IBM to acquire Fiberlink

IBM to acquire Fiberlink

IBM has announced that it is strike an undisclosed deal to acquire the cloud-based mobile management solutions provider, Fiberlink Communication.

The deal, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, will lead to IBM offering Fiberlink's MaaS360 service on its SoftLayer cloud infrastructure.

The acquisition comes a  time when many companies appear to still be undecided as to what mobile management software provider they should opt for.

Despite there being more than 100 vendors in Gartner's magic quadrant, many of those were small start-ups, making them less likely to be trusted by a larger company looking for management software solutions.

The news flies in the face of rumours suggesting mobile device management (MDM) is somehow on a downward spiral, with more corporations seemingly embracing the technology.

MDM has subsequently evolved into enterprise mobility management (EMM), a concept that IBM already offered, although it was considered to be a weak offering.

Fiberlink however, has long been seen as more established, boasting a good track record with a number of clients, although it was still in need of expanding its sales channels. This has now been achieved with the help of the significant levels of financial backing that comes with IBM.

The deal is just the latest in a long line of acquisitions that IBM has made over the course of the last 18 months, as it aims to build up a varied portfolio of skills and capabilities.

According to Forbes, this latest deal highlights three trends, including the level of competition for the leaders within the market, the fact that 2014 is a year of consolidating mobile device management strategies.

Consolidation will continue to bring more established vendors into the market, which will in turn generate a greater level of interest among potential clients.  

Finally it also proves that EMM is set to become a more common category within the business world, and could eventually evolve to reach out to other areas of the market.