Citrix eyes WAP development

Citrix eyes WAP development


Server-based computing specialist Citrix is normally reticent to share the specifics of its R&D secrets, but when it comes to the emerging Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), a senior executive just couldn't resist.

Martin Duursma, recently appointed vice president, computing appliance products, said he believes WAP is an industry development that questions the future of PCs.

"Wireless is something that I believe will be a major force in the industry within the next couple of years," he said.

Duursma, Citrix's first non-US-based VP, explained WAP will see more devices become permanently connected to the Internet, which in turn will see the idea of a "work pad" become prevalent.

The idea spells opportunity for Citrix and its channel partners because the company's Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) is designed to work in thin-client environments.

Citrix now has 21 developers working in Australia under Duursma, with the team committed to maintaining 50 per cent annual growth.

Duursma refused to reveal details of the company's current R&D plans, but said Australia has been responsible for products such as "Seamless Windows", an application which hides the difference between server-based and local applications, and the application portal product Program Neighbourhood.

The Sydney R&D team is one of six around the world, with each operating under a decentralised model, which he claims fosters better innovation.

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