SYDNEY, Australia. – August 30, 2012 – Citrix announced today that its market-leading remote support product, Citrix GoToAssist, now offers an expanded feature set to address the growing IT demand to support mobile devices. As recent research has indicated, mobile workstyles and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) company initiatives are becoming accepted business practices, putting increased pressure on IT staff to deliver fast and efficient mobile device support both on and off company networks. The new GoToAssist capabilities enable IT professionals to deliver responsive remote support of iOS devices. In addition, remote support sessions can be initiated directly from the mobile devices themselves, using new GoToAssist apps for Android and iOS. Both applications offer free unlimited remote support for attended sessions.
As the remote support technology of choice for more than 50+ million support sessions in 2011, the GoToAssist product was recently recognised as a Community Choice Honouree in the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps Category. GoToAssist achieved this designation by receiving top votes from its customer community and remote support users. This nomination reaffirms that GoToAssist is continuing to deliver IT support solutions that customers need and demand.
“From smartphones to tablets and laptops, mobile devices have simply become a pervasive business necessity. These are tools that organisations and their employees just can’t live without, which places increased pressure on IT professionals to provide quick and effective support to a growing number of devices,” said Elizabeth Cholawsky, vice president and general manager, IT Support Line of Business, Citrix. “At Citrix, we’re focused on IT support solutions that deliver instant effective support, maximise client satisfaction and drive real business results for new ways of working.”
New Feature Highlights:
· Remote Support of iOS Devices: IT professionals now have the ability to provide support for iPad and iPhone users and their mobile devices via optimised chat, as well as the ability to conduct secure chat sessions, update profiles and configure device settings remotely. Profiles created with the iPhone Configuration Utility can also be shared to troubleshoot problems and set business policies.
· GoToAssist for Android – free remote support app: IT professionals can deliver live support anytime, anywhere directly from their Android mobile device, instantly connecting to their clients’ computers at no cost. In addition, GoToAssist paid subscribers receive the added benefits of access to unattended machines, diagnostic viewing and other support tools.
· Updated GoToAssist App for iPad: In the new version, paid subscribers can now view diagnostic information about the computer supported, email the .TXT file of all the diagnostic reports, and transfer support sessions started from the GoToAssist Expert desktop application to the GoToAssist app for iPad (and vice versa).
· Session Recording: This new optional recording feature captures active support and chat sessions for auditing and training, enabling better monitoring of technician effectiveness and customer support. Recordings are stored for 90 days in standard downloadable MPEG-4 format.
· International versions of GoToAssist Remote Support and Monitoring are now available in French and German.
GoToAssist Remote Support offers users the ability to provide support to PCs, Macs and iOS devices and from PCs, Macs, Android and iPad devices.
“IDC expects to see growing demand for cloud-based, remote support tools, primarily driven by the continuing increase in mobile device adoption and the complex software required to enable that adoption across all devices. Support providers must focus on delivering efficient, effective live support to resolve problems quickly and enable a superior customer experience. Support delivery tools like GoToAssist from Citrix that are easy to use, highly scalable, and available from and to a range of mobile devices can help IT professionals looking to provide a high level of support in an increasingly mobile world." Elaina Stergiades, Research Manager, Software Support Services, IDC
“GoToAssist is a one-stop shop. I can do so much with a couple clicks of my mouse. I can remotely connect into my client’s machines quickly and provide service with no problems. With the mobile support features, I can be even more responsive. The session recording will be great for trainings or for clients that want more detail on the resolution history – we plan to include this as another value added service. I truly love the service.” Goran Donev, Owner, Donev Technology Consulting (Chicago, Illinois)
“At Hume City Council, we’ve been using Citrix GoToAssist Corporate and FastChat for the last 12 months as a way to provide a faster and more effective response to inquiries from residents and businesses. With the rapid growth in the use of tablets and other mobile devices, our customers are now requesting easier channels of communication and self-service through these devices. The latest iOS device support introduced in GoToAssist is definitely something that we would look at using in order to provide a faster and more convenient resolution to inquiries.” Jo McCray, Customer Service Manager, Hume City Council (Melbourne, Australia)
“Providing onsite technical support to our widely dispersed customers became too costly, particularly when we spent two days’ time traveling to provide one day or sometimes only a couple hours of service. We now use GoToAssist Corporate to provide remote support from any location at any time. The added mobile device support is also valuable as I bring my tablet with me everywhere I go in case of emergencies. The product saves us, and our customers, time and money. We are more efficient and productive. It’s so easy to use.” Allan Bacero, Support Manager, Solver, Inc. (Los Angeles, California).
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The Online Services division of Citrix provides secure, easy-to-use cloud-based solutions that enable people to work from anywhere with anyone. Whether using GoToMeeting to hold online meetings, GoToWebinar to conduct larger web events, GoToTraining to train customers or employees, Podio to create customised workspaces and apps to collaborate with anyone, GoToMyPC to access and work on a remote Mac or PC, GoToAssist to provide IT support and management or ShareFile to securely share files, documents and data, businesses and individuals are increasing productivity, decreasing travel costs and improving sales, training and service on a global basis. For more information, visit www.citrixonline.com.
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