Visionary Zenprise acquired by mobility focussed Citrix

A few hours ago it was announced that Citrix have agreed terms to acquire Zenprise, the world’s leading mobile device management software. To many in the industry this isn’t a surprise, an acquisition was expected, but perhaps this happened a little sonner than we’d anticipated. So what prompted CiItrix to make this move?  With the profilferation of corporate owned mobile device and the burgeoning trend for BYOD there is growing demand for mobile device management software.

We know that mobile web useage accounts for around 20% of web traffic now. The browser isn’t dead, but it’s critically injured, and apps are the way consumers and business users prefer to experience the web. The mobile device isn’t a tool. It will be ubiquitous. Work & personal. Mobile devices, and ultimately slimmer, lighte , even wearable devices will be how we interact with online services over the coming years. When these devices are company owned, or we have company owned data on them, then that creates a challenge for IT directors everywhere.

The device needs to be secured. Secured in such a way that I can do my job, but should I leave an emplotyer, the company needs to know that their sensitive data can be removed securely and ideally without impacting the device which I may own. And if that’s the case, their data has to go, and mine remain. While I’m working for a company who have data that’s important to them, they may need to know that I can’t forward it on from my corporate email to my personal mail account. All sorts of scenarios become a challenge. There’s a myriad of challenges for IT and HR managers.

“This combination not only brings together incredibly complementary products, but a shared culture of innovation. Citrix and Zenprise have each proven their ability to deliver leading offerings in a fast-paced market. Together, we will accelerate our ability to anticipate and exceed our customers’ expectations for world-class enterprise mobility solutions”    Waheed Qureshi : Founder and CTO, Zenprise

Zenprise provide these answers. Founded in 2003, and funded by venture capital firms like Greylock, Rembrandt, Ignition Partners, and Bay Partners to the tune of $64 million, this year Gartner positioned them as the leader in innovation in the mobile-device management sector. Dr Waheed Qureshi the founder and chairman still serves as the companies Chief Technology Officer, and is truly one of the most engaging and inspirational technologists I’ve ever met. His vision has inspired a company, backers and customers. And his vision continues to dominate an industry that’s become competitive and cluttered. I’ve dealt with a number of MDM companies. From day one though, Zenprise stood out.

Their product development encompasses features and vision that seem to not only anticipate end-user trends, but anticipate them six months before they happen. This vision and subsequent speed of development are what sets Zenprise apart from competitors. This is, it would seem, what made it so attractive for Citrix to up-a-gear and acquire a market-leader whilst still in a growth phase. Savvy move by Citrix? Undoubtedly. A move that gives Citrix a cohesive mobile enterprise offering. When I first saw Citrix Receiver I thought they could well define mobility strategies for a plethora of industries. Now I know they can, Citrix may have made the savviest of acquisitions for years. Think mobile? Think secure mobile.

External links & references

 

  1. Press Release : Zenprise acquisition at Citrix.com
  2. Zenprise.com : Mobile Device Management
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