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Wheelings & Dealings: IBM Acquires Fiberlink MaaS360 Cloud-Based Platform for Enterprise Mobile Device Management


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January 22, 2014

Wheelings & Dealings: IBM Acquires Fiberlink MaaS360 Cloud-Based Platform for Enterprise Mobile Device Management

By Michelle Nicolson, TMCnet Contributing Writer

With an eye on expanding its enterprise mobility management solution, IBM (News - Alert) has acquired Fiberlink, developer of the MaaS360 cloud-based platform.

Specifically, the acquisition will now allow IBM to offer a Software-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) mobile device management solution, which will make implementation easier for clients looking for such a service. 

Growth in mobile technology has been matched by increased interest from companies in obtaining mobility management solutions, particularly as bring your own device (BYOD) becomes more prevalent and creates new security issues. The Fiberlink Maas360 platform is designed to enable organizations to share, secure and manage information for smartphone, tablet, laptops and other mobile device users.

“Fiberlink’s MaaS360 (News - Alert) offering expands IBM MobileFirst solutions with new cloud-based capabilities to deliver a comprehensive mobile management and security solution for global organizations of all sizes,” said an IBM representative in a statement. “This acquisition supports IBM’s expanding vision for enterprise mobility management, which encompasses secure transactions between businesses, partners and customers.”

The acquisition is designed to strengthen IBM’s MobileFirst platform, which aims to provide application and data platforms with management, security and analytics capabilities for enterprise operations.

“We live in an increasingly mobile world, one in which we expect to be able to experience and participate in both our personal and professional lives anywhere, anytime through our computing devices,” explained Vijay Dheap, IBM mobile security strategy and big data security intelligence solutions lead, in a blog post about the acquisition.

“This change has had simultaneous impacts on internally focused IT teams working to roll out BYOD programs, as well as teams in the business that are looking to optimize things like commerce and banking for mobile devices,” Dheap continued.

According to IBM, the company has spent a great deal of effort and money focusing on enterprise mobility management, with nearly 1,000 customer engagements, more than 10 mobile-related acquisitions in the last four years, and 270 patents in wireless innovations. 

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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