Citrix today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Zenprise ®, a leading innovator in mobile device management (MDM). Following the close of the acquisition, Citrix intends to integrate the Zenprise solution for mobile device management, with its Citrix CloudGateway™ and Me@Work ™ solutions for managing mobile apps and data. This powerful combination will give Citrix the first solution in the industry for managing mobile devices, apps and data from a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line. This comprehensive approach can transform any organization into a truly mobile enterprise with the security and control IT requires, the ease of use and flexibility users desire, and the productivity business demands. Subject to closing conditions including regulatory approval, Citrix anticipates closing on the acquisition during the first quarter of 2013. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The Best of BYO – Now with Security and Control
Today’s users want the freedom to use any device they choose, and access to any app they need. A majority of CIOs have or will have a BYO policy for smartphones and tablets in the next 12 months 1. Most companies, however, are still concerned with mobile device and app security. In a world where users can easily lose or leak sensitive corporate data through device loss or insecure cloud-based data services, the need for mobile governance and security is paramount. This presents IT with the twin challenges of giving users the choice and freedom they want, while maintaining control over corporate apps and data.
While there are many point products on the market today that address some of these issues, none of them solve the full problem. As a result, organizations are forced to deploy a mix of products from multiple vendors, often resulting in complicated deployments, expensive overhead, and a poor user experience. What is needed is 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. This is exactly what Citrix and Zenprise intend to deliver as a result of this acquisition.