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Citrix Systems To Acquire Mobile Device Management Firm Zenprise

Citrix Systems said on Wednesday that it would acquire mobile device management (MDM) firm Zenprise.

According to an announcement, the firms have entered into a definitive agreement for Citrix to acquire Zenprise, after which Citrix would integrate the Zenprise solution for mobile device management with its Citrix CloudGateway and Me@Work solutions for managing mobile apps and data.

ZenpriseThis combination, Citrix says, will give the company a solution for managing mobile devices, apps and data from a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line.

“This comprehensive approach can transform any organization into a truly mobile enterprise with the security and control IT requires, the ease of use and flexibility users desire, and the productivity business demands,” a statement explained.

The terms of the pending transaction were not disclosed, and the deal is subject to closing conditions including regulatory approval. If all goes well, Citrix anticipates the acquisition to be complete during the first quarter of 2013.

The decision by Citrix to acquire Zenprise was fueled by their belief that enterprises need a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line from a trusted vendor that combines mobile device management with the ability to manage mobile apps and data across a mix of user devices.

“This combination not only brings together incredibly complementary products, but a shared culture of innovation,” said Dr. Waheed Qureshi, Chairman and CTO, Zenprise in a statement. “Citrix and Zenprise have each proven their ability to deliver leading offerings in a fast-paced market. Together, we will accelerate our ability to anticipate and exceed our customers’ expectations for world-class enterprise mobility solutions.”

“Zenprise has made it easy for businesses to put mobile to work and our software is a great complement to the Citrix mobility solutions,” added Amit Pandey, President and CEO of Zenprise.

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