Innovation and Intelligence: The Ties that Bind

There may not be an “I” in team, but there is an important “I” that comes out of them: innovation. And it’s driven by another “I”: intelligence. Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It comes when groups of people with different ways of thinking connect and share their ideas to make new things possible.

Innovation also knows no boundaries. It can happen anywhere, anytime. Smart companies recognize this. And they’re tapping into technology to create intelligent digital workspaces that enable them to unlock the intelligence within their organizations and fuel innovation that can move their business — and entire industries forward.

Take Saab. The company has a long history of breaking new ground on land, sea and in the air, and delivering some of the most innovative products the world has ever seen. But where the leading military defense and civil security company is really pushing the boundaries is in the digital world and the way work gets done.

Collaborating to Win

At its core, Saab believes that true collaboration leads to better solutions. And to drive it, the company has created an intelligent digital workspace in which its 16,000 employees can share technology, ideas and thinking across more than 80 locations in a secure and reliable way to meet the needs of its customers and give its business a competitive edge.

An Age-Old Problem

“We work every day with classified information. And while we need to be open in one end, we need to be very closed in another to ensure data integrity for those we serve,” said Mats Hultin, Group CIO, Saab. “That’s the key for us — to balance security and agility.”

In the past, such a balancing act wasn’t easy to pull off. But the cloud has changed all of this.

A Universal Solution

Thanks to a new breed of digital workspace technologies, companies like Saab can create a flexible, universal workspace through which they can serve up personalized access to the systems, information and tools their employees need, when and how they need them while keeping their information and systems secure. And they can do it in a way that provides:

· Standardization and simplification through a single, centralized workspace that unites users and keeps business in sync.

· Deployment efficiencies and cost control, as IT can more easily and cost-effectively stand up and provision servers, workgroups and new projects.

· Greater resilience and security enabled by a flexible, digital perimeter that ensures every user is intrinsically secure.

And, they can quickly get them up and running — a key for growth-oriented companies like Saab.

“The modern platform we have today as a workplace solution really helps us integrate new companies very effectively,” Hultin said. “With the latest company we bought, we were able to give everyone virtual access to the Saab environment two days after commercial signing. And that’s how fast we need to be.”

It’s been said that good things come to those who wait. But innovation happens fast. In embracing tools that enable them to unify their teams and power a more collaborative and intelligent way to work, companies can not only keep pace, but speed ahead and lap the competition.

Tim Minahan is the executive vice president, business strategy and chief marketing officer at Citrix, a leading provider of digital workspace solutions.

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