Arxan acquires MAM provider Apperian to enhance mobile and IoT operations

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Application security provider Arxan Technologies has announced the acquisition of mobile app management (MAM) provider Apperian to help its mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) push.

Discussions between the two companies had been going on for almost a year with a plethora of options on the table, from strategic partnerships to investment, before settling on acquisition because both companies’ management “felt that there were so many synergies that the companies could maximise impact and value by becoming one organisation,” an Apperian spokesperson told Enterprise AppsTech.

Apperian’s MAM software has long been regarded as a leader in the field, with Gartner’s first ever excursion into MAM analysis as a standalone report last year – the company had seen enquiries into MAM double in 2015 – validating the company’s expertise.

From Arxan’s side, the company had noted ‘substantial growth’ in enterprises investing in mobile and IoT applications, and sees Apperian as the ideal partner. “This acquisition puts Arxan in a unique position with the strongest and most comprehensive solution for enterprise application protection and management for both mobile and IoT,” said Arxan CEO Joe Sander in a statement.

One of the key drivers behind the acquisition was the ability to deliver value to both company’s customer bases, whether they were existing customers or quickly serving new customers. “With Arxan steadily broadening throughout the enterprise, customers will benefit from Apperian’s capabilities and expertise with SaaS software and enterprise deployments,” an Apperian spokesperson added. “With the majority of Arxan customers also having enterprise mobile apps, customers will benefit from easy access to the market-leading ability to securely deploy those apps [to] all potential users – whether or not those users are using MDM-enrolled devices.”

Apperian will continue to operate as an autonomous business unit wholly owned by Arxan, with Mark Lorion, formerly chief marketing officer, heading up the operation as president and general manager. Brian Day, previously CEO, joined Fuze as CFO last month. “We share an ‘app-centric philosophy’ with Arxan and believe that mobile apps should be protected so that they can be safely distributed to any user leveraging any device,” Lorion said in a statement. “Enterprises are realising the significant benefits of applying security and management at the app level to maximise the secure adoption and reach of their mobile apps.”

Lorion wrote for this publication this time last year about how 2016 would be a “big year” for investments in enterprise mobility programs. This year, it seems in Apperian’s case it’s a big year for investments in enterprise mobility providers.

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