Citrix to acquire mobile device management player Zenprise

6 Dec 2012

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Citrix, a provider of server and desktop virtualisation, networking, SaaS and cloud computing technologies, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire mobile device management (MDM) provider Zenprise for an undisclosed sum.

The deal will enable Citrix to offer a comprehensive product line for managing mobile apps, mobile data and mobile devices, and it plans to integrate the Zenprise solution for mobile device management with its Citrix CloudGateway and Me@Work solutions for managing mobile apps and data.

“Consumerisation and BYOD have given rise to very difficult challenges for businesses in enabling a productive, mobile workforce while still maintaining tight controls over company information,” said  Sumit Dhawan, vice-president and general manager, Mobile Solutions at Citrix.

“Zenprise was a clear choice for Citrix, with its leading MDM product, an experienced team, a history of innovation, and a footprint on more than 1m devices. With a complete Citrix enterprise mobility solution, customers have all the necessary pieces to manage and secure mobile apps, content and devices.”

Amit Pandey, president and CEO of Zenprise, said his company is focused on next-generation MDM.

“This means making mobile apps ‘business-ready’ and keeping mobile content secure, while harmonising IT needs and the user experience. Zenprise has made it easy for businesses to put mobile to work and our software is a great complement to the Citrix mobility solutions.”

The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013.

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic