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Andy Leong
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Citrix Synergy Atlanta 2019
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Andy Leong
Technology Marketing Leader at Citrix
Derik Scheepers
Head of IT Operations at PPS
Elisa Caredio
Principal Product Manager at Citrix

Results-driven, senior leader who blends marketing breadth with technology depth to create and execute strategies that grow market and mind share. Adept at simplifying complex technology and developing compelling messaging for a range of audiences.

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I am an experienced Senior IT Manager with over 20years in the ICT field. I've managed large distributed ICT systems and Infrastructure across borders specializing in Cloud infrastructure and strategy.

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I am a versatile professional who is very passionate about network security, networking and cloud. Throughout my 18+ year career in engineering, people management and product management, I've always stayed interested in the evolution of technology, networking and security in a world where cyber threats become increasingly more sophisticated. As technology evolves, the way we consume technology evolves as well. Understanding those requirements and turning them into products that we customers can easily adopt and love makes me proud. Working with smart, engaged and productive teams brings out the best in me.

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Come hear firsthand about how PPS (Professional Provident Society) overcame the limitations of a legacy network and transformed it in order to transition to the cloud while improving security. You’ll also get insight on how their specialist partner helped with ensuring a successful rollout and learn how they achieved a 12-month return on investment, migration of business-critical applications to the cloud, AND an exceptional experience for members.Note: This session will be available for on-demand viewing post-event on Citrix Synergy TV.

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A good afternoon everyone. Hopefully you guys have had your fill of caffeine and cupcakes, but we'll be sure not to put you to sleep. Welcome to send 117 Journey to the cloud on Andy Leung and I am joined by some very esteemed guests first ladies at least secure video from Citrix is product management team and also all the way from South Africa direct Skippers who heads it operations from PPS professional Provident Society. So the session is going to be one where we take a look into the Journey of

PPS towards sd-wan and how that intersected with Cloud as well as security and so what we're going to do is basically have a dialogue that goes into what Derek's experience was and we'll talk about some of the highlights along the way. And before we get into the details here, I am obligated to put up this disclaimer that any capabilities or features that are mentioned here may be subject to change. So changes at hand in every industry even in the financial services and insurance industry. What we're finding is that

organizations are be being disrupted digital is driving more agility. Organizations have to do more faster be more profitable expand into new markets, but in the financials, it's historically been very risk-averse. So when it comes to technology, it's generally let's take things at a very tepid paste. However, what we found it in the past decade or so the pace of innovation has really accelerated. You've got a new generation of users and consumers with changing demographics and they're basically saying I want everything right now on demand. I want it

personalized contextualize. I wanted multi-channel and other words deliver my loan approvals. My documentation is my services on mobile as well as web and get away from that Old traditional pay. Bass mode of doing business. So what is this mean what Gartner actually says that in financials only about 50% of organizations have embarked on a true digital Journey, but one third of all those cio's actually state that this is a huge imperative for the year 2019 and so obviously as organization such as PPS need to run

faster leaner grow into new areas and innovate the network plays a critical role as some of you may be going through this today. You're seeing a convergent of Technology at the branch or the wind Edge. And so you're dealing with silos of Technology routing security when optimization applications. How do you bring all this together? We're clearly seeing a trend towards a sand cloud. And so what a typical Enterprise running and managing over hundreds of SAS application. How do you integrate that with a r? Placement transform Network as

organizations expand the network into the cloud. How do you protect not just the network but also the cloud assets how do you protect applications and users? And so that's what we're going to look a little bit more closely out today. But we're finding is that these three migrations or Transformations? If you will are not independent, in fact, they're very critically interdependent. So I'm going to roll a video just to give you an overview now into who PPS review into a company's physical

traits differently from other financial institutions. So, how does it work? When you take out insurance you pay a premium amount of the premium from your benefit and pot is a profit margin for the company as a policyholder. You receive the benefits should you need to claim in a typical list of company profits go to external shareholders TDN and breezes and which means that it exists solely for the benefit of its members and redistribute 100% rule out profits amongst members with qualifying product PDS

for professionals since 1941. Okay, Derek over to you. How about giving us an overview into the business of pts and the customer base that you guys serve? Thanks, Andy covid-19 41 by a group of dances to one specific product for the healthiest Society since they moved into a business that look off the professionals. You have to be a degree to individual to be able to get one of our products. We the largest insurance company in Africa with the ethos of mutuality.

