Citrix Ready Profile Management Video Challenge Winners

November 5, 2010

Citrix Ready Profile Management Video Challenge Winners

The votes are in – the Citrix Ready User Profile Management Challenge 2010 Winners are announced.

The Citrix Ready Video Challenge highlights the importance of successfully managing the user element of the desktop – possibly the most important piece in ensuring user adoption of new desktop delivery methodologies and ensure desktop are well managed, secure, compliant, and run with minimal operational cost.

As a leading Citrix Ready Partner and Winner of the Citrix Ready Solution of the Year 2010, AppSense were proud to be invited to participate in the video challenge.

The Challenge was judged by an expert panel for the following four categories:

  1. The Best User Experience
  2.  Extreme User Personalization
  3.  Robust Deployment and Management Features
  4.  Most innovative video and Citrix community award (voted by the viewers!)

AppSense won 2 out of the 4 categories:

Extreme User Personalization Winner
“The user experience is the most critical factor for a successful implementation a profile management solution because if a user does not feel that she is using her own personal desktop, the solution has failed to meet its objective.”

Comments from the judges –“AppSense video talks about how they can inject settings to/from various app virtual solutions and User ability to migrate/roam between devices with no noticeable difference”

Most Innovative vide and Citrix Community Award Winner
The winner of this category was selected by the user community for best humor and creative use of video.”

Congratulations to the other category winners; Best User Experience – triCerat, and Robust Deployment and Management – RESSoftware.

You can view the challenge videos here:

And read the Citrix Community Blog Winner Article here:

Thanks to all who voted AppSense the winner.

Vote for the AppSense Video!!

October 14, 2010

We have a new video on the Citrix Community web site.  “The Most Interesting AppSense Man in the World”.  Take a look here and vote for us!!  Click here.

Network World – AppSense “User Virtualization” Video

March 23, 2010

We recently completed a pretty exhausting press tour in New York, Boston and San Francisco.  One of the sessions in Boston was with Network World, where our Martin Ingram, VP of Strategy, recorded a video piece on user virtualization -> Video here.  

Going back to basics (and making some interesting references to movies and Roman Generals!) Martin walks through the precepts of user virtualization – why it’s essential, and what the business benefits are. 

We’re finding more and more people we talk to  (including many of our enterprise customers) are accepting and embracing the changing nature of desktop delivery; that a component-based desktop (OS, Apps, User) is the only viable solution that provides the best user experience, the most agile desktop estate and the lowest management cost.   

The video is about 10 minutes long and is well worth a watch!

Pete Rawlinson – VP Marketing, AppSense.

Citrix release XenApp6 and XenDesktop4 FP1

March 19, 2010

At AppSense, we share a user-centric view of desktop virtualization with Citrix, and we believe XenApp 6 represents a significant move forward in terms of improving the working experience for users.  From HDX 3D to VOIP enhancements it seems that Citrix continue to move ahead of the curve in terms of ensuring not just the same working experience as a traditional PC, but a much improved one. 

I’ve blogged about this before and believe that in order for desktop virtualization to really take off, we need to provide a super user experience, not just ‘the same’ user experience.  We have many customers using AppSense user virtualization technology with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, and a big reason why they choose this combination is the focus on the user.  This is not just about cost reduction, it’s about using technology to create effective, agile, satisfied (and therefore highly productive) employees. 

With FlexCast, Citrix serves the needs of a highly diverse user base.  With user virtualization added to the mix, every user in this diverse user base receives a fully personalized environment – even in the most complex desktop estates with many technologies, OS versions and bit versions.  So we congratulate Citrix on their latest release and will continue to work closely with them to provide the best user experience for our joint customers around the world.

Further information on the Citrix realease:
Citrix XenApp6
Citrix XenDesktop 4 Feature Pack 1


Peter Rawlinson |  VP Marketing, AppSense.

DV Adoption – It’s all about the user experience

February 12, 2010

I was reading recently a blog entry by Bruce Hoard over at the Virtualization Review.  Titled 2010: A watershed year for VDI, the article talks about the results of a survey of some 1500 IT execs about implementing desktop virtualization.  I think many people agree that 2010 will be the proof-year for VDI (65.7% of respondents in this case), but what was interesting about this survey was the degree to which respondents were highlighting user experience as critical to the success of their VDI roll-outs.  From “factors used to evaluate success of VDI projects” (83% said end “user experience”) to “likely obstacles to full scale VDI deploy” (answer…”user resistance to giving up existing desktops”) it seems evident that regardless of the business model and technologies you are planning to use for your VDI project, compromising the user experience in any way makes those considerations moot. 

So what composes the user experience?  Well, there’s performance for one….a slower desktop is bad news.  Mobility in HVD is another…..”what do you mean I can’t take my desktop home?”, and of course a predictable and personal working experience is another. 

Making the move from physical to virtual (or mixed) environments promises to bring increased flexibility, better business planning capabilities, and higher levels of productivity (oh and maybe reduced cost?!).  So why shouldn’t it not just create a similar user experience to the PC, but a better one?  With better network protocols, accessing devices, operating systems and applications, why shouldn’t the user experience improve with virtualization? 

We see customers who have implemented our user virtualization technology providing better experiences to their users – not just the same as the PC.  For example, a consistent personal desktop experience from anywhere at any time (“you mean my work and home PCs can have the same look and feel without me doing anything?”), the ability to still have a fully personalized VDI desktop when not on the company network, even the ability to take your ‘personality’ with you across geographic, OS, accessing device and contextual boundaries without it having to be tied to one monolithic desktop.  Since with user virtualization the personality is managed independent of the desktop, the underlying ‘corporate’ OS and apps are freshly provided every time access is required, hence they are always new, clean and up-to-date – no build up of trash! Nice! 

Combining user virtualization technology with improved protocols, accessing devices, OS’s, apps and delivery mechanisms is a proven ‘best practice’ approach to ensuring that this most important of considerations is nailed from day one.  Don’t implement VDI without it!

Pete Rawlinson, VP Marketing, AppSense