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What Numbers Are You Tracking During COVID-19 Lockdown?

What Numbers Are You Tracking During COVID-19 Lockdown?

Numbers. Numbers. Numbers. Math. Math. Math.

Working from home, we look at numbers a lot. In the case of the COVID-19 lockdowns, we are probably looking more than we should. They get depressing in a hurry.
So here are some numbers that show a positve side of things – those coming from my friends (that's you!) in the Citrix Professionals community.

(this article was updated on May 8th, 2020)

The Citrix Heroes [email protected] Team

If you haven't heard yet – [email protected] is having a huge quarter. It's because they are doing research to determine effective treatments for COVID-19 that researchers are hoping will lead to a vaccine or at least drugs to help heal more rapidly (if you've ever heard of Herd Immunity you know how important this is in the long run to have more people getting it and recovering safely).
[email protected] installs on your computer and uses spare cycles of your CPU and GPU (the latter being a powerhouse) to contribute blocks of compute for the research. I have managed to give my Threadripper 2950 and AMD Radeon VII quite the workout this week, along with my old i7 3770k with a GTX TITAN. But I'm still completely outclassed in our little group.

Here's the breakdown (last updated 5/8/2020):

  • Our team # is 243,216
  • We're ranked 5620 of 250,736 (up from 12,929) – so we are now in the top 97% of all teams!
  • Homewerk is leading us all in credits, putting some nVidia GRID cards to use!
  • CTXPro_com (DJ's systems) climbed ahead with the addition of a RADEON VII card and a new tip: if you register for an account passcode, you get waaay more credits! But, the Vega II is an amazing card – when WU's are available, it's capable of 1.2 Million Points Per Day!

I'm really proud of you for stepping up and I'd love to see more of you join in! This research has never happened this fast – but it's a great use of background cycles you aren't using. Just don't install this into the datacenter or your work computers without asking permission, please.

%

Our Rank - Top Percentile

Who's Buying The Citrix Hero Book?

I have been watching these numbers fluctuate between countries. However, as of May 8th, 2020 here's how the top 3 break down:

Top Countries buying “Be A Citrix Hero” on Amazon

%

United States (down from 65%)

%

United Kingdom (up from 19%)

%

Germany

In addition to this is how many of you are taking advantage of the Kindle Owners Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited to read the book (that is an option if you want to read it quickly and don't want to actually own a copy!)
4448 Pages have been read so far in the lending library. (up from 2390 last month)

2070

in the U.S.A.
(up from 1166)

966

in the U.K.
(up from 592)

649

in Germany
(a new entry)

498

in India
(taking Canada's spot at #4)

Borrow the Book or Buy the Book

If you borrowed the book – show me what you've got! The more you read, the more Amazon helps get the word out about the book! If you got a copy with this method – I'd love to see 5000 pages by the end of the month! Get to reading!
Now you may be saying to yourself, “DJ, why would you be excited about people reading it for free?” – and honestly, I'm really excited that there are ways for you to get your hands on this material and boost your knowledge (and career). But if you sign up for Kindle Unlimited or Prime when you use the link at https://ctxpro.com/book – the site gets a bonus outside of book royalties (which average about 40%) when you do sign up. So it's a nice way to support the site without you having to spend any extra!

The Citrix Hero Fund

In the next week or so, look for a video message from me about this.
In January I had this idea – I talked about it with a few of my friends you probably know (Dane, Steve, Carl, etc). The concept is that we would as a community help get people unable to get into programs or to conferences that help you grow professionally- people that don't have corporate backing to do these things, for example.
Then – just before COVID-19 started dominating the news, a massive Tornado ripped thru an already somewhat impoverished part of Nashville – literally blocks from the capital.
My heart was broken – talk about a hard year!
So I decided to set up a small fund that I'm donating 30% of all of my royalties and earnings surrounding the Citrix Hero project.
We don't have exact numbers yet – but I can tell you that our first check should be arriving soon that we'll be donating to relief efforts here in Nashville. The intention is to do this until August.

After that – the fund will shift to a scholarship fund, hopefully by that point joined by some other projects I'm excited to tell you about.

If you're interested in donating to the fund, I will be getting you details soon but I'm really excited to get this going and I'll try to update you every month!

My goal – to raise $5000 for these efforts! Are you with me?

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Of $5000 Raised

YouTube Subscribers

Three years ago, many of you suggested a YouTube channel. So we did – with a twist. We talk more about being a PERSON in IT, not an IT person.

But we need your help. YouTube doesn't take us seriously until we have 1000 subscribers. Help us get there!

https://ctxpro.com/YT

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1000 Subscribers

Want even more numbers?

