Citrix To Acquire Zenprise To Boost Enterprise Mobile Device Management


Written by  Raja Rao | 10 December 2012
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Citrix acquires ZenpriseCitrix announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Zenprise, an innovator in mobile device management.  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. Citrix hopes to close the deal early next year. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

This powerful combination will give Citrix a solution 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.

Citrix claims that a majority of CIOs have or will have a BYO policy for smartphones and tablets in the next 12 months. The need for mobile governance and security has become a key priority of organizations due to their concern for mobile device and app security and also to maintain control over corporate apps and data. Organizations are now using multiple products to overcome these problems which often result in complicated deployments, expensive overhead, and a poor user experience.

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 is what both the companies intend to deliver post acquisition.

The journey of Citrix till date has been quite interesting in providing solutions that facilitate Enterprise Mobility. CloudGateway offers a single control point to manage and securely deliver native mobile apps, as well as Windows, Web and SaaS apps to any corporate or personal device. Me@Work is a complete mobile app family built for business that includes Citrix ShareFile for secure mobile data access, Citrix GoToMeeting for easy, integrated mobile collaboration, Podio for social team collaboration, as well as new Citrix @WorkMail and @WorkWeb apps for secure mobile email and web access. With MDM integrated to its solutions the company will be able to provide an integrated enterprise mobility solution.

Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM, Mobile Solutions, Citrix said "Consumerization and BYO have given rise to very difficult challenges for businesses in enabling a productive, mobile workforce while still maintaining tight controls over company information. 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 one million devices. With a complete Citrix enterprise mobility solution, customers have all the necessary pieces to manage and secure mobile apps, content and devices."

Raja Rao

Raja Rao

RajaRao is our Cloud Journalist writing for ToolsJournal on Cloud Tools, Latest updates, Cloud Quick Lists and more. He has done his Bachelors of Engineering in Civil and has been in IT for over 15 years with good expertise on CRM, Peoplesoft, SAP, Microsoft and .Net technologies. Raja comes with fantastic blend of Technical, Solutions and Delivery expertise. Loving the concept of ToolsJournal he has joined us full time and has been tremendous help to take this portal forward. 

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