I’d to welcome to the world a personal project of mine that originated in 2010 yes a decade ago, its paused and re-started several times over the past decade and for good meaningful measure, as a family member in my household has Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) which gradually moved from Stage 4 > Stage 5 (less than 20% kidney function), resulting in hemodialysis – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dialysis/what-happens/ but before you get to that point you go through the creation of a blood vessel called an arteriovenous fistula (AV fistula) which is created within your arm. I’ve also successful completed intensive NHS training by renal specialists over a few months learning how to maintain the hemodialysis machine + equipment and how-to care for a patient while doing hemodialysis and how-to keep someone alive when things turn sideways, which has happened more than once and it happens as fast as you can take a deep breathe. My journey has been a very lengthly one, all the while actively working for nearly 8+ years at Citrix which enabled for me on day one in 2012 Flexible Working Styles enabled by its people + culture but powered Citrix’s technology.
Reflecting on a very lengthy 8 year journey supporting a family member on #Hemodialysis #CKD Stage 4>5 to eventually receiving a kidney transplant in year 7 🙏🏻. Thank you to @citrix’s people + culture + technology enabling #FlexibleWorking since 2012. pic.twitter.com/nbmHLtpY6N— Lyndon-Jon Martin 👨🏻💻 (@lyndonjonmartin) April 1, 2020
What is it Project Q Helsinki?
It has three key streams the first I call the “ANY APS framework”, the second streams gravity is centred on the Citrix Workspace eco-system which has had three macro versions with each one building upon the foundation of the previous one, the third and final stream I’ll sum up as Workplace EQ which I continue to research in parallel to my (digital) transformation research over these past 2+ years.
Stream 2 as I said is focused on a Citrix Workspace eco-system, it includes micro and macro self-service platform releases. I define it as follows it’s a Self-Service Citrix Technology Advocate (CTA) Platform accelerating the time to value, while avoiding Technology + Business friction, and therefore achieving meaningful + measurable business outcomes frictionless with greater efficiently.
How Does it Work?
You complete either a guided vs. advanced (À la carte) web form with questions that generates a purpose built document in HTML format for you by you, the below image demonstrates how it works. It’s built to be modular and the interface + API can be re-framed for different people types e.g business partners, IT Admins + Pros, Architects and Consultants for future releases.
What Does it Look Like?
I published the following demonstration https://twitter.com/WorkspaceCocouk/ on 22 June 2019 at – https://twitter.com/WorkspaceCocouk/status/1142439856246800386, as you can now see from the below embedded video its continued to evolve since 2019.
Our first macro proto-type self-service CTA platform enabling IT Pros to reduce the time to value with CVAD (Service) to deliver Citrix virtual apps & desktops with less friction, achieving your business outcomes efficiently enabling the best #EmployeeExperience pic.twitter.com/vtDrBTwowp— WorkspaceCoUK (@WorkspaceCocouk) March 31, 2020
What’s in the Initial Proto-Type Release ?
The following is a simple bullet point list of the outcomes that can be achieved once the CVAD (Service) proto-type is released to the Citrix community. I will introduce further Citrix services in the future and continue to add more capabilities as time allows me, I do all this work in my own personal time often late into the night.
- Branding On-Premises StoreFront (Already available separately +)
- Flexible Working Styles
- Force Field Analysis
- Suggested Citrix Technology Advocate (CTA) Virtual Guidance
- Citrix Workspace app (CWa) vs. CWa for HTML5
- Deploying on-premises Citrix Gateway formerly NetScaler Gateway
- PaaS – Virtual Apps & Desktops Service including Citrix Cloud Connectors
- Virtual Delivery Agent
- Leading Practises
- On-Premises – StoreFront and CVAD Controller
- Windows Mgmt. Infrastructure e.g WDC, AD Bindings e.t.c
I published the first proto-type which was a micro self-service CTA platform release in 2019 designed to aid IT Admins and Consultants completing more advanced branding activities for on-premises StoreFont “stores”. If you want to test drive it visit – http://workspaceco.co.uk/prototype/citrix/index-storefront.php to get started, the below embedded video demonstrates an example outcome.
Our first prototype micro self-service online tool enabling IT Pros and SysAdmins to brand, add notifications to notify employees for on-premises StoreFront environment’s is now available to test at – https://t.co/bpgy8qshrO #EmployeeExperience pic.twitter.com/AiteKGYDuF— WorkspaceCoUK (@WorkspaceCocouk) September 20, 2019
Do you want to Contribute?
I was intending to release the proto-type for CVAD (Service) today 01/04/2020, however due to COVID-19 my work workload the past 6 weeks has meant very long hours into the evening and night in helping and supporting Citrix customers preparing to implement BCP prior and during the current UK lockdown. I simply don’t have the time to complete everything by myself, including testing and validate it all and so I have complied a suggested community goal list below.
- PowerShell Automation:
- Citrix Cloud Connector and VDA Installers for both non-managed/powered and managed/powered machines using MCS as the provisioning method.
- Create a hosting connections for all supported (cloud) hypervisors for Citrix Cloud and on-premises 1912 LTSR.
- Create a machine catalog and delivery for both non-managed/powered and managed/powered machines to delivery a Citrix Virtual Desktop and following the Citrix Virtual Apps Google Chrome.
- Setup and configure a StoreFront “Store” for remote access.
- Field leading practises it could be anything e.g
- Leading conf for vGPU enabled desktops using AMD Cards
- Community leaded architectural framework
- Language – Simplify and correct my spelling/grammar as I’m dyslexia.
- Language of Business
- Cost Modelling (Verify)
- Suggested community CTA guidance
If you want to get involved please DM me on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/lyndonjonmartin and let me what area(s) you wish to contribute towards, you will receive full credit for your work. Finally for full transparency I will not be sharing any access to the source code initially, that will eventually come at a later date.
The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citrix