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Citrix lightens the load for mobile workers in the Middle East

Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), the global leader in access infrastructure solutions, today released findings from research into mobile work routines that reveal cell phones, laptops and personal digital assistants (PDAs) along with requisite power chargers and cords are a growing burden for mobile workers to haul on business trips away from the office.

The findings show a trend of bags and pockets weighed down by a web of cords, computers and entertainment electronics. Citrix offers ways for mobile workers to slim down with device-independent, secure access to business critical applications anytime, anywhere.

According to the research survey of more than 700 respondents, two out of five mobile employees carry multiple devices with them on trips away from the office. Almost three-quarters of workers on-the-go carry cell phones, making it the most popular mobile device. More than a third of workers carry between two and four devices, while the top six percent of the mobile worker population lugged five, six or even seven devices. Overall, almost a quarter of all mobile workers carry three or more devices with them at a time.

To help alleviate this growing issue, Citrix provides flexible access infrastructure that makes it easier to connect people to applications and information from any location, with any device, over any network, with the best possible access experience. Through technologies such as application virtualization, companies can reduce the number of devices mobile workers have to carry by giving employees access to applications and information back in the data center through any network connection.

'Companies are investing heavily to help their employees be productive while they're on the road, but these findings show mobility sometimes makes traveling more complicated - especially with today's emphasis on airport security. In addition to hindering mobile workers at security checkpoints with the bulk of cords and power bricks, traditional desktop applications these workers need may be trapped on laptops or in the corporate data center, and not as easily accessible as travelers require,' said Scott Herren, group vice president and general manager, Virtualization Systems Group, Citrix Systems. 'Citrix is a company entirely focused on giving employees access to applications from any device. Our goal is to free employees from their devices and untying applications from infrastructure. Citrix enables business applications and data to follow employees wherever they work with no heavy equipment to weigh them down.'

'IT Mobility is no longer the domain of the senior executive. As the Middle East sees rapid economic growth, companies are realizing the need to empower more and more employees with remote access to business critical data and applications, wherever they are. With the common practice of regional management across multiple offices and often multiple countries, more and more employees need real-time visibility into their business while traveling. Citrix is one of the top IT vendors who are helping its customers in the region grow more productive, efficient and responsive, via a mobile workforce, supported by a simple, secure, high performance remote access infrastructure,' added Ian Cochrane, Marketing Manager, Citrix Middle East.

Organizations that would like to offer their mobile workers an alternative to carrying pounds of heavy electronic equipment can turn to any one of three Citrix solutions. Citrix Presentation Server?, designed for enterprises, is the No. 1 application virtualization solution for providing any user with secure access to client/server applications from anywhere using any device or connection. Citrix Access Essentials?, designed for small businesses, enables small organizations with 5 to 75 users to securely access order entry, billing, scheduling, CRM, accounting and other Windows-based line-of-business applications over the Internet with just a Web browser. Citrix? GoToMyPC? for consumers offers the easiest-to-use remote access solution for accessing desktop resources through Web-based access to all desktop resources. The product uses advanced Web-based screen-sharing technology that works with a consumer's existing firewall and Internet infrastructure. Moreover, these Citrix products offer an excellent solution for enterprises that are concerned about security, data loss or ID theft from stolen or lost electronic equipment such as laptops.

The survey of more than 700 nationally representative Americans who travel for work was conducted by Kelton Research between June 20, 2006 and July 3, 2006 using an e-mail invitation and an online survey. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population, 18 years of age and older. The survey has a 95 percent confidence rate with a margin of error of 3.7 percent. Electronic devices included in this research were laptops, cell phones, PDAs, music players and headsets and personal DVD players.

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