December 6, 2012 – Citrix plans to buy mobile device management vendor Zenprise in a move meant to answer the growing call for security and flexibility in enterprise BYOD. 

Citrix stated that Zenprise’s mobile device management offerings would be integrated with its Citrix CloudGateway and Me@Work mobile applications and capabilities. Citrix VP and GM of Mobile Solutions Sumit Dhawan said in a release on the proposed deal that Zenprise is anticipated to bring on an “experienced” team with work on more than 1 million devices as part of Citrix’s efforts to present a unified mobile platform with a focus on enterprise data controls. Zenprise recently added geo-location, security and collaboration features to the latest version of its MobileManager solution.

For better or worse, there is a body of discussion that the years ahead will be huge for all facets of enterprise mobile adoption. With business use tapped into a majority of the 1 billion smart devices expected to be in use in 2013, Gartner put enterprises at the will of its users and warned that BYOD policies must be included in overall data governance practices. Nucleus Research recently remarked that enterprise wariness over BYOD controls may lead businesses to ditch consumerization altogether.

Privately held Zenprise was founded in 2003 and is based Redwood City, Calif. with an executive team that carries with it previous work for NetApp, Terracotta and NAS vendor Zambeel.

This would mark the first major acquisition by Citrix since the April buyout of on-demand work collaboration platform startup Podio.

Financial details of the proposed deal were not disclosed. Citrix anticipates it will close by the first quarter of 2013.

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