Acquisition of Mobile Device Management Leader, Fromdistance, Completes Phase 1 of Numara’s ITOM Cloud Strategy, Delivering Integrated Mobile Device Management, Service Management and Endpoint Lifecycle Management
London, UK, October 18, 2011 – Numara® Software, Inc. today detailed its new strategy to deliver the first comprehensive cloud portfolio that seamlessly enables IT management to integrate mobile device, service and endpoint lifecycle management, and present these ITOM capabilities to the IT support staff in a single pane of glass. To support this vision, the company acquired Fromdistance, a leader in cloud-based mobile device management (MDM). Numara’s complete cloud portfolio will be available in November.
“Companies have rushed to bring to the market cloud solutions that only address a small segment of IT management issues with no one fully integrating service management and device management solutions; until now,” said Dave Hansen, Numara CEO. “With the Fromdistance acquisition and the integration of our cloud-based service and endpoint management technologies, we are raising the bar by delivering end to end cloud-based IT operations management. This enables us to deliver device management tools, whether they are physical, virtual or mobile, as well as the essential service management tools that orchestrate the overall IT service.”
It’s no secret that cloud and mobile are the two primary drivers in today’s IT operations market. Earlier this year, Gartner projected that enterprises would spend $112 billion on cloud-related technologies in 2011, with an increase to $150 billion by 2013. The firm also reported that 428 million mobile devices were sold globally in the first quarter of 2011. While many companies have embraced these market trends, the rush to be the first provider has resulted in a proliferation of cloud portfolios lacking certain capabilities. Disparate service offerings have driven customers to engage with different providers for their various cloud needs, adding complexity and cost. With the incorporation of Fromdistance in its cloud strategy, Numara addresses these issues head on.
Numara Cloud Solutions
Unlike competitive cloud offerings, which are specialised and highly fragmented, Numara’s suite of highly integrated cloud solutions address the full portfolio of mobile device, endpoint lifecycle and service management. Numara now provides medium to large enterprises with a single cloud-based solution that can manage, secure, control, track, remediate and retire all devices whether they are servers, desktops, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
“It is inefficient and costly for companies to use multiple cloud providers for expertise in certain areas of IT management,” said Matt Dircks, vice president of products at Numara. “When it comes to deploying cloud solutions, customers are demanding a flexible, secure and integrated solution. Our new cloud portfolio and expanded capabilities have uniquely positioned us to be the single supplier of cloud solutions customers have requested. Additionally, we deliver this service via three tier 1 datacenters in the United States, Europe and Far East, uniquely leveraging IPv6 and allowing us to provide class-leading speed, security and redundancy.”
Focused on managing and securing physical, virtual and mobile devices as well as optimising the service management of all underpinning IT operations, Numara’s cloud-based product offerings will be delivered starting in November.
“We are very excited to join the Numara team,” said Jouko Vierumäki, Fromdistance CEO and founder. “Incorporating our mature mobile device management technology into a broader IT operations management solution is the logical step for us and one that will have great benefit to our respective customers.”
Fromdistance’s technology has been identified by Gartner as a strong niche player in its April 2011 magic quadrant for mobile device management software. The acquisition will not only benefit existing Numara customers who can now manage and secure their mobile devices from a single pane of glass, but will benefit Fromdistance customers and partners as well. For the first time, companies will reap the benefits of being able to integrate their mobile solutions with service and endpoint lifecycle management solutions. Vierumäki will assume a leadership role in Numara’s product group where he and his team will also continue working with existing Fromdistance customers. The terms of the acquisition were not revealed.
About Numara Software
Numara Software is a leading provider of integrated IT management solutions for Desktop Management, PC Lifecycle Management, Security & Compliance, Help Desk and Service Desk. Designed to optimise IT management, Numara FootPrints and Numara Track-It! collectively support more than 50,000 customer sites and nearly 20 million IT assets worldwide. Widely known for our dedicated focus on ease of use and affordability for our customers, our IT solutions deliver fast time-to-value, increased control, and reduced risk for small businesses to large companies. For more information, visit www.numarasoftware.co.uk.
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