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Citrix Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire MDM Leader Zenprise
By: Business Wire
Dec. 5, 2012 04:05 PM
Citrix today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Zenprise®, a leading innovator in mobile device management (MDM). Following the close of the acquisition, Citrix intends to integrate the Zenprise solution for mobile device management, with its Citrix CloudGateway™ and Me@Work™ solutions for managing mobile apps and data. This powerful combination will give Citrix the first solution in the industry 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. Subject to closing conditions including regulatory approval, Citrix anticipates closing on the acquisition during the first quarter of 2013. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The Best of BYO – Now with Security and Control
Today’s users want the freedom to use any device they choose, and access to any app they need. A majority of CIOs have or will have a BYO policy for smartphones and tablets in the next 12 months1. Most companies, however, are still concerned with mobile device and app security. In a world where users can easily lose or leak sensitive corporate data through device loss or insecure cloud-based data services, the need for mobile governance and security is paramount. This presents IT with the twin challenges of giving users the choice and freedom they want, while maintaining control over corporate apps and data.
While there are many point products on the market today that address some of these issues, none of them solve the full problem. As a result, organizations are forced to deploy a mix of products from multiple vendors, often resulting in complicated deployments, expensive overhead, and a poor user experience. What is needed is a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line from a trusted vendor that combines all the power of MDM, with the ability to manage mobile apps and data across any mix of user devices. This is exactly what Citrix and Zenprise intend to deliver as a result of this acquisition.
Delivering a Comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Solution
Over the past year, Citrix has rapidly expanded its mobile capabilities with CloudGateway - offering a single control point to manage and securely deliver native mobile apps, as well as Windows, Web and SaaS apps to any corporate or personal device. In October, Citrix went a step further with its announcement of Citrix Me@Work, a complete mobile app family built for business that includes Citrix ShareFile™ for secure mobile data access, Citrix GoToMeeting® for easy, integrated mobile collaboration, Podio™ for social team collaboration, as well as new Citrix @WorkMail™ and @WorkWeb™ apps for secure mobile email and web access. When MDM is combined with these mobile app and data solutions, Citrix will become the first company to offer a mobile device, app and data management in a single, integrated enterprise mobility product line.
Sumit Dhawan, Vice President and General Manager, Mobile Solutions at Citrix
“Consumerization and BYO have given rise to very difficult challenges for businesses in enabling a productive, mobile workforce while still maintaining tight controls over company information. Zenprise was a clear choice for Citrix, with its leading MDM product, an experienced team, a history of innovation, and a footprint on more than one million devices. With a complete Citrix enterprise mobility solution, customers have all the necessary pieces to manage and secure mobile apps, content and devices.”
Dr. Waheed Qureshi, Chairman and CTO, Zenprise
“This combination not only brings together incredibly complementary products, but a shared culture of innovation. 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.”
Amit Pandey, President and CEO, Zenprise
“Unlike most mobile device management vendors that just manage devices, Zenprise is focused on next-generation MDM. This means making mobile apps “business-ready” and keeping mobile content secure, while harmonizing IT needs and the user experience. Zenprise has made it easy for businesses to put mobile to work and our software is a great complement to the Citrix mobility solutions.”
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For Citrix Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release, which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, statements by Citrix and Zenprise executives concerning the proposed acquisition of Zenprise; the anticipated growth of the mobility and mobile device management market; Citrix’s position in the mobility and mobile device management market; the anticipated timing of closing the acquisition; integration plans and synergies; capabilities of certain of Zenprise’s technologies; Citrix’s go-to-market and product integration plans; expectations for Zenprise and the Citrix mobility group and management’s plans, objectives and strategies, constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the possibility that the acquisition of Zenprise may not close; that the closing may be delayed or that the companies may be required to modify aspects of the acquisition to obtain regulatory approvals; the satisfaction of closing conditions to the acquisition; the reaction of customers of Citrix and Zenprise to the proposed acquisition; Citrix’s timing and ability to successfully support and integrate Zenprise’s technologies, products, operations (including migration of Zenprise to Citrix systems and controls) and employees; the introduction of new technologies and products by competitors or the entry of new competitors into the markets for Citrix and Zenprise technologies and products; the failure by Citrix to retain key employees of Zenprise; failure to further develop and successfully market Zenprise’s technologies and products, including failure to execute Citrix sales and marketing plans and failure to successfully partner with key distributors, resellers, original equipment manufacturers and strategic partners; failure to achieve or maintain anticipated revenues and operating performance contributions from Zenprise; failure to comply with federal, state and international regulations; the impact of the global economy and uncertainty in the IT spending environment; the success and growth of our product lines; our product concentration and ability to develop and commercialize new products and services while maintaining sales of our established products; disruptions due to changes in key personnel and succession risks; seasonal fluctuations in our business; our reliance on and the success of partners for the marketing and distribution of Citrix products; our ability to maintain and expand Citrix’s business in small sized and large enterprise accounts; the size, timing and recognition of revenue from significant orders; the success of investments in our product groups, foreign operations and vertical and geographic markets; the management of anticipated future growth; the recruitment and retention of qualified employees; risks in effectively controlling operating expenses, including failure to manage unexpected expenses; impairment of the value of our investments; the effect of new accounting pronouncements on revenue and expense recognition; litigation and disputes, including challenges to our intellectual property rights or allegations of infringement of the intellectual property rights of third parties; the inability to further innovate our technology due to the intellectual property rights of third parties; changes in our pricing and licensing models, promotional programs and product mix, all of which may impact Citrix revenue recognition or those of our competitors; charges in the event of the impairment of assets acquired through business combinations and licenses; competition, international market readiness and execution risks; unanticipated changes in tax rates or exposure to additional tax liabilities; risks of political and social turmoil and other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.
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¹”Assess Your Mobile Engagement Maturity,” Forrester Research, Inc., November 12, 2012
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