Citrix acquires Zenprise to move into MDM sphere

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Virtualisation expert Citrix has acquired mobile device management vendor Zenprise for an undisclosed amount, with the deal to be finalised in Q1 2013.

The acquisition will see Citrix integrating Zenprise’s device management software into the CloudGateway and Me@Work programs to aid mobile app and data management.

The partnership aims to complete two parts of an enterprise mobility jigsaw; to create “a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line from a trusted vendor that combines all the power of MDM, with the ability to manage mobile apps and data across any mix of user devices”, said Citrix in a press release.

Amit Pandey, Zenprise CEO, wrote in a blog post: “End-user enablement is the driving force in both companies’ agendas.

“Organisations recognise that enabling this choice makes their employees happier and more productive and, in turn, contributes to the success of the organisation.

“But in a world where users can lose or leak sensitive corporate data through device loss or by synchronising content to a tapestry of cloud-connected endpoints, the need for mobile governance and security is paramount,” he added.

Of course, nobody can move in the enterprise sphere without a mention of ‘bring your own’, and Citrix sees this as an important part of their portfolio to shore up. Capturing an MDM vendor such as Zenprise will, in theory, give the freedom of BYOD with the security and control to back it up.

Sumit Dhawan, mobile solutions VP and GM at Citrix, said: “Consumerisation and BYO have given rise to very difficult challenges for businesses in enabling a productive, mobile workforce while still maintaining tight controls over company information.

“With a complete Citrix enterprise mobility solution, customers have all the necessary pieces to manage and secure mobile apps, content and devices,” he added.

Yet how will this affect the MDM sphere?

MSPmentor, a managed services provider resource, speculated in April that MDM will “die as a standalone platform” and become integrated with systems management, or remote monitoring and management platforms, and they’re asserting this prediction again following the Zenprise acquisition.

Mobile device management is at a crossroads right now, with Good Technology’s lawsuits against MobileIron and AirWatch illustrating how fragmented the sphere is at present.

But is this deal going to be the first of many? Let us know in the comments…

 

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