AirWatch Acquires Motorola's Mobility Services Platform

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Mobility management vendor AirWatch this week acquired Motorola Solutions' Mobility Services Platform business to strengthen its play around mobile devices and BYOD.

Terms of the acquisition, which is expected to close at the end of the month, were not disclosed. AirWatch Chairman and Founder Alan Dabbiere said his company will incorporate the Mobility Services Platform features into its own mobile device management platform. The acquisition will bring AirWatch approximately 1,500 customers.

"This will help Motorola focus on their devices and let us focus on security and support of these devices with their customers in a way that the real winner is going to be the customer," Dabbiere said.


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Motorola Solutions Product Manager Edward Navarro believes the Mobility Services Platform business has been key to enabling customers to manage their enterprise mobile computers. However, he said, the mobility market has shifted.

"New consumer devices, shorter device life cycles and the proliferation of operating systems have added significant complexity," said Navarro. "While [the Mobility Services Platform] has served our company and our customers well to date, a broader approach is needed to address the rapidly changing competitive landscape."

AirWatch was founded in 2003, and the company has seen its business increase behind the proliferation of mobile devices in the enterprise and the BYOD trend. The company has grown more than 40 percent sequentially over the past six to eight quarters, according to Dabbiere.

With security a crucial factor when it comes to managing mobile devices, the acquisition will result in additional management tools to configure and manage devices, including security factors such as requiring a pass code and security authentication certificates for mobile devices.

"A lot of secure information is being sent via email, attachments and documents to tablets and phones that aren't necessarily as thoroughly secure as people think it is," said Dabbiere. "We provide a configuration management and security envelope around email, content and configuring the devices in ways that further secures that data."

The company's flagship software product, also named AirWatch, is a single integrated mobile security management platform that can be utilized to configure and secure emails, attachments and contacts and make sure they are not compromised if a device is lost, according to Dabbiere.

AirWatch will be integrating its product and the Mobility Services Platform over the next 12 months, said Dabbiere.

"Our goal is to be a relatively seamless process for customers," he said. "We will over the next 12 months be integrating any unique functionality they had in their product so that [we can transition] all of our joint customers into that single integrated product."

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