Stay tuned. I've got some results from a survey we have been conducting over the past 2 years that I think you'll enjoy reading. I've been so focused on writing that I haven't been able to finish the article but I hope to soon!
Which reminds me to remind you: We still want your opinion on where your career in End User Computing is heading! We are investigating the option of a Virtual Summit sometime this summer but we need confirmation that people are interested first!

You can take the survey herehttps://bit.ly/2JAKM1z

What To Do With Your Time During Coronavirus

What To Do With Your Time During Coronavirus

Who would have thought that all that practice helping people work from home would be so crucial to your company? So, now you're spending a lot more time at home. So… what to do with your time? In this special edition of Citrix Coach in a Car Getting Coffee… or going to the chiropractor, DJ gives some tips on how to manage your time!

Be sure and watch the video – or follow along with the new flipbook feature!

Then, download the PDF and enjoy!

Video Highlights

01:21: You will not rise to the occasion. You will only rise to your level of preparedness.
02:31: Even with the right things we can make do with less, and what that means is that we
can actually make some sacrices in user experience.
04:20: There's a couple of things that I wanted to recommend to you. One is, if you're not
already feeling prepared, get prepared. The other is to educate yourself.
10:28: You need to give yourself that time. Don't think that you will be able to just ignore it.
That's not how our minds work. That's not how we are built. We just are not built for
isolation as much as we think we are.
10:48: Even the most introverted people in the world still and ways to become connected to
others. We are social creatures. And so allocate time for that, along with work, along with
everything else. Allocate time to do that. But, here's the key: don't let yourself exceed that
time.
11:47: Write down goals for yourself.
12:09: You need to have some structure and you need to have some priorities set.
12:29: Add value right now.
13:15: Be the person who is showing up. Be the person who is making a difference in people's
lives. Connect with that. Really, really get into thinking about what it is you're doing
and how that's impacting others, because it is. Along with that, give yourself some time to
learn and grow. Give yourself some time to expand your knowledge
15:27: [goals] Write these things down during this time when you're at home because there
will be distractions
15:41: You make a plan, stick to it, but give yourself grace with these kinds of things. Don't be
unrealistic about what we're going to do.
16:01: Don't push yourself beyond what you can handle. But definitely celebrate your wins,
make sure you're spending some time learning new processesand new things. Absolutely give
yourself grace for things you want to get or you feel like you need to do as far as
social interaction when you're kind of cooped up at home. And then, like I said, make a plan
and stick to it.

Hope you enjoyed this video lesson! Be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel for more!

Feel free to download the PDF —>

And please… SHARE this with your network!

PDF Transcript

Want some reading material that can help you better enable remote work? Well- we've got just the thing!

Grab a copy of “Be A Citrix Hero” today!

EUC State of the Union 2019

There is a lot of marketing, hype and FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) thrown around in the EUC (End User Computing) space. So I'm always grateful for true survey results to see the true trends in the industry. So, let's have a look!

You can register for and download the report here: https://vdilikeapro.com/announcing-the-state-of-euc-2019/

My friends Mark Plettenberg, Ruben Spruijt and Christiaan Brinkhoff have compiled this 73-page report that speaks the truth about the trends in VDI and EUC in general. Worldwide, just under 600 people turned in surveys which the team decoded and compared to previous years. Here are some of my personal favorite highlights.

Highlights of the 2019 State of the Union

  • Healthcare continues to be the largest business vertical staying on-premises for EUC.
  • Age of environments is interesting – VDI environments are often exceeding 5 years without significant updates. New designs had been declining but saw an uptick this year.
  • Citrix still dominates the VDI market but decreased by 7% to just over 50% of survey responses this year.
  • Nearly 22% are still using Windows 7
  • FSLogix use increased by about 2% – note that this was probably before people really knew they can get it for free now… But Citrix UPM is still the most popular choice.
  • PVS is still popular for imaging though usage is declining. MCS is almost neck-and-neck with PVS.
  • 39% of respondents were from North America with 50 overall countries represented.
  • The majority of companies have between 1,000 and 4,999 users
  • An overwhelming percentage (76%) are still using On-Premises Server Based Computing (RDSH or Multi-Session OS) – this only decreased by 2%.
  • VMware vSphere is still over 50% of the market, however, the big note I took from it was that Citrix, Microsoft and Nutanix Hypervisors are all increasing while VMware is decreasing. KVM (driven mostly by Nutanix) is up significantly this year.
  • More and more people continue to think of VDI as stateless or non-persistent.
  • 5.6% of respondents say they use Citrix EdgeSight for monitoring. If that doesn't shock you, it's overall position on the chart will. Not bad for being dead for nearly a decade.

I could go on- but honestly, I think you should download the guide and compare your results!

How to Press On When Noone Appreciates Your Work

How to Press On When Noone Appreciates Your Work

How to Press On When Noone Appreciates Your Work

May 16, 2019

You know how Facebook has that whole flashback/timehop “X years ago today” feature? How cool would it be to have that in the IT world?