We here on your shell a profit with a mess into a profit Share account with him. We have about 25 officers spread across South Africa in the movie business operating in Australia through these businesses. We we also have four different areas of the business. We've got the PBS Insurance business news of their life life insurance and product run that we are previous Investments, which is investment. I'm about business. We have to pay a short-term lease look out the short-term insurance and then we've got the

medical ID program it which is looking off the professionals with medical needs as we have to say. I'm in PBS insurance. We have roughly about 250,000 members and being part of us in the inverse inspires. You have a 30000 clients in invested in that spice. I'm being this type of business with one side of the investment demand the other side. We have insurance insurance on WE struggled a little around connectivity win-win. All Broncos have this this habit of submissive.

Okay says that they that they are things just like any Commission on under eyes. Doing this. The nasal couldn't keep up with all the larger people donate filled with wolves that people connecting a designs on the amount of processing that happened and we struggled in that since we used to run at mpls haven't spoke with a single broken breakout and the different offices needs to connect to the device into the last hosted at a height of a salmon in the basement. International we we we strive to 270

members. Will you be selling this for MMS? Thanks Derek and talk to us for a moment about the physical footprint of pp Austin terms of the number of locations number of branches that you guys actually serve from the net worth of point of view in the office to 600 officer is all different types of needs that these offices as we have opposite side of the Border like in the movie Witches country just north of South Africa specific needs to get back to do dinosaur every way that that isn't that used to live

on before we embarked on a journey great. And so from a technology stamp you talked about mpls, but I think a lot of the audience understand some of the limitations associated with it up. Did you also encounter performance problems for the applications with air quality challenges above? Just the fact that mpls is expensive difficult to provision. Maybe give us some perspective on that be great. When we didn't get proper steps from the provider. We we we head out to just

be a slow connection speeds from old office is not nothing. Just as for once it's one of those but each and every office even though some of the bigger ones I finished inches, especially around Mountain but it just wasn't made for us and then we couldn't pinpoint where the problem was. We couldn't be proactive in France. They resolve his full full day for the office stop and get them to really do what they need to do and see if you have also had virtual apps and desktops running in the data center as well. So I imagine there were some

challenges associated with running that over mpls. Yes. Absolutely. Driving distance was installed in in Madera Center office in Johannesburg and everybody at the clinic back today with everybody trying to do what they need to do at a specific game on tonight. I keep forgetting about them cuz I was a big is fine. But especially using the performance just be greater than the guys couldn't actually is that because I couldn't get it on on to the site until applications. We just couldn't get it right

the perfect setup for SD win. And so as you looked at transitioning to Legacy Network away from hub-and-spoke away from mpls to one that was more when I was more distributed based on software-defined wide area networking. What were some of the criteria involved in why you looked at St. Went above and beyond just getting away from mpls. So you're not forgot about the mandates to become a class into company that gave us two years to get that done. We knew that if we wanted to go to sleep. Mpls was not the type of network that

we could use and it's not Saturday Network single bracket. We had to go back to a single point the right cat optimal we start looking at new technologies what we can use and then we investigate a couple a couple of options and even they see when spice we we decided insurance that doesn't cause of the Hawaii the device manages the notebook the wild things are already built into the device my ID stuff done have to go and sit and watch lines all the time and talk to Packet Tracer and see where it where the problem is is they can get onto the device in device tells you this

is what my problem is that I can go and I can fix this right? Yes. It's important to have a replacement transport net worth it in the end of the day. It's really about the experience. It's all about allowing applications of run better and faster ultimately to make customers more productive. And actually this just came out on the wire today. Really exciting PPS as an innovator for having migrated see that Citrix virtual apps and desktops not only away from the data center but to Google cloud and so in line with some of the announcements we

