Citrix extends 'bring your own computer' programme

The programme to allow employees to buy their own devices to use at work introduced by Citrix UK has cut costs by 20% and will now be rolled out in other countries.

Citrix is to extend its "buy your own computer" programme.

Citrix's "buy your own computer" programme was introduced in September 2008, initially as a pilot scheme available to 10% of a workforce of over 5,000.

The software company will now tailor the programme to make it suitable to other countries before it becomes the default personal computing scheme across the entire company.

“Whilst the total number of Citrix employees has increased by 2,000, we have made significant savings on IT,” said Martin Kelly, vice-president of information technology at Citrix.

Recent Citrix research, carried out by Vanson Bourne, revealed 53% of IT professionals in the UK have implemented desktop virtualisation to support the range of devices employees are bringing into the workplace. 

The research found 73% believe it offers greater flexibility for the workforce. A further 78% believe desktop virtualisation and "buy your own computer" programmes deliver reduced IT and/or business costs.

But there are concerns about "buy your own computer" programmes. Recent research found two thirds of companies are concerned about the security implications of the rise in the number of personal computing devices used by employees at work.

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