Collaboration has always been a part of the workplace, now more than ever
In recent times, the importance of pulling together is more obvious than ever. But this sense of cooperation has long existed in our personal and professional lives. Whether lending a cup of sugar to a neighbour in need, or running a global collaboration programme at work, the core principle remains the same: combining strengths for a better outcome.
This is something Citrix realized many years ago. While every business is a specialist at something, it’s impossible to be an expert at everything. This honesty with ourselves is what has cemented our long-standing relationship with system integrator, Fujitsu – a partnership that’s soon set to span two decades.
Being aligned in our goals has resulted in an easy partnership, we both believe user experience is absolutely key. This means collaborating to overcome customer challenges is simple, and if we need to bring other joint partners like Microsoft in we’re able to.
The latest challenge
It will be no surprise that the latest hurdle many of our and Fujitsu’s customers have faced is the quick transition to remote working. A testament to our alignment as partners is that both of us have been working remotely for a long while, so it’s a project that we’ve been eager to use our own experience in.
Now we’re seeing massive demands from customers to access things securely, have a good user experience, and have the ability to work flexibly. And this is needed quickly and at scale… which is where the collaboration with Citrix and Fujitsu comes in.
Citrix can provide the core technology for this. But having the infrastructure to work remotely is more than just the tech. To be successful, businesses need education, user management during difficulties, and problem-solving support. Fujitsu is the expert in providing this side of the delivery, which means together we’ve been able to provide both aspects to customers.
Collaboration is key
For a lot of businesses over this period, a quick transition to remote working would simply not have been possible or nearly as effective without collaboration. And I think this need to work together will be key in the new world.
While many already had digital transformation and remote working in the pipeline, their progress has now been accelerated. The downside of this is that they don’t have as much time to plan each phase of the transformation and consider the blind spots it may have. Collaboration can position a trusted advisor within a programme to point out the spots that your organization may have become blind to.
This is certainly something I’ve experienced at Citrix. There are times when we’ve been working on a project and have reached a stumbling block. But by being part of Fujitsu’s ecosystem we’ve been able to draw in other partners to outline oversights.
Aside from Citrix, I’ve seen some great examples of this kind of collaboration. One being Centrica who partnered with Fujitsu to transition to a cloud-based platform. It meant the business was able to service different entities around the world from one management point. As they used skills from various partners in order to lay strong foundations, it was able to quickly scale its cloud platform as soon as the pandemic hit.
The outcome from this approach was the protection of employees as well as a continuity in the service it provides customers. The project was so successful that it was this years’ winner of Citrix and Fujitsu’s Connected Society Award.
A global-wide culture shift
The focus on remote working has obviously greatened over this year, and it’s anticipated to stay. In fact it’s set to revolutionize how many of us work.
If this is the case, which I hope it is, collaboration will continue to be a driving force in creating a more efficient workplace – just like Centrica has demonstrated with their collaborative project towards a cloud-based platform.
The pivot to remote working is something that is touching many of our lives. Even after the virus, I believe flexible working is going to make a huge impact on how we live and work – and it’s fantastic to be part of that story.
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