Member of the Month

MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Each month we learn a bit about a CUGC member and their interests, and ask some random questions.

Member of the Month  Scott Osborne Omaha, NE, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? I currently work as a Regional Lead and Sr. Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions focused on Citrix technologies from a EUC  standpoint. So, for me, I daily get to work across the whole stack on a myriad of various projects. However, if I were to pick one specific area, it would be the Citrix ADC. Pretty much any project I work has an ADC focused component to it. I end up doing a lot of work with scoping, designing and implementing anything ADC (VPX, ...
Member of the Month  Nathan Smith Austin, TX, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? We are currently embracing the virtual application and desktop technologies that Citrix provides due to the level of security from data center to endpoint that is unparalleled anywhere else in the industry. We love the fact that we can deploy a DLP program, encryption in transit and at rest all with a basic design from Citrix. What are the biggest technology challenges you deal with and how do Citrix technologies help resolve them? Our ...
Member of the Month  Shane Kleinert, CTP Coral Springs, FL, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? Working as a Senior Solutions Architect for Choice Solutions, the Citrix technology stack is our bread and butter. We work with various customers and industries of all sizes. To me, that is the most exciting part of our work–taking the opportunity to understand the problems our customers are facing and building technology solutions specifically for those use cases.   For those working with Citrix for any length of time,  you will realize ...
Member of the Month  Jane Cassell, CTA London, UK      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? Currently, I am focused on Citrix Cloud and IaaS, on various public cloud platforms, establishing the best underlying configuration onto which to deploy the Citrix components to make the best use of cloud tech. I am one of the Senior Workspace Consultants in the Hybrid Workspace team at my company, HPE. I originally joined a fairly small UK company specializing in Microsoft Azure deployments to bring my 20+ years of Citrix experience to the team. A few months ...
Member of the Month  Garren Quibelan San Jose, CA, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? One of the most important Citrix technologies to my work here at PayPal would be Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS). PayPal has thousands of Virtual Desktops across multiple geographical locations. PVS gives us the ability to centrally manage the virtual images assigned to all of our endpoints. Without PVS, we would not be able to streamline our patching process, keeping our data secure from vulnerabilities. Tell us about your role in your company ...
Member of the Month  Greg Tiber Madison, WI, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? Application virtualization and Sharefile. We've centralized applications and isolated unique applications within our environment using Citrix Xenapp. We purchased Sharefile a few years ago to consolidate all our file sharing into one industry-leading tool. What's the biggest tech challenge you're currently dealing with, and how does Citrix help? I'm currently working towards upgrading to 7.18. This will be a complete restructuring of our environment as we position Xenapp/Desktop ...
Member of the Month  Nick Burton Indianapolis, IN, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? The XenApp/XenDesktop suite, paired with NetScaler ADC+Gateway, allows our users to have a great and consistent experience from any device, any location, and at any given time. These products have become a core component to delivering applications and desktops to our entire workforce. What's the biggest tech challenge you deal with, and how does Citrix help? Delivering applications to thousands of endpoints utilizing traditional methods is nearly impossible, but ...
Member of the Month  Ryan Revord Omaha, NE, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? XenDesktop and Netscaler–I belong to a team responsible for delivering apps and desktops worldwide to over 25k concurrent users daily. This combination of products allows us to do that. What's the biggest tech challenge you deal with, and what Citrix solutions are you using? Security and analytics in general. We need a lot of data, ranging from what applications were run within a user session down to how a session is performing. We are looking at MAS to provide a facet ...
Member of the Month  Patrick Coble Fairview, TN, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? Citrix Workspace Apps and Desktops (XenApp and XenDesktop) along with Citrix ADC (NetScaler) are what I work with on a daily basis. Workspace Apps and Desktops is the center of most customers' worlds when it comes to securely delivering application and desktops, which is why it is most important to my work. What's the biggest tech challenge you deal with, and what Citrix solutions are you using (or plan to)? Keeping things moving and up to date. One of my clients ...
Member of the Month  Kevin Howell Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? We work with the full Citrix ecosystem. I am currently spending a lot of time developing our Digital Secure Workspace DaaS offering with Citrix Cloud and Microsoft Azure. Key work areas are XenApp/XenDesktop, NetScaler, along with Windows 10/Office 365! What's the biggest tech challenge you deal with, and what Citrix solutions are you using (or plan to)? Digital Strategy and Cloud Transformation for large scale Enterprise clients. It’s quite simple ...
