Redefining the way we work

Ever since the emergence of the Internet and the cellular phone, there has been a palpable tension between employees eager to exercise their new-found ability to work remotely and at any time, and managers insistent on monitoring their workers and controlling their daily output.

The Smart Dubai office has a virtual receptionist and writable walls

In tomorrow’s cities, where high-speed connectivity will be ubiquitous and billions of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), that tension will all but disappear and a new, more productive workspace will emerge, believes Christian Reilly, VP & CTO at software company Citrix Systems.

“The core of Citrix’s mission is to achieve the very best user experience with the right amount of security.” Christian Reilly, VP & CTO, Citrix Systems.

Once the connectivity challenge is overcome, the key to achieving this vision, Reilly says, will be a combination of ensuring security and improving performance. On the security side, with the number of applications and IoT-connected sensors already mushrooming in today’s smart cities, firewalls are now largely obsolete.

An alternative approach is taking shape, using artificial intelligence to model a user’s behavior and detect anomalies. When it comes to performance, Reilly says, companies need to use powerful analytic tools to ensure that the secure digital workspace provides the end-user with the best possible experience for the device and network they are usingfull_stop