May 23, 2019

Flexxible IT delivers intelligent app transformation service for Citrix Cloud

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Flexxible IT, a leader in digital workspace solutions, announces today the availability of Apps2Digital via the Azure Marketplace.

Applications are the life-blood of an organization and the ability to seamlessly incorporate them into modern digital workspaces is vital to realizing the full potential of digital transformation. Today that just got a lot easier thanks to Flexxible IT and the release of Apps2Digital.  An Azure cloud hosted service, Apps2Digital leverages Citrix Cloud services and gathers extensive insights to an organization's end user computing environment, it uses this intelligence to rapidly transition and automate delivery of applications to virtual environments. The service simplifies app life-cycle management and enables organizations to drive the vast majority of users to adopt new digital workspace environments within three months.

"Widespread adoption of digital workspaces depends on successfully discovering and virtualizing all of your critical apps." said Sebastian Prat, CEO and Founder of Flexxible IT.

"Many organizations struggle with understanding what apps are in use, their relevance to business operations and the degree of difficulty in moving them to a virtual environment with simplified Application lifecycle management.  We have designed Apps2Digital to be a simple and intelligent service to help organizations with these challenges, reduce transition timeframes from many months or years to weeks and provide real-time adoption visibility."

Revolutionizing transformation

Moving all users to a digital workspace while accommodating perhaps hundreds or even thousands of apps is cited as one of the most difficult digital transformation challenges an organization faces. The work Flexxible IT has done in digital workspace infrastructure development, serviced desktop and app delivery, made it clear that organizations need a solution to overcome adoption barriers, track user adoption goals and manage apps across multi-cloud environments.

Apps2Digital includes:

Inventorying - successful delivery of a digital workspace project requires extensive understanding of end user computing resources and app usage. To eliminate the burden of static EUC assessment, the service uses a lightweight and secure open-source agent that analyzes endpoints to create an inventory of apps, their usage and resource requirements.  The inventorying and analysis process enable apps to be prioritized for virtualization based on their relevance to business operations. This inventory technology helps later to track the adoption and provide key important information on the adoption.

End-to-end lifecycle management - fundamental to the success of digital workspace adoption is establishing and maintaining user confidence. From day one users need to have an easy way to access their apps. Apps2Store an extension to Citrix Storefront, enables IT to publish, with an approval process, all inventoried apps to users for self-service subscription. Inventoried apps are prepared for digital workspace integration using the Virtualization Kanban. Users are seamlessly transitioned from local to virtual instances as apps are moved to virtual delivery.

Multi-cloud management and visibility - moving apps to the cloud delivers agility, scale and efficiencies that helps drive down costs.  To take full advantage of these benefits, Apps2Digital leverages Citrix Cloud capabilities to deliver control and visibility across multi-cloud environments. Whether it's on-premise / enterprise or SaaS, companies can deploy, monitor resources, cloud costs, and most critically, track user adoption of apps across any cloud platform.

Availability and Pricing

Apps2Digital is available immediately via the Azure Marketplace for channel partners and end-users.  The service is priced per nominal users.

David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, VMblog.com. And co-founded CloudCow.com, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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