heard this morning during the Keynotes lpps is one of those Leading Edge companies who's actually taken that jump into one getting onto gcp and secondly also as I understand looking at a multi Cloud strategy further down the road as well as well as we talked about applications and the importance of that Eliza maybe if you can give us some perspective as far as the way we've designed rst ran out with an application first perspective some point of view on that would be great is out in infrastructure that gives them the

scalability and the flexibility to use multiple type type of transport multiple different deployment styles. Etsy winds hours do in offers on top of that application experience and reliability that go with it and like PPS to read embrace the cloud and its Embrace different type of applications including see that we have our design of relies on my features that are really designed to avoid Uber subscription in band band with waist. Like she was excited to us. We also have packets duplication to be able to

provide the best application experience for lost sensitive applications. We have metrics on a four pack a basic vases to really decide where to send the traffic to do react very fast link brown outs, and we have a very fast Failover one of the best in the industry to provide the reliability on top of that when it comes to see that traffic like Derek explain. We also apply all these benefits not just today HDs accession, but we are able to pry it open and

assign priorities and Key West today in her channels and that makes a lot of difference in the way at the application experience works for sale ad benefited from those capabilities. In fact, that was one of the major criteria that he has had looked at when they evaluated SD when the ability to do almost instantaneous link failover to basically ensure that that experience and the applications are continuous. As soon as I was going to go fast with experience on the NBA's we knew when we no longer than it can take up to 20

minutes $10,000 for the second me to pick up for the criteria. And then one of the most critical facts was the liquid vitamin and we have the multi routine that we have. We we we decided on that model bb have two different service providers with two different fiber rings does ingenuous outside of the office. So we we completely dry and Limonite upright Gateway one level. Down and then grab us some lines down because of that. It is a process. They say the absolutely critical was the final and under the fact that I can use Bus Lines Just in traffic u.s. Ambassadors build a package

without us out again and and just carry on don't sing or introducing that actually helps drive a better application performance. A wide range of appliances that constitute our Appliance portfolio we go from the very small branch that you can appliance using our 6100 which is what not complimenting a Datacenter Appliance for folio for organization that need to be able to scale up to 20 gig of encrypted traffic great. Now that's far we haven't talked about security

and that was one of my points initially Derek how important was that as you looked at switching over from mpls to SD win? So with embellished this gives you an easy. He had a single breaker unit 1.2 control into the fact that a creditor bigger texture of us because we wanted to break out each of his from from from the office just to eliminate the extra probably need to travel to the single black actor was one of the key features, but you looked at when we decided on another technology great. I don't Lisa what's your perspective on what other components of security from an end-to-end

perspective that enterprises all to consider when they switch over to SD went additional is implemented but with introduction of direct internet breakout as Derek mentioned you need to make security acute requirement in your design. In fact as you break out locally from the branch of from The Edge now you have a surface immediately increases and Stop can come in. So you need to implement security very close to the Potential Threat entry point. And so whether you embrace it cloud service or whether you want to run it security

unfriend, you need to have the flexibility to be able to integrate seamlessly Security in your SD went through automation through Simplicity and also through various deployments ties with a huge cloud or on time and with the flexibility to embracing a different vendor the vendors in the ecosystem that when it comes to Security benefits fit your needs is not a one-size-fits-all and it has to be considering they lay your approach. So when it comes to Citrix, we do take security very seriously by Provo. Adding a

different models and different ways to Whelan Security in SD win. First of all, we give with partner with a different vendors. We partner with descaler with partner with Palo Alto for cloud services, but we also provide automation so that you don't have to swim around and manually go set up a cloud service or an on-time Appliance. We do that for you in an automated fashion through simple. Click chihuahua rescue in orchestrator have been able to benefit from this

automation that Citrix is actually built between a teste one and zscaler the secure internet gateway as an example of the season yet your security state record from the office of the office worker that it will list. Does the traffic to to that the data scientist that we have a great and so at least I know we've also got some new capabilities. We're announcing this week with respect to Palo Alto networks. Maybe you can share a little bit about that as well as

the word Palo Alto both on the couch side as well as a to offer on Prime as a security with now what I see when Appliance we are automated connectivity to Palo Alto globalprotect to through Palo Alto globalprotect you a way to set up and enforce security policies Centre for all users or all locations and a we automate the setup of the tunnels to Palo Alto globalprotect seamlessly through our thing. I noticed Where are so very proud to announce that we are extending that partnership with Palo Alto by enabling our 1100

