January 31, 2012 – IBM announced a move in the enterprise mobile space Tuesday with the proposed acquisition of privately-held Worklight. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Worklight software enables development and delivery off HTML5, hybrid and native applications for mobile, middleware, end-to-end security, and integrated management and analytics. The vendor supports consumer and enterprise applications for smartphones and tablets used for various industries, including financial services, retail and health care. An existing IBM partner, Worklight will be part of IBM’s Software Group under the proposed acquisition.

Marie Wieck, IBM general manager for application and infrastructure middleware, said in a news release that Worklight is intended to expand mobile BI offerings to clients, particularly with integration and management of customized applications and BYOD (bring your own device) use.

“Our clients are under increased pressure to meet the growing demands of a workforce and customer base that now treat mobility as mission critical to their business,” said Wieck.

Worklight is based in New York and was founded in 2006, according to its website. The proposed deal is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2012, IBM stated.

It is the third acquisition of the calendar year for IBM, though the first in the mobile area. Transaction advisory and analysis firm Corum Group forecast acquisitions in the mobile and communications space as a backdrop to many enterprise software, cloud and data management deals throughout 2012.