IBM has purchased mobile management firm Fiberlink in a bid to flesh out its MobileFirst suite of apps and services.
The financial terms of the deal were not released, but Fiberlink boasts a significant foothold in the mobile device management (MDM) market with its MaaS360 cloud service. IBM's latest buy should bolster its mobile offering, and highlights the industry trend of supporting businesses taking on bring your own device (BYOD) and mobile working strategies.
Robert LeBlanc, IBM's senior vice president of middleware, explained the firm's purchasing decision. "In a mobile-first world, clients require a comprehensive mobile management and security offering," he said.
"Often times they integrate solutions on their own and take on unnecessary risk. To protect and enhance the complete mobile experience, it's crucial to secure the app, user, content, data and the transaction. The acquisition of Fiberlink will enable us to offer these expanded capabilities to our clients, making it simple and quick to unlock the full potential of mobility."
IBM will place MaaS360 into its software-as-a-service (SaaS) portfolio and says it will work alongside IBM Endpoint Manager in order to provide unified device management, supporting both on-premise and SaaS endpoint deployments.
Fiberlink chief executive Jim Sheward said: "While the proliferation of mobile devices provides great flexibility and agility for organisations, it also increases the complexity to manage and protect corporate data. We are looking forward to becoming part of IBM's strategy to put mobile first and deliver holistic mobile device and app management and security for today's always-connected workforce."
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