IT challengers the manufacturing face and how Citrix solutions can overcome them.

Manufacturers face storms of disruption

  • Cybersecurity threats - Increasing cyberattacks raise the risk of disrupted enterprise and factory operations.
  • Skyrocketing energy costs - Increasing risk that manufacturers will shut down factories.
  • Macroeconomic and political uncertainties
  • Geopolitical uncertainties are increasing business risks for manufacturers, such as supply chain disruptions and loss of key export markets.
  • Lack of digital skills -Manufacturers that can’t retain or attract the skills to develop smart connected products and engineering skills will fall behind their competitors.
  • Supply chain disruptions - An ongoing lack of key components will lead to production delays and increase the risks of temporary production shutdowns.
  • Inflationary pressure -Rising costs of raw materials and components and union pressure to increase wages to adapt to the rise in the cost of living will push overall production costs up.

The above challengers are placing immense pressure on IT departments to deliver the following expectations:

  • Support strategic manufacturing business initiatives such as speeding global service delivery or driving consistent up-time for workers.
  • Data analytics/AI - data collection, data analysis and turning the raw data into actionable insights, thereby improving quality and speed of decision making.
  • Data protection - Technologies to defend against cyberattacks in both domains — IT and operational technology (OT) — and to ensure IT/OT/IoT security
  • Develop Collaborative Cloud Platforms - Technologies that enable seamless collaboration within the enterprise and across the ecosystem.
  • Network capacity and manageability - Technologies that enable reliable, secure, and scalable communications.

Therefore, to ensure long-term and sustainable growth and to become more efficient, agile, and resilient, successful manufacturers will not only use digital technologies to execute strategic business priorities — they will also have digital-first strategies in place and will use digital technology to compete and to accelerate growth.

Digital-first strategies must ensure that all initiatives to execute on strategic priorities use digital technologies in a way that is scalable, delivers measurable outcomes, and is trusted.

The three components of a digital first strategy are:


Initiatives must be enabled by scalable IT architectures and solutions that ensure cost-effective digital operations and that can easily be rolled out enterprise wide and across the ecosystem. Moreover, agility and resilience are key priorities to continue to scale.


Initiatives use digital technologies to deliver measurable business outcomes that significantly contribute to KPIs by improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and resilience of operations.


Initiatives use digital technologies to make the manufacturer a trustworthy customer, supplier, partner, and employer, and to positively contribute to society and to sustainability targets.

Digital Frist – Citrix solutions

Citrix have developed a digital first solution in assisting in transforming manufacturing for the age of agility.

From simplifying and fortifying the supply chain, to accelerating IT modernization for growth and innovation, to maximizing productivity via hybrid working, Citrix can enable a digital-first approach - and bolster business through impact, scale, and trust.

The Citrix solution is based on the three components of the digital first strategy with the below products:



Any app, any infrastructure, any form factor. No matter where you are in your cloud journey, we’ve got you covered. NetScaler gives you greater agility and speed by providing operational consistency and holistic visibility across multicloud with a single pane of glass. The most comprehensive application delivery and load balancing solution for monolithic and microservices-based applications.




The leader in virtual apps and desktops, Citrix DaaS can have a major impact on productivity, delivering business critical apps to any facility, accelerating time to market, and even facilitating ESG targets by enabling hybrid working. Citrix DaaS provides users with a high-performance experience in the apps and desktops they need, while adaptive security controls protect your corporate data wherever that work happens.




Workers are remote. The devices they use may be unmanaged and the network-centric approach once relied on to keep data secure is no longer enough. Citrix Secure Private Access delivers ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) with adaptive access to all IT-approved apps - web, SaaS, and client-server - whether they’re deployed on-premises or in the cloud, which can prevent network level attacks and provide a better end user experience.