Member of the Month  Steve Elgan Omaha, NE, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? We use XenApp, StoreFront, Netscaler VPX, PVS, and MCS on Nutanix to deliver our Electronic Medical Record workloads to about 1200 users in three states. We love how well Citrix integrates with and runs on Nutanix! What's the biggest tech challenge in your work environment, and what Citrix solutions are you using (or hope to)? The largest challenge is trying to keep the environment as simple as possible while providing the best user experience. Citrix has enabled us ...
Member of the Month  Cathy Leik Portland, MI, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? I work with most frequently with XenDesktop/XenApp, MCS, Profile Management, Receiver, and NetScaler. What are the biggest tech challenges in your work environment, and what Citrix solutions are you looking at? One of the biggest challenges I’ve been dealing with is Windows 10–the changes between versions, and how to deal with it in a non-persistent desktop environment. Things like login speed, roaming the start menu and O365. Currently, I’ve been doing things the ...
Member of the Month    Chris Bohner Chicago, IL, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? We leverage important technologies that are core to EUC, including XenApp/Desktop, StoreFront, PVS, and XenMobile. As of today, we deliver more and more VDIs and our Mobile footprint expands daily. What are the biggest tech challenges in your work environment, and what Citrix-related solutions have you implemented or do you hope to implement? Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago has a very complex core infrastructure. The number one software we deliver is Epic. It ...
Member of the Month Bryan Larsen West Jordan, UT, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? The whole Citrix ecosystem is important to us, but in our current production environment, the absolutely critical components today are: XenApp, PVS, StoreFront and Netscaler. We utilize Citrix to deliver our critical core business applications to ~800 employees in over 85 Branches in five states. What are the biggest tech challenges in your work environment, and what Citrix-related solutions have you implemented or do you hope to implement? We are building ...
Member of the Month Robbie Phillips Green Bay, WI, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? We deliver applications, including line of business applications, through XenApp and utilize NetScaler for a lot of our underlying network functionality. We currently manage about 350 applications hosted across 60 servers which are used by 7,000 users around the world. Like most companies, our top priority is to provide our users with easily accessible, responsive applications that allow them to be as productive as possible. At the time of writing this, we are currently ...
Member of the Month   Senthil Arumugam Los Angeles, CA, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? Xenapp, Xendesktop, StoreFront Servers and Netscalers are most important Citrix technologies at my work currently. What are the biggest tech challenges in your work environment, and what Citrix-related solutions have you implemented or hope to implement? The biggest challenge is image management for VDI infrastructure on XenDesktop. We are in process of evaluating application layering and would be implementing application layering technologies which can ...
Member of the Month Sarah Vogt Orlando, FL, USA      What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? At Greenberg Traurig, the most important are XenApp, NetScaler, StoreFront, and XenDesktop–not exactly in that order, but close. Our attorneys have the choice of using firm managed laptops or VPN, and we utilize Outlook Web Access, or NetScaler Gateway and XenApp and/or XenDesktop. My team and I feel very proud when an attorney tells us Citrix is their preference due to how easy, consistent, and functional our environment is today. 15 years ago, Greenberg Traurig used to ...
Members of the Month        John Flanagan Raleigh, NC, USA Aaron Hutchinson Olympia, WA, USA    What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? John :  XenDesktop, NetScaler, and PVS. I'm in their consoles at least once a day. Aaron : Our big Citrix items right now are NetScaler and XenApp, with XenDesktop taking a distant 3rd place. What current tech trends are you most interested in? John : The Internet of Things is the next wave of technology that will completely revolutionize the way that we work and live. In the not too distant future, your refrigerator ...
Member of the Month   Michael Baum Cincinnati, USA   What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? We are a very large XenApp shop, with over 1,000 servers delivering both published desktops and about 1,200 published applications across our enterprise; ~98% of our environment is on v7.13. Because of the size of our environment, and number of applications, we could not manage this environment effectively without PVS, which I find to be such an amazing product in itself and works so well. I am looking forward to utilizing App Layering (Citrix UniDesk) to further simplify our ...
Member of the Month   Jonathan Pitre Montreal, Canada   What Citrix technologies are most important to your work? Recently, I changed jobs and I'm now working as a Technology Specialist for a Citrix Service Provider in Montreal. Mostly, we deliver apps and desktops to our customers and partners through our custom web portal. Our portal is built around StoreFront and delivered securely with NetScaler. 95% of our apps are hosted on XenApp server images that we manage with Provisioning Services servers. Since we are managing a lot of different clients with different needs, we are looking ...