Cancer Research UK is working with Citrix to allow its staff to access apps and data on any device, over any network and cloud.
The charity says this will create a truly mobile workforce whilst improving worker productivity. The organisation is deploying an enterprise mobility management solution based on Citrix XenMobile, Citrix ShareFile, Citrix Worx Mobile Apps and NetScaler application delivery controller technologies.
The technology builds on Cancer Research UK’s existing Citrix XenDesktop infrastructure, deployed in 2010 to reduce real estate costs and create a hot desk environment for all employees. The next phase will empower workers by providing them with secure access to data, desktops and apps via any device over any network, supporting increased and efficient collaboration. It will also allow fundraisers to store and access information securely and expediently.
Cancer Research UK fund raisers were previously restricted to print-outs of information when visiting benefactors. Donations could then only be logged when fund raisers returned to the office. Now, they can access data securely using tablets and other devices making fund raising more secure, efficient and productive.
Mick Briggs, head of IT at Cancer Research UK, said: “The integrity of the Cancer Research UK brand is vitally important to our ability to raise funds and finance our work. We cannot risk that through poor data security. We have to protect data we hold on our supporters and, of course, we have a lot of sensitive information. Citrix has helped us to achieve that goal, empowering employees in a secure manner.”
He added: “Also, I don't want to care about what device people bring to work. Whether using a corporate device or one of their own, XenMobile gives us that policy-driven granularity of control. We’ve become the enablers that let people work where and when they want, on whatever device they choose. That makes our team more effective and it makes Cancer Research UK more effective as a whole.”
Earlier this year it was announced that Cancer Research UK would allow the public to make donations 24 hours a day with a trial of contactless enabled shop-fronts. Card owners are able to donate £2 payments by tapping a contactless enabled debit or credit card against the window of a small number of branches.