Appliance to be able to run Palo Alto security work clothes on Prime right on our Appliance. And with that we want you to offer the flexibility to our customers to choose between a cloud model X vs. Model is if they decide to do so, but we also want to keep a Automation and simplicity top of Mind by allowing the provisioning of the Palo Alto software Century to all the branches that are part of the deployment to a couple of simple simple click to receive an orchestrator with that. We still want to maintain

networking and security party. Management separation and we do that on purpose because oftentimes organizations and it teams look for that ability to keep a networking management separated from Farwell and Security Management. And we do that by a fully embracing Panorama de Palo Alto management tool for our Security Management on day eleven hundred times about our focuses on automation. We actually believe in making I T Test eliminating that swivel chair capability just making things easier. And so what we do today is we have the ability to actually automate spin-up

of instances in the cloud. We have the ability to do zero-touch provisioning at the branch and clearly for security services and moving forward more cloud services as well or focused or approaches really just giving that mulch Quick Simplicity from or orchestration service in Tok this is something we're proud to introduce that's available not just to service providers but also for Enterprise customers as well and it's consumable via Citrix cloud. And so Derek, it's been a relatively fast Journey for PPS to migrate towards St. Ran

into the cloud. Obviously for organizations to do this. You've got to have a business case. You don't do it for technology sake you really want to make sure that there is some are alive that you've got the right TCL model associated with migration SE when taught us a little bit about what PPL 16 in the 10 months or so that you've had this world out. Chinese Li Hua during the business Kaiser and the study on this we we predicted to have 12 months. After that. We will be able to make our return. We got me sitting in Monson and I'm confident that we will leave the ri

before I even get it into myself. It's been amazing journey is just so much money in the customer experience. Well Infant Jesus just increased significantly. It just makes a formidable Force fantastic has migrated to the clouds. So you've taken see bad into Google Cloud you have migrated some of your core CRM Erp your insurance applications and move that to Google Cloud as well. What's next and how does that involve SD win? That's great. You're so we decided we needed a performance

boost on a Tijuana precautions, which is our insurance application of cre in urine is CRM and Erp application. We decide to move that first picture was a dangerous move from outside to to get that done. But we got it done in The Weeknd the next things we need to do now is to move out business intelligence applications. We need to move that to the club as well and then to three before a suit and we will probably be fully class intrigued by end of next year. That's wonderful

and some of your business critical applications are from Microsoft as well. Right? So from what I understand TPS is looking at a multi Cloud hybrid Cloud approach where you start Which ECP but down the road considering also Microsoft Azure as well as the one being that only we would like the ability to be able to move around as we see fit way. We find the baseball glove fast will be so address on the cards and we currently moving some applications international finance finance application money are people catching is going to to Azure at the moment. We we Market in that that one

day. I think I thought I would like to be able to move between GDP and Azure seamlessly Amana believe Google has launched a application and toes and tip the same thing where you can move between these different Cloud spices some terms of the application experience. What has a feedback Ben from the employees who have been on this network has it we have a mange the way they can access files and resources. Absolutely. We haven't much happy. Hello. I'm people used to trade zone on the Olympia Lacey dies when put the directions in the house. Please return to her because I knew you

was going to be slower than you going to struggle to open applications and even just logging on to Tim 15 minutes. Sometimes I want to work. Some of the guys can work from home. We can just give him a special station on to Seabeck Seabeck and People are chasing Jerry more sensible to do what I can for them at the moment wonderful wonderful any additional perspective from you Lisa. What you seen with PPS and how that aligns with our other customers and what they're looking at us. So definitely PPS is a great example because they find benefits in pretty much

all the things that we do. So when it comes to choose SFU inventors organization needs to keep in mind several things, of course, they have the agility and the flexibility to choose between different appointment modest and transport the application experience and the resiliency of the deployment, but they need to make sure that there's a good Roi and they Embrace and mother that allows them to keep Capital expenses as well as ongoing costing check and I believe that.

