HP boosts enterprise mobile management offering

HP has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Bitfone, a privately held company that develops enterprise software solutions for mobile device management in the wireless industry.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  December 26, 2006

HP has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Bitfone, a privately held company that develops enterprise software solutions for mobile device management in the wireless industry. The purchase forms part of HP’s ongoing strategy to increase its mobile enterprise business. The vendor claims that acquiring Bitfone will strengthen its ability to provide customers with a flexible, modular approach to building a mobile infrastructure. “Mobile device management is a key component to driving widespread mobile IT deployments,” said Dave Rothschild, VP handheld business unit, PSG at HP. “With the acquisition of Bitfone, HP adds mobile device management to a comprehensive management suite that already includes servers, desktops and notebooks.” With mobile devices fast becoming part of the core enterprise IT infrastructure the need to incorporate these devices into existing management systems and frameworks continues to grow. HP reckons that purchasing Bitfone gives it the software tools required to help business customers reduce device support costs and ensure smoother device deployments, migration and replacement. “As a leading technology innovator in the mobile device management and wireless space, Bitfone has built a world-class software platform over the past six years,” said Gene Wang, chairman and CEO at Bitfone. “We are proud to be joining HP, where we can continue to innovate and provide software solutions that deliver a more compelling mobile experience.” Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Bitfone has approximately 130 employees and will become part of HP PSG’s handheld business unit once the transaction is completed.

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