IBM this week disclosed a deal to buy Fiberlink, a developer of cloud-based mobile device management and security software. The move specifically will help IBM expand its MobileFirst portfolio and the company's mobile, cloud and security strategic initiatives in general.
FiberLink's MaaS360 software is used to manage corporate applications running on employees' smartphones and other mobile devices, providing a solution to the growing bring-your-own-device dilemma faced by many IT managers.
The acquisition is in keeping with IBM's practice of acquiring multiple companies with complementary technologies that add up to more complete offerings, noted Technology Business Research. In this case, Fiberlink fits in with past acquisitions such as Worklight, Tealeaf and Tusteer, and can leverage the SoftLayer Technologies cloud computing infrastructure IBM acquired earlier this year, according to the research firm.