IBM announces its intent to acquire Fiberlink, a mobile management and security company
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Mobile technology is changing how we interact - with one another, with our vendors, with our consumers - and how work gets done. Mobile device growth is exponential, with 5.6 billion personnel devices projected by 2015. The market is demanding seamless user experiences that transcend the boundaries of their offices and desktops to their mobile devices. While this proliferation of mobile devices brings with it greater flexibility, it is also fraught with challenges. In a recent study, 81% of organizations have employee owned devices accessing their company resources. However, less than 48% have a well-defined mobile solution. With the average cost of a security incident exceeding $100K, these organizations are subjecting themselves to significant risk, including financial, customer goodwill, and to their brand. Would you choose to do business with a financial institution that cannot ensure the security of your personal data or your mobile transactions?
With Fiberlink, IBM clients will be able to address these needs in addition to their Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) challenges by delivering market-leading capabilities of Mobile Device Management, Mobile Application Management, Secure Containerization, and Content and Document Management to our already extensive MobileFirst platform and IT Service Management capabilities. All organizations, regardless of size – those that have 10s of devices, to the full enterprise-scale clients will have the ability to get started in minutes with the Fiberlink self-service cloud. IT organizations are saving countless hours and cost in on-boarding using Fiberlink’s simple and fast device enrollment. One client reported a time savings of 92% when implementing mobile management using Fiberlink’s solution, which ultimately led to a 50% cost reduction for IT. The integration of Fiberlink and Trusteer will provide a comprehensive platform allowing clients to manage secure transactions from mobile devices, apps and through to their enterprise systems - and do this quickly.
This intended acquisition marks the latest milestone and a clear defining moment in IBM’s MobileFirst strategy. IBM has been methodically and systematically developing and acquiring technologies over the last 18 months to build the most comprehensive mobile technology platform offered in the Industry. IBM’s MobileFirst platform will help clients with all the aspects of deploying an Enterprise Mobility Management solution, including: Device Management, App Lifecycle Management, User Experience and Performance Analytics, Security, Usage and Expense Management, Network Management and, Mobile Marketing. Until now, the industry has lacked a comprehensive set of mobile management and security offerings, leaving organizations to integrate solutions on their own, subjecting themselves to unnecessary risk and exorbitant costs. The acquisition of Fiberlink will strengthen IBM’s ability to deliver a more holistic mobile solution that can help control costs, improve client and employee satisfaction, and significantly reduce security risk.
Additionally, the combination of IBM Endpoint Manager and Fiberlink will allow IBM to offer Unified Device Management, supporting either SaaS or on-premise deployments for all of an organization’s endpoints – from laptop, desktop and server to mobile devices.
I am very excited about this announcement, and truly believe it will drive our clients’ success in deploying secure mobile solutions to their organizations. I welcome your thoughts and feedback.
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