Has demonstrated that that's so first of all Securities not a one-size-fits-all feet all and so does flexibility of being able to choose an employment model whether he's on cloud and on-premise whether it is a security vendor off of your choice where you can easily fit into our security. I want to see one solution into a security system that you already already have those who one of the key flexibility choices that we gave to you. Great esoteric, maybe

something's up and turns of your 10 to 12 my journey with SV wehen and clouds. It's probably fair to say you guys had a strong return-on-investment couple with application experience that really drove productivity. Like like I said, we will be getting it. All right within the twelvemonth. We have evolved to improve the experience and use experience we can now seeing people looking to I'm working from album keeping them eventual station people anywhere in the world can just use any any type of device on that and you can stop and then applications and keep company working. That's

great. That's great. And so something else we may have heard this morning and the keynote is that rst, when is a key part of Citrix mayonnaise desktops? And again taking the Citrix on Citrix approach. What we do is we actually automate some of the capabilities for Citrix managed desktop stand. As a administrator is going through the provisioning and setup process for CMD on SD. When is just a matter of click to provision as part of that process and so talking about to give me the automation Elisa alluded to we've actually made it that much easier where we can

actually spin up AV PX Ft. Wayne Appliance with an Azure as part of that process. And so again same seamless experience for customers who are familiar with Citrix cloud and the same benefits associated with us steel and carry over to that model as well as the weather. Your connections are between the data center and the cloud and Azure or between the branch and Azure. We're basically providing those highly resiliency connections with all the performance the visibility the application visibility and so everything that our customers are familiar with between a branch in a Datacenter extend

out to the Azure Cloud as well in the CMD or Windows Virtual. Stop contacts out something else that our customers have been asking us for for a long time is ok Citrix. You guys can get me connected to IRS in Paz if I want to go to a shirt. That's great. You give me all those crate reliability capabilities all the visibility into my applications. But what if I'm connecting to work day or to another salesforce.com or is CRM Erp application? I obviously can't deploy another SD win Appliance virtual or physical in front of a sap Cloud just due to the fact of the way there are

protected. And so what we are going to make generally available in the next couple weeks is what we're calling our Cloud direct service. And so essentially what we're giving customers is the ability to connect you all these popular SAS applications. In fact thousands of them through currently 10 points of presents and this is going to expand a very rapidly but basically work Customers ability to get the same level of resiliency performance and visibility connecting to the staff services. And so stay tuned for more information about this coming short. The

last point about this is its automated from where orchestration service. So in the same vein as what Eliza referred to with security services in some of these other capabilities in the branch and data center. We're actually automating connections to This Cloud direct Service as well. And so that's what we had to share with you today. It was really a perspective into the experience of PPS. We trust you guys found that's a useful and you know, there's there's information. We want to make sure that these sessions meet the mark for you. So please take a second to provide your

feedback and rating we've got many more sdn sessions the come over the next couple days. And so these are essentially a sampling of what's to come. We've got other breakout sessions with customers, especially in the healthcare area. And also we've got some fireside chat with a notable customer such as eBay tomorrow. And other than that, I appreciate everyone's time. We can open it up for Q&A at this point. Demos. India security is featuring there too. If you're interested and that you would work would like to walk around will be happy to walk you through some of our great.

Okay. All right. Yep, you're free to step up with my sir. Hi, thank you much for the information security functionality Palo Alto for your initial and offerings. Do you have any plans for a parking with checkpoint or 48 in subsequent month? We started off with Palo Alto but we really want to have a echo system of third-party vendors that we partner with some of the vendors to mention our in our Pipeline and we are definitely eager to work with you. If you have

suggestions on what vendors will make a difference in your add appointment with a view to test-drive for exam for the virtual SVU on Circle in the car just now to see the vehicle performance behaviors with a part. Different design of an subscriber. Let's talk about that. We we do have those capabilities. We haven't exactly productize those and so we'd be happy to work with you. Okay? Well, we hope you guys have a good rest of synergy and we'll see you at the booth.

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