IBM Acquisition Expands Cloud-Based Mobile Device Management Capabilities

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In an effort to expand IBM’s MobileFirst cloud solutions, IBM acquired last month mobile security and management provider Fiberlink, the maker of mobile device management solution, MaaS360.

The cloud-based MaaS360 platform enables organizations to share, secure and manage user information on smartphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices.

With much data created outside of the traditional confines of the data center, cloud applications and mobile devices pose some significant risks for organizations hoping to use the latest applications and hardware.

To help mitigate these risks, IBM MobileFirst has been integrating Fiberlink technology to provide greater cloud-based mobile management and security capabilities.

One of these capabilities is “bring-your-own-device”, which allows employees to securely use their own smartphone or tablet devices within the organization. The traditional problems of BYOD were that these devices, which are not locked-down or explicitly approved by IT staff, may have security flaws that can lead to data loss. Mobile management and security, however, helps ensure that these devices don’t lead to security breaches, while at the same time don’t block users from data and applications they need for their work.

In April 2013, IBM bought UrbanCode, a developer of tools for rapidly deploying applications across different environments. These capabilities were added to its MobileFirst initiative as well as IBM SmartCloud.

The Fiberlink acquisition helps support IBM vision for enterprise mobility management which includes secure transactions between businesses, partners and customers.

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