the opposite, given the high operating expenses and substandard user experiences that on premises solutions provide.

The cloud-only vendors figure that the advantages of SaaS solutions, time and the emergence of the mobile-first, cloud-first world will eventually appease the fears of would-be customers who have been spooked by the likes of NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden and the cold, hard proof that governments can (and do) tap into service provider data—triggering questions and conversations about data privacy, service provider trust, metadata, blind subpoenas, the NSA and the US Patriot Act.

Citrix isn’t one of those kinds of EFSS providers; instead, they take their reluctant customer concerns very seriously and work day and night to develop solutions that will make enterprise managers confident about storing, sharing and collaborating on files in the cloud.

With Acquisition, Citrix Aims for Lead in EFSS Market Race

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The Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) market race doesn't expect to make its final lap any time soon.

And Citrix is confident it's taken a lead with its latest acquisition.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based software giant announced yesterday it acquired RightSignature, the professional electronic document signing platform that marries Citrix's file storage, sync and sharing capabilities for businesses.

This isn't a new partnership but a solidifying of an existing one.

"We’ve been working together for the past year and have seen how our customers have benefited from, and happily embraced, the combination of easy e-signature and secure file sharing," Citrix's vice president and general manager of Documents Cloud, Jesse Lipson, said in a blog post. "It’s also a smart relationship: This acquisition supports our goal of helping our customers work better by improving critical document workflows."

Enterprise File Sync & Share Solutions: What's the Difference?

2014-29-August-Confusion.jpgHey IT Manager: if you don’t think your company has a file sync and share solution, you’re fooling yourself. By some estimates, over one third of your employees are using one as many as four times per day. And if protecting your company’s information is your responsibility that spells trouble. Because whether you want to admit it or not, you've lost control.

Gartner Rates Enterprise File Sync and Share Vendors

As anyone who reads CMSWire regularly already knows, the Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) market is hotter than hot. The 100+ players within it introduce new features and new releases almost as often as soccer's Tim Howard saves goals.

So it’s no wonder that Gartner, in its newly released Magic Quadrant for EFSS, notes that the market is maturing and that vendors are working hard to differentiate themselves.

Showdown at the Mobile Enterprise Corral

2014-07-July-Cowboy-Graffiti.jpgWhy have so many mobile enterprise companies made financial announcements within the last few weeks? In the mobile device management (MDM) space, Good Technology has filed an S1 to go public and MobileIron successfully executed an IPO. In the File Sync and Share (FSS) space, Dropbox announced a $500M line of credit after having raised $325M in funding only months earlier, and Box just announced another $100M investment.

Why these companies … and why now?

Can Microsoft's Newest Azure Service Help Change the Future?

2014-16-June-Zoltar.jpgNo, Microsoft’s new boss, Satya Nadella, hasn’t gone loopy on you.

But today the world’s largest software provider unveils a cloud-based, big data/analytics solution to help enterprises predict the future and to react to it -- ahead of schedule -- thereby increasing the odds of achieving a desired result.

“It’s been cooking for a while,” said Eron Kelly, general manager of the company’s data platform division. 

“It,” to be more precise, is a Microsoft Azure Machine Learning service, AzureML, that helps enterprises apply advanced analytics to big data to forecast and take action on what is yet to come.

News Bites: DAM Shutterstock, Vizify Yahoo and More

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So much news in just the past week: WebDAM joins Shutterstock, Vizify joins Yahoo, new features come to Evoq Social, an e-commerce package comes to Silverpop and Citrix opens up video for remote support. 

Citrix Boosts NetScaler Security

Delivering many kinds of applications to many kinds of devices — securely and without inconvenience to the end users — are challenges for IT departments. But maybe this news from Citrix will help. The company just announced that Palo Alto Networks’ next-gen firewall in virtual form factor is available to protect delivery on its NetScaler SDX platform.

Citrix Buys Framehawk to Extend Mobile Productivity

Citrix Snaps up Framehawk to Ensure Mobile ProductivityCitrix has bought virtualization provider Framehawk, a technology company that delivers desktop applications to mobile devices over Wi-Fi and cellular connections.

Goodbye Dumb Clothes, Hello High Tech Wearables

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Someday, your children or grandchildren may ask you what it was like before clothing had intelligence.

According to a soon to be released survey from Citrix, the tipping point between dumb and smart clothes — aka wearable tech — is just around the corner.

Citrix Speeds Up its XenMobile MDM

citrix.jpgWith everyone bringing a mobile device of choice to work, mobile management has become critically important. This week, Citrix is out with the latest version of its enterprise mobile device management suite, XenMobile. It features several time-saving functions.

XenMobile MDM provides a unified, role-based management of mobile devices, apps and data with integrated email, browser and data sharing. It also offers Citrix’ Worx Mobile Apps, which Citrix says is the industry's largest collection of business-specific apps, including WorxMail for email, calendars and contacts, WorxWeb for Net and Intranet access and ShareFile for file synching and sharing. 

Citrix Acquires Byte Squared for iPad Editing of Office Documents

Citrix Acquires Byte Squared for iPad Editing of Office DocumentsCitrix has announed it has aquired an iPad document editing tool called Byte Squared, and the ability to edit Office documents will now be rolled into its ShareFile Enterprise system.

Worried About Mobile App Security? Citrix Launches Worx App Gallery to Help Out

Worx App Gallery, mobile apps, security, citrixEnsuring the security of mobile apps ranks at or near the top of any IT department's master list of Things to Worry About. To address this worry, Citrix launches Worx App Gallery to provide enterprise-ready mobile apps that are verified for security and policy, and managed through Citrix XenMobile. 

How to Create a Cost-Effective BYOD Policy

How to Create a Cost-Effective BYOD Policy

When it comes to the mobile enterprise, issues related to BYOD are at the forefront. In their recent report, AIIM found that while more companies are developing BYOD policies, there are still those who are putting their systems at risk, resulting in increased costs. But what if BYOD didn’t need to be complicated or expensive?

Podio Platform Improves Social Capabilities with IM, Audio, Video Chat

podiologo.pngCitrix has announced two new chat functions that are designed to improve the functionality of the Podio project management platform.

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