Tyler Shields, senior analyst of security and risk management at Forrester Research, told CRN the acquisition will "push IBM to the forefront of the MDM and security market" and "be a huge positive boom for Fiberlink."
The acquisition is part of a bigger MDM industry picture, one in which MDM players are routinely being gobbled up by larger vendors with more comprehensive security offerings.
"The consolidation of the MDM market is upon us and is coming quickly. MDM is transitioning away from being just an MDM solution and is transforming into a full mobile security platform," Shields said. "The MDM [vendors] most successful in this transition are the ones that will win long term."
"It's a real competitive space right now and is almost being driven to a real commodity," said Champion Solutions Group's Pyle. "IBM is very likely picking up some good market share and a technology that has been a consistently growing need among our clients."
PUBLISHED NOV. 13, 2013