“3 years ago today you said you were going to quit because your Citrix session took 5 minutes to load…”

I had a reminder of this recently when I was doing some work at a client having a comparatively minor problem. When I was called in initially, they had staff wanting to quit.

I'm not joking. In fact I've encountered this more than once where staff were literally threatening to resign their means of working because they were so frustrated in how their employer was making them work. And to them- it was a “Citrix” problem. These guys were, however, especially desperate. Things were really, really bad. Like 12 minute logon bad.

Now they are one of my favorite success stories for why you should apply leading practices. In their case it literally kept staff from quitting because they couldn't work. Surely it can't be pure irony that a month later another Citrix environment I served had a similar issue. It was like a theme for that year.

I found myself wishing there was some way to give perspective to those we serve about just how much better things are without just bragging about it. Timehop for EUC (but, you know, without the data breaches). Flashback for Citrix.

But that got me thinking… why do I do this stuff. I mean, why really?

For all of you facing another day with more tickets, complaints and a seemingly never-ending series of providing praise-less solutions – I'll simply ask you:

Are you *really* doing it for the money?

Or for recognition?

Both of those will fail you.

I encourage you to connect with #WHY you are doing it. If you're fine-tuning Citrix for a 5 second faster logon – is it the achievement that drives you, perhaps?

This too will pass unnoticed.

I feel my mission in life comes down to a simple statement- one that actually resonated with former Citrix CEO Mark Templeton.

“In whatever you do, Leave it Better Than You Found It”

Why do heroes do what they do? Why endure hardships, pain and rejection… why live a solitary life?

Because that's what heroes do. They leave what they found better. Not because they are obligated but because it is their mission or that they are seeking praise. They just can't help it – it's how they are wired. Maybe they were born that way. But most have been forged from circumstance and hardship, and emerged with an overwhelming sense of one thing:

All that matters is that I have mattered. Therefore I must endeavor to Leave it Better than I Found It.

This may not be you. And that's okay. But I submit to you that if you really want to advance in your career it is more about serving than attaining. More about leading than advancing.

In the coming months, I will be opening up opportunities for learning from myself and others just how to do this. Until then, consider your own motivations…

We may not be the hero they always deserve. But we *are* the Hero they *need* right now.

 

I don't do this for the praise.

I do this because I KNOW I've made their life better.

Whether they choose to recognize that or not really isn't the point in #EUC (End User Computing). The point is that, as my friend Dane Young reminded me of recently…. sometimes we are a lot more like Batman. We may not be the hero they always deserve.

But we *are* the hero they *need* right now.

So step up. Be the Hero.

So what can you do? Here's a few tips to get you started.

  • Connect with WHY you are working. Not why you are doing what you are doing… why you are WORKING.
  • Make sure WHAT you are doing matches WHY you want to do it.
  • Serving others should be your primary focus in life.
  • Spend more effort learning how to be a better person than to be a better tech
  • CELEBRATE the wins you have
  • Don't dwell on failures
  • Be INCLUSIVE instead of exclusive
  • Find a mentor

By the way- if you want to be coached by me – “TheCitrixCoach” isn't just a fancy title. I do actually coach individuals and teams on how to improve their careers. It isn't just teaching Citrix skills. It's about going on the journey together!

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Don’t Write a Book. Go Byte-Sized.

Don’t Write a Book. Go Byte-Sized.

Introducing the Byte-Sized Book Project

Writing a book is… really hard. But what if you could easily help one be written?

Well, that is exactly the opportunity in front of you!

Instead of writing chapters, editing, more writing, more editing and then distribution, worry, stress and…

okay, I may be relating some personal experience here…

As I mentioned in my February Newsletter – You can participate in a unique project… by submitting just 250 words.

This is the collaborative effort of Christiaan Brinkhoff and Bas van Kaam – the Byte-Sized Book Project.

The question is – do you have something you'd like to say about Cloud design principles, leading practices or even recommended reference builds you'd like to relay to the world? This is your shot to be heard!

This is all about creating value for the community as a whole, but not asking for a ton from each person. I think it's a brilliant approach!

So I encourage you to go for it! But don't wait- the plan is to get the book edited and done in the next few months!

c'mon- 250 words is easy!

Learn a lot more detail here.

Support the project by going to https://www.bookprojectbytesized.com/  – Follow them on Twitter and spread the word!!!

THE IDEA BEHIND THIS PROJECT IS SIMPLE, WE ARE LOOKING FOR AS MANY CLOUD DESIGN PRINCIPLES, BEST OR COMMON PRACTICES, QUOTES, AND ARCHITECTURAL RECOMMENDATIONS AS POSSIBLE. FOR THE COMMUNITY, BY THE COMMUNITY!

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