This morning, IBM announced its intent to acquire Fiberlink, a market-leading provider of enterprise mobile management capabilities. Fiberlink's MaaS360 is one of the leading mobile device management solutions, and demonstrates the power of software-as-a-service in scaling down to the smallest organizations while scaling up to large enterprises. Fiberlink is a critical addition to the IBM MobileFirst portfolio, and this move is recognition that enterprise mobility management (EMM) is rapidly becoming the natural progression from mobile device management (MDM) and BYOD strategies as well as mobile application management (MAM).

Fiberlink provides a strong set of core capabilities: MDM, MAM, containerization, and content and document management. Bringing Fiberlink into IBM furthers our belief, endorsed by clients and analysts alike, that organizations are looking for a single management offering for all endpoints - desktops, laptops, mobile devices, servers, etc. Fiberlink, combined with existing IBM solutions, will provide that all-encompassing solution, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

Adding Fiberlink to the IBM stable is designed to help organizations optimize the mobile enterprise infrastructure. Fiberlink furthers the most comprehensive set of mobile management and security technologies and services in the market today. On the software side, IBM offers management and security at the device, network, application, and transaction layers, through technologies like Trusteer, AppScan, Security Access Manager, and integration with 3rd parties like Arxan for application protection. The IBM services organizations offer a broad range of capabilities and approaches to delivering all of mobile solutions, and now adds a true SaaS offering in Fiberlink.

From the press release, "IBM to acquire Fiberlink Communications":


This announcement is another milestone in IBM’s strategy to build the industry’s most comprehensive set of mobile capabilities while eliminating barriers to adoption and accelerating the productivity benefits of mobility. At the same time, IBM is expanding the vision for enterprise mobility management to also include secure transactions between businesses, partners and customers.  
“In a mobile first world, clients require a comprehensive mobile management and security offering. Often times they integrate solutions on their own and take on unnecessary risk,” said Robert LeBlanc, IBM senior vice president, Middleware Software. “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.”

For more information on the planned acquisition of Fiberlink, see these additional resources:

asmarterplanet.com: Kristen Lauria's Mobile Business Insights blog >
Security Intelligence Blog: IBM to acquire Fiberlink - What it means for mobile security >
YouTube: Caleb Barlow and Phil Buckellew on the IBM and Fiberlink story >

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