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Citrix acquires mobile solutions firm

Combination of solutions will target 'bring your own' policies

Citrix plans to buy Zenprise, whose solution for mobile device management Citrix will integrate with its Citrix CloudGateway and Me@Work solutions for managing mobile apps and data.

The combination will give Citrix a solutions for managing mobile devices, apps and data from a single and integrated enterprise mobility product line, the company said.

This is important since a majority of CIOs have or will have a bring-your-own-device policy for smartphones and tablets in the coming 12 months, Citrix quotes Forrester Research Inc. as saying.

“Consumerization and [bring-your-own] 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,” said Sumit Dhawan, Citrix vice president and general manager of mobile solutions.

The deal is subject to closing conditions, including regulatory approval, but Citrix expects to close during the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About the Author

Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at mhoover@washingtontechnology.com, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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